Former first lady Barbara Bush stands between her lifelong husband George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush. Mrs Bush died on Tuesday, aged 92. Photo: Reuters

Matriarch, enforcer, commander: how America’s ‘first grandmother’ Barbara Bush stole the public’s heart

While her motherliness was genuine – her five children warmly attest to that – she had a sharp tongue and a steely side that surfaced in her fierce loyalty to her husband

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Former first lady Barbara Bush stands between her lifelong husband George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush. Mrs Bush died on Tuesday, aged 92. Photo: Reuters
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