Fox News reports that Monday marked the 69th anniversary for the couple, the longest marriage for a Presidential couple in history:
he longest-running presidential love story just celebrated another anniversary.
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush marked their 69th wedding anniversary Monday, extending the couple’s record for the longest presidential marriage in the nation’s history.
They set the record in 2000 when they surpassed John and Abigail Adams’ 54-year union.
“They don’t think of it in terms of ‘we’re the longest,’” Jim McGrath, President George H.W. Bush’s spokesman, told FoxNews.com on Monday. “They’re just so clearly still in love and devoted to one another. They’re two people, but they’re really one person.”
The romance began when the two met during a Christmas dance at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., back when the future president was 16 years old. The two were engaged a year and a half later, right before President Bush shipped out overseas to fight in World War II as a naval pilot.
A few years later, in Sept. 1944, Bush was shot down and nearly killed during a mission over the Pacific, which resulted in his being sent back home in time for Christmas. Soon after, Bush and the then Barbara Pierce were married in Rye, N.Y. on Jan. 6, 1945. They would have six children, including future President George W. Bush.
Years later, Barbara Bush would tell her children that she married the first man she ever kissed.
I so love their story. Here’s to many more years together of love, contentment, enjoyment of life. God bless ‘em.