Anytime a celebrity dies, particularly someone as well known as former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at 92, social media is flooded with thoughts and prayers from recognizable names. News about Bush was met with the same, although several messages stood out.
Actor Patrick Dempsey was quick to locate a photo he’d taken with the Bush family matriarch. “It was a pleasure to have met [her],” he captioned it.
A post shared by Patrick Dempsey (@patrickdempsey) on Apr 17, 2018 at 5:13pm PDT
Country singer Brad Paisley thanked her for her friendship.
This nation owes this woman a huge debt for her wisdom, guidance, and love. Rest In peace my friend. What an incredible & inspiring life you lived Barbara Bush. Thank you for your friendship and so many memories. #alifewelllived pic.twitter.com/qlDiYKcttt
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 18, 2018
Former CNN host Larry King also remembered Bush as “a great friend,” alongside a photo of Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, with King and his wife, Shawn King.
Our dear Barbara Bush. A grand lady, a great friend…she made the White House a brighter place. How we will miss you! Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/zrjm9FUoLD
— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 17, 2018
Former Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher lauded Bush for her philanthropic efforts, such as her Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Amoung many, I am also mourning tonight the loss of this remarkable First Lady, who role modeled for us everyday qualities we should all strive for. A fierce commitment to her family, country and causes. Strength, compassion and such life force, and friendship and lest us not forget humor. Barbara Bush was an amazing icon. I am blessed with the rich experience of knowing her and her family. I send them much love tonight. #bekind #giveback #helpothers #love
A post shared by Teri Hatcher (@officialterihatcher) on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:44pm PDT
Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt also befriended Bush through her charity work, specifically her efforts at the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.
Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush.
You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship. pic.twitter.com/yuZvQ7o8aH
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 17, 2018
The love and respect for Bush crossed party lines. Although many politicians gave statements, former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, noted in his statement that he came to know Bush better as he and her Republican son, former President George W. Bush, became friends. “Barbara joked that George and I spent so much time together,” he said, “I had become almost a member of the family, the ‘black sheep’ that had gone astray.”
Bill and Hillary Clinton statement on Barbara Bush recalls how close George HW and Bill Clinton had become during their post-presidencies. pic.twitter.com/0ZntAPEf1J
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 18, 2018
Maria Shriver, a member of another prominent family in American politics, the Kennedys, shared a photo of Bush with several other first ladies.
Barbara Bush served her country with class. She served her family with love and compassion. I’m grateful I knew her. And as an American, I’m grateful for her service. My heart goes out to her husband, children, great-grandchildren and the entire crew. A life beautifully lived. @barbarakinney
A post shared by Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) on Apr 17, 2018 at 5:01pm PDT
Real Housewives of New York City star Carole Radziwill, who has ties to the Kennedys because her mother-in-law is Lee Radziwill, the late Jackie Kennedy’s sister, said she had a warm encounter with Bush as a “young girl working at ABC News.”
I was lucky to have met First Lady Barbara Bush as a young girl working at ABC News. She was warm, elegant, and intelligent. An extraordinary life and lady. It could not have been easy. #firstlady #RIP #92
A post shared by Carole Radziwill (@caroleradziwill) on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:02am PDT
Radziwill’s message summed up what all the notes from celebrities who’d encountered Bush over the years seemed to say: She was extraordinary, even among the famous.
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