George and Barbara Bush celebrate 70th wedding anniversary
Former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush are marking a milestone in their love story this Tuesday, celebrating 70 years of marriage.
The longest-wed presidential couple set the record in 2000 when they surpassed John and Abigail Adam’s 54-year union.
Their story began when they met at a Christmas dance at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., when the future president was 16 years old. A year and a half later, the couple was engaged, right before President Bush shipped out overseas to fight in World War II as a naval pilot.
A few years later, in Sept. 1944, Bush was sent home after he was shot down and nearly killed during a mission over the Pacific. A few months later, Bush and then Barbara Pierce were married in Rye, N.Y. on Jan. 6, 1945. The future president was 20 and Barbara was 19. They would have six children–one of whom died as a toddler–, including future President George W. Bush.
“I married the first man I ever kissed,” Barbara once said. “When I tell my children that they just about throw up.”
I can’t help but think that this is how we ought to be now.
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This is such an admirable family, so dedicated to public service.
Ad multos annos.