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  Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush   popular trivia quiz  
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How much do you know about the woman her husband affectionately called "Bar"? This is #4 in a series on American First Ladies.
Average, 10 Qns, brewster76, May 19 17
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Barbara Bush was born on June 8, 1925. She is one of only two women in American history to be both First Lady and First Mom!
Difficult, 10 Qns, bullymom, Jun 18 09
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Barbara Bush Trivia Questions

1. Barbara Pierce, born in 1925, had a famous ancestor who was also an American president. Name him.

From Quiz
Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was an uncle, many times removed, of Barbara Pierce Bush. She was born into an affluent family in the New York suburbs. Her father was a president of the McCall Corporation, the publisher of such magazines as McCalls and Redbook. Her mother, Pauline Pierce, died in a car accident when Mrs. Bush was only 23.

2. In what city was Barbara born?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: New York City

Barbara Pierce was born on June 8, 1925, to Marvin and Pauline Pierce. She was one of four children.

3. Which pursuit was a lifelong passion of young Barbara Pierce's that she passed on to her own children?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Athletics

Mrs. Bush was raised in a family of accomplished athletes in Rye, New York. She excelled at several sports including tennis and swimming throughout her life. Her mother-in-law Dorothy Walker Bush was also a fine athlete.

4. How old was Barbara Pierce when she met George Bush, her future husband?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: 16

She met the Philips Academy senior at a Christmas dance in Greenwich, Connecticut. She went home and told her mother that she had met the 'nicest, cutest boy'. (From her memoirs)

5. Barbara Pierce and George Herbert Walker Bush had to postpone their wedding until he had completed what?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Military service in WWII

Barbara Pierce and George H.W. Bush met at a dance when she was only 16. They were wed in 1945 when she was 19 and Mr Bush was 21. While a Navy pilot during WWII, Mr. Bush named his planes for his sweetheart at home: Barbara, Barbara II, and Barbara III.

6. What college did Barbara attend?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Smith

Barbara enrolled at Smith College, in , from which her sister Martha had graduated. She attended for one and a half years, dropping out to marry the future President.

7. What was the name of Mrs. Bush's springer spaniel who is the credited author of a best-selling book about her time in the White House?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Millie

"Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush" (1990) was a memoir about the first dog's life in the White House. An episode of the famous 1990s sitcom "Murphy Brown" was about Millie.

8. What was the date of the wedding of Barbara and George Bush?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: January 6

They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York, on January 6, 1945. The wedding date kept getting postponed because George was in the Navy.

9. In college, Barbara was captain of her freshman _____ team.

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Soccer

10. Barbara Bush achieved a first in presidential campaigning by doing what?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: First candidate's wife to address a national convention

Mrs. Bush spoke at the 1988 Republican convention, the first wife of a nominee to do so. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first First Lady to seek political office, running for the US Senate from New York in 2000. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy made several television appearances in support of her son, John. And while the movie "W" suggested that Barbara Bush was surprised by George W's decision to seek the presidency, there is no credible evidence she actually torpedoes his ambitions.

11. What nickname did Mrs. Bush give to herself?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: 'Everybody's Grandmother'

She is also known as 'the Silver Fox' for her white hair and sharp wit.

12. Once her husband was elected president which White House tradition did they renew that had not been done since the Taft administration?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Opening the White House to a public open house after the Inauguration

The Clintons continued the tradition of a post-swearing in open house for the public when they succeeded the Bushes in 1993. Lucy Hayes ran a dry White House during her husband Rutherford Hayes' tenure as president leading to her moniker "Lemonade Lucy."

13. What famous friend did Mrs. Bush eulogize in Time magazine?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Raisa Gorbachev

Raisa Gorbachev, wife of Soviet Premier Mikail Gorbachev, became a close friend of Barbara Bush during her White House years. In September 1999, she died of leukemia in Germany.

14. Many First Ladies take on "pet projects" that focus the nation's attention on an area of interest or import to them. What was Mrs. Bush's cause?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Eliminating illiteracy in the U.S.

Nancy Reagan pioneered the "Just Say No" campaign. Park and highway beautification was the work of Lady Bird Johnson. Betty Ford focused the nation's attention on breast cancer when she made public her own mastectomy while serving as First Lady.

15. Mrs. Bush makes her home in ________ and her summer home in ______.

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Houston, Texas- Kennebunkport, Maine

The entire Bush clan enjoys gathering at the house in the lovely seaside city of Kennebunkport, Maine.

16. Barbara Bush accomplished another first for a First Lady when she did what?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: Threw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game (Texas Rangers) in 1989

George W. Bush, Barbara's son, was a minority owner (less than 1%) of the Rangers at the time. While it is a tradition for presidents and former presidents to throw the first pitch at baseball games, no First Lady had done so prior to Mrs. Bush.

17. In Mrs. Bush's official portrait, she is sitting in a chair with a smaller picture of who on a table beside her?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Millie

Millie Bush, an English springer spaniel, was one of the most popular First Dogs and the only one so far to be a bestselling author! Her memoir, 'Millie's Book', was a bestseller in 1990.

18. Up to and including Mrs. Bush, how many women have been both the wife and mother of a U.S. president?

From Quiz Hail to the Chief's Wife [4]: Barbara Bush

Answer: 2

Mrs. Bush shares this distinction with Abigail Adams. Anna Symmes Harrison was the wife and grandmother of Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, respectively.

19. Barbara's great-great-great uncle was a President of the United States. What was his name?

From Quiz Barbara Bush

Answer: Franklin Pierce & Pierce

Franklin Pierce was the fourteenth President of the US, the only one from New Hampshire.

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