Former first lady Barbara Bush died at 92 on Tuesday, prompting mourning from both sides of the political aisle. Now, her granddaughter, Today show anchor Jenna Bush Hager, is paying tribute with to her late “Ganny,” which she read on the air Thursday morning.
In the letter, she recalls the time when she and her twin sister, also named Barbara, snuck into the White House bowling alley at age 7 and ordered peanut butter sandwiches — only to get a scolding. “[You told] us under no circumstances could we order food in the White House again, this was not a hotel,” Bush Hager wrote. “You taught us humility and grace.”
She also talked about the incredible love between Barbara and her husband, President George H.W. Bush. “You and Gampy embodied unconditional love,” she wrote. “At our wedding Henry and I asked you to read because we so hoped we could emulate your love story. Your love letters will be passed down to my girls so they know what true devotion looks like.”
Bush Hager also talked about Barbara’s daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at just three years old. “Now, you are reunited with your little girl Robin. She died so young, you called her your sweet angel in heaven,” Bush Hater wrote. “And though I never knew her, her words are still today and forever will be a treasured part of our family.”
In the letter, Bush Hager revealed one of the final emails she received from her grandmother. The subject line simply read “You,” and the body read, “I am watching you. I love you. Ganny.”
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