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她知道她是谁,她也没有必要为此道歉。在1990的春天,韦尔斯利大学母校的管理,因为它发生,Hillary Rodham Clinton邀请了Barbara Bush,当时的美国第一夫人,说在毕业典礼上接受荣誉学位。在女子学院的学生抗议,宣布在一份请愿书,布什夫人在丈夫的成就得到了承认,“在Wellesley”告诉我们,我们就会对自己的优点的基础上,而不是在一个配偶。”
 
于是,一场世代的战斗就开始了。当她的丈夫乔治·H·W·布什把它放在他私人的白宫日记中时,布什夫人受到了攻击,“因为她还没有自己动手——她在哪里,因为她是她丈夫的妻子。”布什先生补充道:“她是一个好母亲,一个好的WI,这是怎么了?”FE,伟大的志愿者,伟大的领袖识字和其他良好的原因?没什么,但听这些精英们有”。在二十世纪,过去十年的年轻女性,布什夫人,谁掉了史密斯学院结婚,似乎回到了一个不那么开明的时代。
 
布什夫人,谁死在星期二在92岁时,从不退缩,出现在Wellesley,用她的演讲对人生选择的复杂性探索。她告诉毕业生们,没有一条路可以走,一个人走在心里,尽力做到最好。她说:“也许我们应该调整得更快一些,也许我们应该调整得更慢一些。”但是无论时代如何,无论时代如何,一件事永远不会改变:父亲和母亲,如果你有孩子,他们必须先行。你必须阅读你的孩子,拥抱你的孩子,你必须爱你的孩子。你作为一个家庭的成功,我们作为一个社会的成功,不取决于白宫发生的事情,而是取决于你家里发生了什么。
 
最热烈的掌声响起,她说也许有人会像她一样,有一天主持白宫作为总统的配偶。“我祝他一切顺利,”布什夫人说。
 
这是经典的Barbara Pierce Bush:政治上娴熟、平衡和对丈夫有利,因为她表现得既合理又保守,这是布什先生自己政治人物的精髓。
 
Barbara Bush是最伟大的一代的第一夫人,一个女人谁是年龄在中世纪,经历了世界大战,在德克萨斯建了一个生命,抚养她的家庭,失去了女儿的白血病,促进政治第一丈夫的上升,然后是她的儿子。作为一个总统和另一个母亲的妻子,她是有区别的,只属于一个美国人在共和国的历史上,Abigail Adams。
 
它既不伤感也不夸张,要注意到Barbara Bush是最后一位主持两党连任的首府的第一夫人。她和她的丈夫是罗斯福曾经被称为“人际关系科学”的大师。
 
部分的原因是对生育文化的性格促使Wellesley抗议者说出来。1925生于纽约,在Rye,N.Y.长大,长形的婆婆,黄蜂代码Dorothy Walker Bush,布什夫人是本能的热情好客。老布什执政的精神契合与文明,从我们自己时代的党派凶猛相去甚远。在她的白宫里,在戴维营和沃克的家里,缅因州海岸的一个家庭——民主党人和共和党人受到了同样的欢迎和平等的欢迎。
 
她总是知道她在干什么,乔治·H·W·布什把生活看成是一次伟大的冒险和一次长期的重聚。从耶鲁毕业1948年后,布什先生自己开车到敖德萨、Tex.,向巴巴拉和George W.,谁是出生在1946,一旦他租了半双工他们分享一个妓女母女团队。这是布什在美国奥德赛的27次行动中的第一次。
 
写她的父母从敖德萨来感谢他们给25美元支付幼儿园的George W.,布什夫人说,“G.W.B.在他魔鬼一点。今天早上我在写信的时候,他把一个开罐器插进了我的腿。非常痛苦,我能做的就是不给他一两个戳。“他们会亲切地戏弄对方几十年,小布什经常说他继承了他父亲的眼睛和他母亲的嘴。
 
她的舌头会尖的。1984、在她轻率地描述Geraldine Ferraro,谁反对她的丈夫Walter Mondale的副总统竞选搭档,一个字的韵与“丰富,”她承认,她的家庭现在称她为“桂冠诗人”。
 
她孜孜不倦地提倡扫盲。

She knew who she was, and she saw no need to apologize for it. In the spring of 1990, the administration of Wellesley College — the alma mater, as it happened, of Hillary Rodham Clinton — invited Barbara Bush, then the first lady of the United States, to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree. Students at the women’s college protested, declaring in a petition that Mrs. Bush had “gained recognition through the achievements of her husband,” and adding that Wellesley “teaches us that we will be rewarded on the basis of our own merit, not on that of a spouse.”

And so a generational battle was joined. As her husband, George H. W. Bush, put it in his private White House diary, Mrs. Bush was being attacked “because she hasn’t made it on her own — she’s where she is because she’s her husband’s wife.” Mr. Bush added: “What’s wrong with the fact that she’s a good mother, a good wife, great volunteer, great leader for literacy and other fine causes? Nothing, but to listen to these elitist kids there is.” To the young women of the last decade of the 20th century, Mrs. Bush, who had dropped out of Smith College to marry, seemed a throwback to a less enlightened time.

Mrs. Bush, who died on Tuesday at age 92, never flinched, appearing at Wellesley and using her commencement address to explore the complexities of life’s choices. There was no single path, she told the graduates; one followed one’s heart and did the best one could. “Maybe we should adjust faster, maybe we should adjust slower,” she said. “But whatever the era, whatever the times, one thing will never change: Fathers and mothers, if you have children — they must come first. You must read to your children, hug your children, and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

The loudest applause came when she remarked that perhaps there was someone in the audience who would, like her, one day preside over the White House as the president’s spouse. “And I wish him well,” Mrs. Bush said.

It was classic Barbara Pierce Bush: politically skillful, balanced — and good for her husband, for she presented herself as at once reasonable and reasonably conservative, which was the essence of Mr. Bush’s own political persona.

Barbara Bush was the first lady of the Greatest Generation — a woman who came of age at midcentury, endured a world war, built a life in Texas, raised her family, lost a daughter to leukemia, and promoted first her husband’s rise in politics, and then that of her sons. As the wife of one president and the mother of another, she holds a distinction that belongs to only one other American in the history of the Republic, Abigail Adams.

It’s neither sentimental nor hyperbolic to note that Barbara Bush was the last first lady to preside over an even remotely bipartisan capital. She and her husband were masters of what Franklin D. Roosevelt once referred to as “the science of human relationships.”

Part of the reason grew out of the generational and cultural disposition that had prompted the Wellesley protesters to speak out. Born in New York City in 1925, raised in Rye, N.Y., and long shaped by the WASP code of her mother-in-law, Dorothy Walker Bush, Mrs. Bush was reflexively hospitable. The elder Bushes governed in a spirit of congeniality and of civility, a far cry from the partisan ferocity of our own time. In her White House — and at Camp David and at Walker’s Point, the family’s compound on the coast of Maine — Democrats and Republicans were welcomed with equal frequency and equal grace.

She had always known what she was getting into, for George H. W. Bush saw life as both a great adventure and as a long reunion mixer. After graduating from Yale in 1948, Mr. Bush drove himself to Odessa, Tex., sending for Barbara and George W., who had been born in 1946, once he’d rented half a duplex they were to share with a mother-daughter team of prostitutes. It was the first of 27 moves the Bushes would make on their American odyssey.

Writing her parents from Odessa to thank them for sending $25 to pay for nursery school for George W., Mrs. Bush reported that “G.W.B. has a wee bit of the Devil in him. This a.m. while I was writing a letter early he stuck a can opener into my leg. Very painful and it was all I could do to keep from giving him a jab or two.” They would lovingly tease each other for decades; George W. Bush often said he had inherited his father’s eyes and his mother’s mouth.

And her tongue could be sharp. In 1984, after she unwisely described Geraldine Ferraro, who campaigned against her husband as Walter Mondale’s vice-presidential running mate, as a word that rhymed with “rich,” she acknowledged that her family was now referring to her as the “poet laureate.”

She was tireless in her advocacy for literacy, and in 1989, at a time when AIDS was still shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding, Mrs. Bush visited a home for H.I.V.-infected infants in Washington, and hugged the children there, as well as an infected adult man. It sent a powerful message — one of compassion, of love, of acceptance. Her popularity as first lady was such that, in 1992, some voters sported buttons with a final plea for the World War II generation: “Re-Elect Barbara’s Husband.”

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