Later, during their dad’s administration, Barbara Bush admonished the leader of the free world when he got too comfy. “I don’t care if you are the President of the United States, take your feet off my coffee table,’” she said. Bush 43 complied.
Tanenblatt chuckled at the twins’ anecdotes.
“She was sincere but she was clearly someone who spoke her mind,” he said. “There were no airs about her.”
In recent years, Tanenblatt joined the Bushes in Kennebunkport, Maine, for her 90th birthday, which served as a fundraiser for her literacy foundation.
“The good work of her foundation will carry on that legacy,” he said. During his time there, he recalled seeing Barbara Bush enjoying walks on the beach.
“She was very unassuming,” he said. “She was like every average person you see on the street.”