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US leaders, celebrities share condolences after death of Barbara Bush

Here are some of the tributes to the life of Barbara Bush.
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Former first lady Mrs. Barbara Bush waves to the crowd at a campaign event for her son, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, February 19, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina.

As news of the death of Barbara Bush spread Tuesday evening, American leaders shared their condolences and tributes to the former first lady.

President Donald Trump: "Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush"

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama: "Barbara Bush was the rock of a family dedicated to public service, and our thoughts and prayers are with both Presidents Bush and the entire Bush family tonight."

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty."

President George W. and Laura Bush: "My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes."

President Carter and Rosalynn Carter: "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Barbara Bush. She touched the hearts of millions with her warmth, generosity, and keen wit. The matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation’s progress. Through her own work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She will be missed."

Joel Osteen: "Victoria and I, along with our Lakewood family, honor the life and memory of our beloved former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was admired by all of us for her strength, grace, and unwavering faith. We extend our heartfelt condolences to President Bush and the entire Bush family."

Former Vice President Al Gore: "Former First Lady Barbara Bush was a pillar of strength for her family and was much admired in our country. Both the wife and the mother of a U.S. President, she will be remembered for her service, pragmatism, and strong, kind spirit."

Gabrielle Giffords: "Throughout her life, Barbara Bush made her presence felt. Her warmth and compassion won’t soon be forgotten and we will honor her and all she did for the country. Our hearts are with the Bush family as they say goodbye."

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion who embodied America’s best values."

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: "Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans. She so loved her family and our country. She led both with clarity and character."

Houston Texas star JJ Watt: "Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush.

You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship."

Senator Dianne Feinstein: "Barbara Bush served her country and led her family with dignity and grace. She made children's literacy a lifelong cause and improved so many lives. I'll miss her wit and candor, and I send my thoughts to the entire Bush family."

Ohio Governor John Kasich: Ohioans join with all Americans to mourn the death of Barbara Bush, a woman of grace, humility, great compassion and resolve.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: "Barbara Bush dedicated her life to helping others."

Actor Patrick Dempsey: "It was a pleasure to have met. Thoughts and prayers to the Bush Family. Much beloved. She will be greatly missed."

Barbra Streisand: "Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to The Bush family."

Larry King: "Our dear Barbara Bush. A grand lady, a great friend...she made the White House a brighter place. How we will miss you! Rest In Peace"

David Muir: "Remembering her grace, wit & fighting spirit. Fmr First Lady Barbara Bush has died. Survived by husband of 73 yrs, President George HW Bush."

Savannah Guthrie: "All my love and prayers and tears are with the Bush family... I know the gratitude they feel for a life so well lived and the hope they feel because of the faith they hold so firmly. I am lucky to know a piece of Mrs. Bush’s wonderful legacy in my sweet friend @JennaBushHager"

Arnold Schwarzenegger: "My thoughts are with President Bush and the entire Bush family, along with every person on this planet who was lucky enough to call Barbara a friend. As heartbroken as I feel right now, I can hear her voice at Camp David telling us to not worry about her, to go on."

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