Love Letters Between George H.W. Bush & Barbara Show Just How Much They Love Each Other

Though I’ve had my differences over opinion with the Bush presidencies through the years, I have always thought they were a lovely family. And although their politics are far too Progressive on the right for me, I believe in essence, they are very good people. These love letters are very touching and give a glimpse into the love they have for one another and what they were going through as George H.W. Bush prepared to go to war. He was so excited to go as a pilot to fight the enemy and then he fell in love. After that, he couldn’t wait to come home and be with Barbara. Love turns the world upside down for all of us.

From TheBlaze:

Decades-old love letters between former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara provide rare insight into the couple’s relationship during their engagement.

The letters, provided by the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum to the Independent Journal Review on Monday, were authored in 1943 and sent by Bush to his then-fiancée Barbara Pierce as he trained to be a WWII pilot.

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Image source: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum via Independent Journal Review

Image source: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum via Independent Journal Review

Image source: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum via Independent Journal Review

My Darling Bar,

This should be a fairly easy letter to write— words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can’t possibly say all in a letter I should like to.

I love you, precious; with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you—

So the days go by, the time of our departure draws nearer. For a long time I have anxiously looked forward to the day when we would go abroad and set to sea. It seemed that obtaining that goal would be all I could desire for some time, but, Bar, you have changed all that. I cannot say that I do not want to go—for that would be a lie. We have been working for a long time with a single purpose in mind, to be so equipped that we meet and defeat our enemy. I do want to go because it is my part. But now having present[ed] itself not as an adventure but as a job, which I hope, will be over before long. Even now, with a good while between us and the sea, I am thinking of getting back. This may sound melodramatic, but if it does it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have made my life full of everything I could ever dream of— my complete happiness should be to hear of my love for you.

Wednesday is definitely the commissioning and I do hope you’ll be there. I’ll call mom tomorrow about my plan. A lot of fellows put down their parents and they aren’t going so you could pose as Mrs.—. just say you lost the invite and give your name. They’ll check the list and you’ll be in. How proud I’ll be if you can come.

I’ll tell you all about the latest flying developments later. We have so much to do and so little time to do it in. It is frightening at times. The seriousness of this is beginning to strike home. I have been made Asst. Gunnery Officer. I’m afraid I know very little about it but I am excited at having such a job. I’ll tell you all about this later too.

The wind of late has been blowing like mad and our flying has been cut to a minimum. My plane, #2 now, is up at quonset having a carrier installed. It is Bar #2 but purely in spirit since the Atlantic fleet won’t let us have names on our planes.

Goodnight, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful you about kill me but you will have to accept it—

I hope I get Thursday off—there’s still a chance. All my love, darling—


Public fiancé as of 12/12/43.

Barbara, of course, replied:

Dear Poppy-

I think it was perfectly swell of you to invite me to the dance and I would love to come or go or whatever you say. I wrote (illegible name) yesterday or the day before and, rather logically, I haven’t heard from her but I’m sure she is going to let us come or go etc. I really am excited but scared to death, too. If you hear a big noise up there, don’t worry it’s just my knees knocking.

The Bush family recently gathered in Maine to celebrate Barbara’s 90th birthday.

What a wonderful family gathering on Barbara’s 90th birthday! Surrounded by a loving family, the love of her life and joy… that is how it should be. I cannot imagine how in love they were or how terrified both were of George going off to war. Not knowing if he would come back in one piece or at all. Then to have a wedding on top of that. But that is life for all of us; rich and poor; common and famous. It’s just how things go and in the end, the Bush family had a very happy ending and the rest is history. In the midst of all that has gone before, it began with a love story and that is how it will end.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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