Flags at half staff as the U.S. mourns the passing of Barbara Bush
18 April 2018 | 11:55 am
The White House lowered its flag to half-staff on Tuesday, to mourn the former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, who died on Tuesday (April 17), the Bush family said. She was 92
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