Barbara Bush, always with her quick wit, tells her husband, George H. B. Bush, that he could be speaker of the house.
George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, appeared yesterday on NBC’s “Today Show” for an emotional Valentine’s Day special about their lasting love. While reading one particularly sentimental segment about their saved love letters, the 41st president began to tear up. Barbara to offered swiftly delivered comparison between her husband and the current Speaker of the House, John Boehner (although not by name).
According to the Huffington Post:
In the interview, conducted by their granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, the former president began to read a particular letter from 1994, nearly 50 years after their marriage:
“Will you marry me? Whoops. I forgot you did that 49 years ago today. I was very happy on that day in 1945, but I’m even happier today. You give me joy that few men know. I’ve climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband,” Bush read, his voice cracking slightly. “Little did I know I was only trying to keep up with Barbara Pierce from Onondaga Street in Rye, New York. I love you.”
After a brief pause for Bush to collect himself after the dramatic recitation, Barbara responded:
“You know what? You could be Speaker of the House.”
Sadly, the art of letter writing is a dying art for many. Many of us just make phone calls and have email. What will be left for future generations of our every day lives? A significant part of history record keeping will go the way of the dinosaur because of phone calls, texting, and emails. How many pictures will be lost because they are digital? We will know more about famous people and much less about people who are just ordinary, every-day folks.