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Reaction pours in after Barbara Bush dies at 92

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush in 2005. The wife of former President George H.W.  Bush died Tuesday night, April 17, 2018. She was 92.
Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush in 2005. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush died Tuesday night, April 17, 2018. She was 92. AP file photo

Immediately following the announcement of the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, condolences and heart-felt messages of love began appearing across social media.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, her son, shared a statement on Facebook: "Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life. I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush."

Bush, 92, died Tuesday night, only days after the family announced that the wife of President George H.W. Bush was in failing health and would not seek further medical treatment.

Her grandson George P. Bush took to Twitter to share his admiration for his grandmother.

"My grandmother's entire life was focused on others," he said. "For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all."

President Donald Trump said in a statement on Twitter that he and his wife Melania "join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush."

"As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American Family," he wrote.

Several former presidents including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama sent their love to the Bush family.

"Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman," Clinton wrote on Twitter. "She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes."

Clinton developed a close relationship with the Bush family after he was president, often visiting the family at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Obama called Barbara Bush "the rock of a family dedicated to public service."

Local politicians also began reacting to the news Tuesday night.

“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, said in a statement. "She was the matriarch of an upstanding, patriotic family, shaping her children into honorable men and women, two of which who would later serve our country as President and Governor... I offer my deep condolences to former President George H.W. Bush, their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Barbara Pierce Bush's legacy is a blessing to our country.”

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