In her memoir, Bush wrote about her father saying “Daddy was really bright and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, while at the same time waiting tables and tending furnaces.”
“Miami is where Daddy fell in love with Mother who was studying to be a teacher,” she wrote in the memoir.
Barbara’s brother, Scott Pierce also attended Miami University.
In 2000, Barbara joined several Butler County politicians at Lakota East High School in Liberty Twp. to campaign for her son’s presidential run.
In front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 GOP supporters, Barbara told the crowd that George W. Bush’s opponent, then-Vice President Al Gore, had “very poor manners during the debates. Plus, he has a huge tendency to exaggerate the truth,” according to a Nov. 6, 2000 article in the Journal-News.
Barbara Bush with former State Sen. Barry Levey in Middletown in 1988, just before Election Day.
During that campaign stop, Barbara, 75 years old at the time, addressed her son making potential Social Security cuts, by saying: “Do you really think this senior citizen with white hair would let him wreck Social Security?”
Then-U.S. Rep. John Boehner agreed with Barbara’s ringing endorsement of her son for president.
“I know George W. Bush, and he is a great and honorable person,” Boehner told the Journal-News at the event. “He’s that way because he had great and wonderful parents.”
Barbara Bush visits Middletown just before the 1988 election.