Hella Rothwell's memory of Barbara Bush, a warm and caring First Lady.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Barbara Bush and Hella Rothwell at the White House Many moons ago when George H.W. Bush Sr. was president, I had the honor of visiting the White House with a very special small group. It was during a tour of the United States that was given to close family members of British soldiers who perished during the first Gulf War. This small sad group was given the opportunity to visit not only the White House, but also the United Nations in New York plus, what else, Disneyland in Los Angeles. They also went to Honolulu where they were greeted at the Palace by George Ariyoshi, then governor of the State of Hawaii. The tour was sponsored by AmericanTours International and I was hired to assist with press relations during the trip.

Barbara Bush and her husband, the president, could not have been more kind to each and every member of the group and thanked them for their loved one's sacrifice in this conflict. Remember, only a few countries stood with the United States and it was a very controversial war. History tells it's own story, so I won't go into it here any further.

My own memory of meeting Barbara and the president is that we talked about Kauai, an island that the president loves. We talked about the beauty of the island, the natural water slides and Coco Palms, the first hotel to have a torch lighting ceremony dreamt up by owner Grace Guslander. And, of course, that Elvis Presley filmed "Blue Hawaii" there. You see, I used to live in the islands and frequently went to Kauai in the 1970s as the public relations and advertising director for Island Holidays, a hotel chain throughout the islands that included Coco Palms which was wiped out during hurricane Iniki in the early 1990s and which is in the process of being rebuilt now more than 25 years later.

As an aside, I lived in Hawaii for a combined 26 years of my life and still have a real estate broker's license in Hawaii although I spend most of my time in California where I also have broker's licence and have my main office in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Barbara graciously posed for this photo with me, one that I treasure immensely. My heartfeld condolences to her family and especially to former President Bush, Barbara's husband of 73 years.

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hella

What a wonderful memory, especially the photo, and some very special moments to always treasure. Thank you for sharing this at this sad time, but one filled with many positive memories of a wonderful person!


Apr 18, 2018 09:53 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Hella- I am a huge admirer of Mrs. Bush. When President Bush and Mrs. Bush returned to Houston, they were sometimes spotted in a local favorite specialty market. 

Apr 18, 2018 11:06 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hella, gosh this is beautifully written. And she looks like a dear friend in that photo! 

Apr 18, 2018 11:56 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had goose bumps reading your story.  This morning I was in Beverly Hills for our monthly visit, and everyone had such nice things to say about Barbara Bush.  Thank you for sharing this with us.  A

Apr 18, 2018 12:53 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - What a lovely post about a very special woman and period of history in your life too! I always thought Barbara was a great communicator and the backbone of the family who had pride and manners, who could put anyone at ease. In other words, she was very genuine and great with people.

Your experience with her is very impressive. You are also an excellent communicator. That photograph is very special. What an honor for you too!  Thank you for sharing this piece of history. 

Apr 18, 2018 04:54 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a wonderful picture, Hella!  I have a close friend, who also had the good fortune to meet Barbara.  She said, she was the real deal!

Apr 19, 2018 06:48 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Hella, you know, I was just mentioning to my husband yesterday about what a nice woman Barbara Bush was. Some of her opinions were opposite of her husband, and she was in favor of pro-choice and gun control, very progressive. I am sorry she is gone.

But then my husband mentioned her comments after Katrina about the Houston Astrodome and the evacuees, which I had forgotten. Even so, she was remarkable.

Apr 19, 2018 09:12 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a wonderful memory. I know she was real and that meeting made a favorable impression. She is one of the matriarchs of America and nobody will ever replace the grace and genuine kindness she showed for people.

Apr 24, 2018 07:33 PM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® what a wonderful story and I'm so glad I didn't miss it.... Barbara Bush was a very special First Lady and I'm so happy to know that you met the President and the First Lady.... and they must have loved meeting you, too.... I can picture that happening to you.... you're a class act.

Apr 25, 2018 02:44 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Hella... what a wonderful story and what a lovely memory for you. Both Mrs. Bush and her husband were class acts and I've always admired them both.

Apr 29, 2018 09:38 AM #10
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