Former First Lady Barbara Bush laid to rest
Black Caucus Chair: She “championed the cause of literacy”

President George H. W. Bush, (center) (l-r) First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, First Lady Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and current First Lady Melania Trump at the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – First Lady Barbara Bush was laid to rest on Saturday, April 21. Former Presidents George H. W. Bush, her husband, George W. Bush (her son); Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attended the services, held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. First Lady Melania Trump and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Michelle Obama also attended.

President Donald Trump did not attend he said, to prevent the distractions of a presidential presence, such as security. The group posed for a photograph, released by the White House after the funeral.

Upon the death of Mrs. Bush, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush:

“Barbara Bush was not only the matriarch of an American political dynasty but the matriarch to many throughout the country—one who raised a family of national leaders, including a president and a governor. As First Lady, Barbara Bush championed the cause of literacy and understood, as the members of the Congressional Black Caucus understand, that education is the pathway out of poverty. The Congressional Black Caucus sends our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family as they mourn the loss of a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We join the nation in our appreciation of Barbara Bush’s public service.”