George H.W. Bush on book on romance with Barbara: 'A wonderful walk down memory lane'

Caroline Tanner
In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, left, speak before a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA basketball tournament in Houston. A family spokesman said on April 15, 2018, that the former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment.

WASHINGTON — The love story of the longest married presidential couple in U.S. history lives on, as former president George H.W. Bush tweeted in memory of his wife, Barbara, from a hospital bed on Friday.

"Enjoying a great book and a wonderful walk down memory lane this morning," Bush said on Twitter. "Yet another reminder of just how lucky I have been in life."

The tweet featured a photo of the 93-year-old with the new book about his decades-long romance with his late wife, George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story. The memoir, published by Down East Books, is co-authored by Ellie LeBlond Sosa and was released Friday.

Earlier this week, family spokesman Jim McGrath announced that Bush had been hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue while on vacation in Maine.

Bush and the former first lady were married for 73 years, before she died at age 92 in mid-April.

The couple has long spoken of their "storybook" romance, a term Bush penned in his autobiography to describe their meeting as teenagers a Christmas dance in 1941. At the time, he was 17 and his future wife was just one year younger. He served in World War II as a Navy pilot, and when he returned on leave, the two officially announced their engagement. Two weeks later, Barbara Pierce married the first man she ever kissed.

Shortly before she died, Barbara said she was "still old" and "still in love" with her husband. 

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