In a quiet tribute to his wife of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush, wore something special to her funeral.
Bush’s spokesperson, Jim McGrath announced by tweet that in honor of her ‘commitment to family literacy, for which she raised over $110 million over the course of over 30 years, he will be wearing a pair of socks festooned with books.’
The former president is well known for his fun footwear, always matching his socks to the occasion, and the Saturday was no exception.
President George HW Bush, and President George W. Bush enter the funeral, The ‘book socks’ peek out under the former’s pant leg
Jim McGrath, the spokesperson for Bush 41 announces the sock selection for the funeral.
First Lady Barbara Bush seen here reading to children in Washington, was committed to literacy
Mrs. Bush chose adult literacy as her cause when she was in the White House. Starting the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy just weeks after her husband took office.
Her foundation has raised more than $110 million to create or support literacy programs for men, women and children in all 50 states. Its programs include classes to help teenage mothers who left high school earn GED diplomas in Georgia, and teaching non-English speakers in Alabama the language.
According to a 2003 study from the National Center for education statistics, one in four American adults can’t read above a fifth-grade level. And nearly 15 percent of Americans lacked basic reading and comprehension skills. It took more than a decade to compile, though, and hasn’t been repeated.
Bush, seen here with Barbra Streisand, is well known for his special sock choices
Barbara Bush’s foundation offered grants to fund new literacy programs and grants to shore up existing programs.
Since 2012 the foundation has focused on using technology to reach adults and children, many of whom weren’t always able to attend traditional, classroom-style programs.
The foundation says it has helped ‘easily hundreds of thousands’ of people across the country over the years, but doesn’t have a full count of everyone enrolled in programs it supported.
And at the funeral, the former president honored that commitment, that lifelong work with a simple message on his socks.