On Tuesday, April 17, former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush passed away. The 92-year-old had been suffering from several illnesses, and her passing came only two days after her family revealed that she would no longer be seeking medical treatment.
In the wake of her death, many people from around the nation have been showing an outpouring of support for the Bush family. Additionally, many people have talked about the legacy of wisdom that she left behind.
Now, one of her former secret security officers has spoken out about one of his last moments with her. Jonathan Wackrow spoke out to CNN about the last request that Barbara Bush had asked of him, after George H.W. Bush had finished up his time in the White House.
First, Wackrow talked about his initial impressions of Mrs. Bush. Then, he talked about two specific stories that stick out to him.
He said, “While I was never permanently assigned to her detail, I am thankful for two specific moments with Mrs. Bush, ones I will cherish as defining experiences in my career and testaments to her legacy, her candor and grace.”
He proceeded to tell one story about the first time they met. Then, he told another story regarding the last thing that Mrs. Bush requested from him.
Below is the story:
“Many years later, I encountered Mrs. Bush again when she made a visit to the New Jersey area. This time, I was driving her limo from New York City to an appointment in New Jersey.”
“The motorcade was small and unassuming- traits that Mrs. Bush appreciated- consisting of a few Secret Service vehicles and one unmarked New York police vehicle. But upon exiting the Holland Tunnel into New Jersey, we were joined by an assortment of New Jersey State Police vehicles and motorcycles operating with full lights and sirens.”
“Typically, this was not the way that the former First Lady liked to travel, as it drew undue attention. However, in this instance- with her husband’s presidency behind her- she was thrilled. Taking a quick glance in the rear-view mirror, I could see an amazing smile illuminating her face as she turned to her staff in the back seat, exclaiming, ‘They remember me! We have not had this much excitement since the White House!’”
“After her meeting, as the motorcade started to travel back to New York, Mrs. Bush leaned forward and asked the head of her protective detail if we could stop before getting back into New York City, as she wanted to thank all the police officers who, she said, ‘so warmly welcomed me to New Jersey.’”
“Peering out the limo’s back windshield, I will never forget the image of Mrs. Bush shaking hands with the officers. It was a genuine moment of sincerity and unguarded kindness delivered out of the public eye, which, to me, defined this great woman.”
What do you think about this? Do you love that our First Lady was so adamant about showing thanks to our police officers?! Let us know your thoughts and please continue praying for the Bush family. In other recent news, current First Lady Melania Trump stunned once again in her outfit at the recent state dinner.