Jenna Bush Hager described her grandmother, Barbara Bush, as “a fighter” who is "in great spirits,” following an announcement from the family this weekend that the 92-year-old former first lady is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment.
Bush Hager, the daughter of former president George W. Bush and an NBC News correspondent, told her colleagues on NBC's "Today" show Monday that she and her sister, Barbara, spoke with their grandmother Sunday evening.
“Barbara and I talked to her last night. She’s in great spirits, and she’s a fighter,” a tearful Bush Hager said. “She’s an enforcer. She reminded me not to believe everything you read, so we’re grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”
Barbara Bush and her husband, 93-year-old former president George H.W. Bush, have been married for 73 years. Along with Abigail Adams, she is the only first lady in American history to have been a mother to the commander in chief.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
Though McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems, she has been treated for decades for a thyroid condition known as Grave’s disease, according to the Associated Press.
“We are grateful for her,” Bush Hager said. “She is the best grandma anybody could have ever had — or have.”