Barbara Bush reading to children

Opinion

Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance

In response to the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush, John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance released the following statement:

“Yesterday, America lost a true champion for young people. Barbara Bush has been a fierce advocate for children and youth for many years. She stood together with us at the launch of America’s Promise 21 years ago and was an ally and inspiration ever since.

“Driven by her passion for reading, she dedicated her life’s work to empowering families through literacy. As First Lady, she launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, one of our national partners, with the goal of providing access to educational opportunities for young children and their parents. Mrs. Bush called the cause, ‘the most important issue we have.’ We know that her work will live on through the foundation and her countless influences over the years. 

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush with President George H.W. Bush in Philadelphia at the 1997 Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which launched America’s Promise Alliance.   

“As we honor her legacy, we will continue to pursue equal opportunity for more young people so they can reach their full potential. We know the American dream is still within reach for young people, but not without the commitment from caring adults like Barbara Bush. Let’s remember, celebrate, and learn from her many contributions.

“Our sincere condolences to President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and the entire Bush family.” 

The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. -Barbara Bush (1925 – 2018)