Kansans share memories of meeting the late Barbara Bush


The nation is still mourning the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Some Kansans had the opportunity to meet the woman known as “America’s Grandma.”

“You don’t see that a lot in politics, where the family is the center of their life and you could see that with Barbara and George.”

That’s exactly how Kansas Republican Party Chair Kelly Arnold says he’ll remember the late Barbara Bush.

“America’s Grandma, she really was,” he said. “I mean, the way she spoke, the stories she would tell, it’s just like anybody’s grandma. And, that’s just kind of really what she was.”

It’s nickname validated first hand after Arnold was invited to her home in Maine. 

“She actually came out a little bit later because she was getting prepared to meet us,” he said. “She always wanted to look her best. So, she finally came out. It’s true you see the dogs first. She loves her dogs.”

But, the other love that couldn’t go unnoticed was the love she had for her husband of 73 years.

“In fact, the way that she talked to President Bush she would just turn and say you know, ‘George you need to fix this collar on your shirt,'” said Arnold.

Sixteen years ago, the former First Lady made a stop in El Dorado. She was there to speak at Butler Community College. It’s a day Kelly Snedden will never forget. 

“She shared little funny stories of slight little mishaps that may have happened in a very formal banquet and just had everybody laughing,” she said. “She shared with us some memories that really nobody ever got to see.”

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