From her time at Ashley Hall in Charleston to her time on the stump in the Upstate, over the years Barbara Bush always said was glad to be back in South Carolina..
Two Bush family confidantes in the Upstate say it was Barbara Bush’s down to earth people skills and grandmotherly values that endeared her family to the voters.
David wilkins, who was appointed to be U.S. Ambassador to Canada by George W. Bush says Barbara Bush was fiercely loyal and had a natural intuition to read people well.
Chip Felkel has worked on every Bush campaign in South Carolina since George H.W. Bush’s run for president in 1987 and 1988.
He tells a story of being with Mrs. Bush at Woodruff High School waiting in the hallway before a speech to the Chamber of Commerce when a local sheriff decided to announce his re- election campaign just before the former First Lady was to take the stage.
“I’m standing there going ‘oh, man i’m going to get reamed for this.’ She says ‘it’s no big deal let him have a few minutes.’ She was just laid back.”
Wilkins says, “They treated people with South Carolina values: with respect. They didn’t think they were entitled to anything.”
Ambassador Wilkins calls Barbara Bush a “gracious” host and says she and the President treated the White House staff just as they treated the King of Spain.