Former President George H.W. Bush paid a subtle tribute to his late wife, Barbara Bush, at her funeral on Saturday.
The former president wore a pair of socks decorated with stacks of colorful books, in a nod to his partner’s longstanding commitment to advancing literacy.
George H.W. Bush wore socks with books on them in dedication to Barbara at her funeral today.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 21, 2018
Barbara raised over $110 million over 30 years for family literacy. pic.twitter.com/WqZvgB4J0Q
Aides to George HW Bush say the former president is sporting what he calls “book socks” today — an ode to the former first lady’s lifelong advocacy for literacy. ????— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) April 21, 2018
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which the former first lady founded in 1989, is dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for people of all ages. It has contributed more than $110 million to literacy programs in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Barbara Bush, who has written multiple books herself, served as honorary chair of the foundation until 2012, when she handed over the reins to her daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch.
Barbara Bush’s funeral took place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday, a day after thousands of people stopped by to pay respects during a public viewing. The service was attended by former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and First Lady Melania Trump, in addition to the Bush family and about 1,500 other guests.
Barbara Bush died on Tuesday at age 92.