“Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way) by First Lady Barbara Bush”
with Jean Becker
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:00PM
Dixon Education Building

First Lady Barbara Bush was famous for handing out advice – to friends and family, heads of state and Supreme Court justices, and certainly to her staff. Her advice ranged from what to wear, what to say or not say, and how to live your life.

Bush especially loved visiting with students of all ages, from kindergartners to college graduates. When she turned 80, she owned up to all her advice-giving and explained it this way: “After all, in 80 years of living, I have survived 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 6 wars, a book by Kitty Kelly, two presidents, two governors, big Election Day wins and big Election Day losses, and 61 years of marriage to a husband who keeps jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. So, it’s just possible that along the way I’ve learned a thing or two.”

Bush was First Lady from 1989 to 1993, wife to President George H.W. Bush and mother to six children, including President George W. Bush. She was a champion of literacy and established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989. She wrote four books: C. Fred’s Story, Millie’s BookBarbara Bush: A Memoir, and Reflections: Life After the White House.

Jean Becker helped Barbara Bush write Pearls of Wisdom, which features reminiscences, stories, and advice from those who knew her best, including President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush, James A. Baker III, Jenna Bush Hager, and Jon Meacham.


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