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George W. Bush shares his mother Barbara Bush's last words in a new book 'George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 June 2018, 11:45 IST

President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara have set an love story is eternal, their granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa reveals in her new book, George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story. George H.W. Bush and Barbara's love was immutable for one another.

Apart from Sosa, former President George W. Bush, wrote the book’s foreword in which he reflects on the power of his parents’ love — and how it impacted his mother’s last hours.

“On April 17, 2018, Barbara Pierce Bush spent her final hours the way she wanted: holding hands with the love of her life,” the former president, 71, writes. “Before Mom left this Earth, she said her soul was settled. She believed in God and Heaven above. And she knew that one day her soulmate, George H.W. Bush, would join her there for eternity.”

George and Barbara's relationship spanned more than seven decades. The seven decades includes their secret engagement as teenagers and the death of their young daughter, Robin, to George’s political career and lost bid for reelection, the book reveals how their connection remained strong no matter the situation.

“The longest-married Presidential couple in history has been an inspiration and example to Laura and me, to my siblings, and — I like to think — to many of our fellow citizens,” George W. Bush writes.

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Sosa has been inspired by her grandparents’ love story, “A year ago I interviewed [my grandmother] for the first time and my first question to her was, ‘What’s the secret sauce? What’s the secret to your marriage? How have you made it through 77 years with Gampy, my grandfather, and [you’re] still in love today?,” Sosa said during an interview with FOX & Friends on Friday. “She says, ‘Well I was in love and I am in love, so that’s not hard. What a silly question.’ So she was in love, they were in love — that’s the secret. That’s it, you just have to love each other.”

Since Barbara’s death at the age of 92, George H.W. Bush, 93, has been in and out of the hospital.

“Enjoying a great book and a wonderful walk down memory lane this morning,” George H.W. Bush tweeted on Friday. “Yet another reminder of just how lucky I have been in life. Very proud of the author and co-author too.”

“I was in Maine this weekend. I was with [my grandfather] in the hospital and he’s getting better everyday,” Sosa said. “I think he’s at peace. We all know my grandmother is in heaven and he knows he’ll be there with her one day.”

George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story by Ellie LeBlond Sosa and Kelly Anne Chase is on sale now.

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First published: 2 June 2018, 11:45 IST
 
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