An emotional Jenna Bush Hager provided America an update on the declining health of her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, on Monday.
“She’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer,” Jenna Bush Hager told her “Today” show colleagues. “We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”
A family spokesperson revealed Sunday that “after a series of hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush, now age 92 has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”
The wife of former President George H. W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush suffers from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The 36-year-old Bush Hager told the “Today” show cast that her grandmother is in “great spirits,” adding, “She is the best grandma anybody could have ever had – or have.”
Jenna Bush Hager added that the former first lady is “surrounded by family.”
“She’s with my grandpa, the man she’s loved for over 73 years. They are surrounded by family, but I think the fact that they’re together and that he still says, ‘I love you Barbie’ every night is pretty remarkable,” she said.
Hillary Clinton tweeted a message of support Monday.
Thinking about Barbara Bush’s legacy of service to our country and the extraordinary family she raised. Thanking her for her many kindnesses to me and my family. Wishing her the comfort she deserves surrounded by her loved ones.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 16, 2018
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton also shared words of support.
Keeping Barbara Bush and her family in my heart and prayers. I will never forget how kind she was to me on every occasion we met, and how fondly the White House staff always spoke of her.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 15, 2018
Former secretary of state who served under George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice also sent a message.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Barbara Bush and the Bush Family. God bless you, Mrs. Bush, and may he hold you in the palm of his hand.
— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) April 16, 2018
On Sunday, Vice President Pence said he is keeping the Bush family in his prayers.
Karen and I are praying for Barbara Bush and the entire Bush family tonight.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 16, 2018