President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were married for 73 years before Barbara’s death on April 17, 2018. They had six children, 17 grandchildren and a love story better than anything Hollywood could ever come up with.
The pair met as teenagers, engaged before WWII and married in 1945. Together, they shared hundreds of love letters over time depicting a lifetime of love, devotion and laughter.
In recent years, George and Barbara have shared these letters with the world and in a few tearful moments with granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager on “Today.”
On this Valentine’s Day, watch George H.W. and Barbara Bush share their touching love letters on TODAY in 2011 (and try not to cry!) pic.twitter.com/AhY7MNYcgO
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 14, 2017
Earlier this year, Barbara penned a note for the Smith Alumnae Quarterly saying, “I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago… George Bush has given me the world. He is the best—thoughtful and loving.”
In 2016, Barbara said humor kept her love alive with George and also, “the fact that he is… the world’s greatest man. I fell in love with him, practically at first sight.”
Typically, George was the sentimental one and Barbara not. During a segment for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” their relationship, was on full display. George read from a letter he had written before the pair got married and he followed it up with, “I still feel the same way.”
Barbara said, “you’re kidding? That’s really nice… when was the last time you called me precious? 1943?”
The historic couple even took their love story to a Jumbotron kiss-cam once.