The humble life of former First Lady Barbara Bush

Greetings from the Ridge.

Barbara Bush would never allow her children to brag, as modesty was chief among the virtues she demanded of her brood of six kids. I sat watching George W. in the front row of Mrs. Bush’s services last week, and although the speakers extolled the virtues of First Lady, America’s goodwill ambassador, and moral leader, I’m sure that all he thought about was . . . Mom. And despite his mother’s wishes, on that Houston morning he had something to brag about.

There’s always something very special, very comforting, about occasions like this when four U.S. presidents and their wives gather in the same room to pay tribute to one of their select club. Men, some of whom had bashed each other in past elections, sit side by side in the same church pew, no longer the center of anyone’s attention, merely participants.

Bush #41 and his wife belonged to the Greatest Generation for whom class, civility and demeanor were of the utmost importance. Both the President and Mrs. Bush were famous for writing thank-you notes. Class, courtesy . . . almost forgotten qualities inside the Washington D.C. beltline today. They didn’t tweet, they thanked. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>