7 Quotes George H.W. Bush Said About Wife Barbara

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara Bush, had a marriage that spanned the course of nearly 80 years, making them the presidential couple with the longest-running marriage.

Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. Her death came after it was confirmed her health was failing April 15. At the time, she opted to not seek further medical treatment.

Her death signifies the end of her long-lasting relationship with the 41st president. Here's a look back at seven quotes H.W. Bush has said about his wife:

Love At First Sight

"Since I didn't waltz, we sat the dance out. And several more after that, talking and getting to know each other," H.W. Bush said in his autobiography. "It was a storybook meeting."

A Collection of Letters From 1999

"You have given me joy that few men know," he wrote, according to the Associated Press. "I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband."

He Never Fails to Call Her 'Beautiful'

"Goodnight, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful, you about kill me," he wrote in 1943, according to letters obtained by The Independent Journal Review (IJR). "But you will have to accept it."

His Appreciation for Her

"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, according to WABC-TV. "Goodnite, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful, you about kill me, but you'll have to accept it."

Wishing Her A Happy Birthday

"Happiest of birthdays to Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY," he wrote on Twitter in June 2017. "I'm still the luckiest guy in the world."

On Getting Engaged to His Wife

"Words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can't possibly say all in a letter I should like to," he wrote, according to IJR.

Discussing Her Work

"28 yrs ago today I proudly watched Barbara create @BarbaraBushFdn," he tweeted in March 2017. "So many lives changed through #literacy since then and many more to come."

The Bushes
George H.W. Bush's nearly 80 years of marriage to Barbara Bush makes them the presidential couple with the longest marriage. Here, H.W. Bush (L) and Bush are pictured attending the HBO Documentary special screening of '41' on June 12, 2012 in Kennebunkport, Maine. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO