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Nevada politician Sig Rogich discusses legacy of former first lady Barbara Bush

Posted at 11:43 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 02:47:25-04

The nation mourns former First Lady Barbara Bush who passed away at her home in Houston Tuesday. One Nevada politician who knew her well is Sig Rogich. He shared his thoughts on her legacy. 

The former top aide to President George H.W. Bush traveled the world with Barbara Bush after her husband became the nation's 41st president. 

"She was a special woman," Rogich said. "So this is a sad day for me to see that we lost her."

Rogich said he had lunch with the couple in Texas about three weeks ago. 

 "Whenever I go to Texas I try to find a reason to touch base with them. And I'm glad I did."

As first lady she promoted reading by chairing the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Rogich said she was always advocating for the cause by reminding him and other staffers how important it is for children to see their parents reading. Rogich said she was at her core a kind woman and tough, but gentle.

"She was the rock in that family. I think she probably did as much for her husband becoming president as anyone," he said. 

While many will remember her as the wife to one president and the mother of a second president, Rogich said she has her own distinction.

 "I think she is one of the more beloved first ladies in our history."