Even BuzzFeed has something positive to say about marriage. And, something positive to say about Republicans. In a recent homage to former President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, it published a montage of photographs covering the couple’s 73 years of marriage– the longest marriage of any U.S. president.
George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January. They first met at a Christmas dance in 1941 when he was 16-years-old. They got engaged before he left for war; Bush was naval pilot during World War II. After a long-distance courtship, they married in Rye, New York, on Jan. 6, 1945.
On Valentine’s Day 2017, the George H. W. Bush Library and Museum released a love letter from the future POTUS to the future First Lady that he wrote in 1943. He wrote it on the day their engagement announcement was published in the newspaper.
“I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday,” he wrote. “Goodnite, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful, you about kill me, but you’ll have to accept it.”
Jenna Bush Hager told a story about her grandparents’ love, and their love letters, and says her grandparent’s marriage of 73 years is one to emulate.
President Trump admitted, even he would never accomplish their remarkable accomplishment.
Earlier this week during his opening remarks at a joint press conference held with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he said of the Bush’s marriage, “I’ll never beat that record.” Trump, 71, has been married to his third wife, Melania, for 13 years.