Barbara Bush was one of the most admired First Ladies in the history of the US presidencies. George H.W. Bush’s wife was involved in numerous organizations tackling illiteracy. One of the couple’s sons, Neil, was suffering from dyslexia, which prompted Barbara to be concerned with this problem on a larger scale.
Former First Lady wrote several books, proceeds from which went to various literacy programs. She also started the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989.
Barbara was an active public speaker and gained many admirers for her humorous demeanor. As a result, she often ranked in the top 3 of most looked up to women in the US.
George and Barbara Bush retired in 1992, after he wasn’t elected for the second term.
Major health struggles
Barbara Bush was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, the type of thyroid illness, back in 1988. At that time, the Bush presidency just started, so Barbara had to carry out her official duties, while undergoing a radiation therapy.
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