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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Mourns the Loss of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

April 17, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady and matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara Pierce Bush,” said Cole. “I have had the opportunity over numerous years to interact with the late First Lady. Like all those who have had that privilege, I came away impressed by her wit, wisdom, strength and compassion.
“Barbara Bush was the beloved wife of one president and the cherished mother of another. But she was equally proud of every member of her family. Known affectionately within her family as both the ‘Silver Fox’ and ‘The Enforcer,’ she was both wily and tough.
“Every American, regardless of party, admired Barbara Bush, and appreciated the manner in which she discharged her duties as First Lady. We will all miss her.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with President George H.W. Bush, who has lost his lifelong companion, and with the entire Bush family. America grieves with each and every one of them for the loss of a wonderful spouse, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a role model to Americans of every generation.”