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First Lady Barbara Bush

  • Barbara Bush
    Chas Fagan
    official portrait
    This portrait of First Lady Barbara Bush was done by Charles Fagan. Her husband, George H. W. Bush, was president from January 20, 1989 until January 20, 1993. As First Lady, Mrs. Bush's chief initiative was universal literacy and went on to found the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She also wrote a children's book about her pet, Millie, an English Springer Spaniel.
  • The Reagans Greet the Bushes and the Quayles at the White House
    Unknown
    inauguration
    In this photograph taken in 1989, outgoing President Ronald Reagan and his wife, First Lady Nancy Reagan pose with President-elect George H. W. Bush and his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush along with Vice President-elect Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn Quayle at the North Portico of the White House.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Dance at their Inaugural Ball
    Unknown
    inauguration
    In this photograph taken on January 20, 1989, President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush dance one of their eleven inaugural balls.
  • President and Mrs. Bush with Boris and Naina Yeltsin
    Unknown
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    Head of State
    This is a photograph of President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush with Russian president Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin and his wife Naina Yeltsin. The couples are seen descending the Grand Staircase of the White House to their ceremonial entrance into the State Dinner held in honor of the Russian president on June 16, 1992.
  • Barbara Bush Hands Out Treats
    Unknown
    Halloween
    holidays
    In this photograph, First Lady Barbara Bush holds her granddaughter Marshall, who is dressed like a turtle, as they hand out treats to guests on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds during Halloween festivities.
  • Barbara Bush with Halloween Performers
    Unknown
    Halloween
    holidays
    This photograph is of First Lady Barbara Bush grinning as she poses with costumed performers, a group of clowns, and a lone werewolf on the South Grounds of the White House as part of a Halloween celebration.
  • Costumed Guests on the South Lawn
    Unknown
    Halloween
    holidays
    In this photograph, First Lady Barbara Bush hands out treats to costumed guests during Halloween festivities on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. President George H. W. Bush can be seen in the background.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms
    Unknown
    Cherry Blossom Festival
    flowers
    This photograph is of President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush enjoying the cherry blossoms planted along the Tidal Basin on April 8, 1992. Since 1912, the blooming cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of springtime in Washington D.C. First Lady Helen Taft was responsible for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin and grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Many first ladies have continued to take an active role in the cherry blossom celebrations and in recent years have served as honorary chairs of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Queen Elizabeth II and President Bush Plant Little-Leaf Linden
    Unknown
    ceremony
    South Grounds
    tree planting
    This photograph captures Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as she and President George H. W. Bush plant a little-leaf linden tree on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds in May 1991. Queen Elizabeth visited the White House as part of an official State Visit. She planted the tree to replace the one her father, King George VI, planted in 1937 that was lost due to a storm in September 1990. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth's husband, and First Lady Barbara Bush observe the ceremony from afar.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Host a Dessert and Movie Party
    Unknown
    First Family
    Family Theater
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush hosting a screening in the White House Family Theater. Mrs. Bush is sharing a seat with her grandson, John Ellis “Jebby” Bush, Jr.
  • Barbara Bush Seated on Lawn with Millie and Puppies
    David Valdez
    South Lawn
    pets
    This photograph by David Valdez shows Barbara Bush on the South Lawn with dog Millie and Millie's puppies.
  • Barbara Bush Smiling at Grandson, Charles Walker
    Carol T. Powers
    First Family
    This photograph by Carol T. Powers shows First Lady Barbara Bush with her grandson Charles Walker.
  • Former First Ladies Sit with Barbara Bush at the Dedication of the Reagan Presidential Library
    Unknown
    presidential library
    This photograph is of First Lady Barbara Bush and former first ladies at the dedication of the Reagan Presidential Library. Left to right: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford.
  • Barbara Bush Tops the National Christmas Tree
    Unknown
    First Family
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph show First Lady Barbara Bush in a cherry picker placing a star at the top of the National Christmas Tree. She is joined by her granddaughter Marshall Walker.
  • George and Barbara Bush Stand in Front of the Blue Room Christmas Tree
    David Valdez
    Blue Room
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph by David Valdez shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush standing in front of the Blue Room Christmas tree.
  • Mrs. Bush and Ranger Keep Watch
    Carol T. Powers
    pets
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    This photograph by Carol T. Powers shows First Lady Barbara Bush and dog Ranger looking out the door of the Diplomatic Reception Room towards the South Lawn and a helicopter, likely Marine One. Millie is also present in the photo.
  • Barbara Bush & King Hussein of Jordan with Millie and Her Puppies
    Unknown
    Head of State
    pets
    This photograph shows First Lady Barbara Bush and King Hussein of Jordan admiring Millie's new puppies.
  • President and Mrs. Bush and Laurie Firestone Reviewing Details for Korean State Dinner
    Unknown
    State Dining Room
    State Dinner
    staff
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush discussing details with White House Social Secretary Laurie Firestone for the State Dinner hosted for Korean President Roh Tae-woo on July 2, 1991.
  • Barbara Bush with Social Secretary Laurie Firestone
    Unknown
    staff
    East Wing
    This photograph is of First Lady Barbara Bush reviewing plans with Social Secretary Laurie Firestone in Firestone's East Wing office.
  • Mrs. Bush Escorts Mrs. Roh Tae Woo to the Green Room
    Unknown
    State Visit
    This photograph shows First Lady Barbara Bush escorting First Lady Kim Ok-suk, wife of the South Korean president, to the Green Room following the State Arrival ceremony and receiving line. They are accompanied by Social Secretary Laurie Firestone.
  • George and Barbara Bush Dance to the Music of the U.S. Marine Band
    Unknown
    State Dinner
    Grand Foyer
    This photograph shows President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush dancing in the Grand Foyer to music played by the U.S. Marine Band after the State Dinner hosted in honor of President Abdou Diouf of Senegal on September 10, 1991.
  • Barbara Bush Reads to Young Audience
    Carol T. Powers
    Library
    children
    This photograph by Carol T. Powers shows First Lady Barbara Bush reading to a group of children in the Library.
  • George Bush and Boris Yeltsin on the Red Carpet for an Arrival Ceremony
    Unknown
    State Visit
    Arrival Ceremony
    In this photograph taken on June 16, 1992, President George H. W. Bush escorts President Boris Yeltsin back to the White House following the arrival ceremony in honor of the Russian president. Behind them are First Lady Barbara Bush and First Lady Naina Yeltsin.
  • Bushes Pose with Czech President Havel in the Green Room
    Paul Morse
    State Dinner
    Green Room
    Head of State
    This photograph by Paul Morse shows the Bush family posing with Czech President Vaclav Havel and his wife First Lady Dagmar Havlova during a State Dinner held in Havel's honor. Left to right: Former President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, President Vaclav Havel, First Lady Dagmar Havlova, President George W. Bush, and Former First Lady Barbara Bush.