President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara have multiple legacies, but their granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa reveals in her new book, George and Barbara: A Great American Love Story, that their best legacy of all is their immutable love for one another.
And Sosa isn’t the only one in the family who thinks so.
Sosa’s uncle, former President George W. Bush, wrote the book’s foreword in which he reflects on the power of his parents’ love — and how it impacted his mother’s last hours.
“On April 17, 2018, Barbara Pierce Bush spent her final hours the way she wanted: holding hands with the love of her life,” the former president, 71, writes. “Before Mom left this Earth, she said her soul was settled. She believed in God and Heaven above. And she knew that one day her soulmate, George H.W. Bush, would join her there for eternity.”
George and Barbara, out Friday, follows the couple’s relationship that spanned more than seven decades. From their secret engagement as teenagers and the death of their young daughter, Robin, to George’s political career and lost bid for reelection, the book reveals how their connection remained strong no matter the situation.
“The longest-married Presidential couple in history has been an inspiration and example to Laura and me, to my siblings, and — I like to think — to many of our fellow citizens,” George W. Bush writes.
Sosa — whose mom is George H.W. and Barbara’s youngest child, Dorothy Bush Koch — has also been inspired by her grandparents’ love story.
“A year ago I interviewed [my grandmother] for the first time and my first question to her was, ‘What’s the secret sauce? What’s the secret to your marriage? How have you made it through 77 years with Gampy, my grandfather, and [you’re] still in love today?,” Sosa said during an interview with FOX & Friends on Friday. “She says, ‘Well I was in love and I am in love, so that’s not hard. What a silly question.’ So she was in love, they were in love — that’s the secret. That’s it, you just have to love each other.”
Since Barbara’s death at the age of 92, George H.W. Bush, 93, has been in and out of the hospital. But that hasn’t stopped him from supporting his family.
“Enjoying a great book and a wonderful walk down memory lane this morning,” George H.W. Bush tweeted on Friday. “Yet another reminder of just how lucky I have been in life. Very proud of the author and co-author too.”
Enjoying a great book and a wonderful walk down memory lane this morning. Yet another reminder of just how lucky I have been in life. Very proud of the author and co-author too. More at: https://t.co/W0XmyMi5Ie pic.twitter.com/53GhdnptNk
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 1, 2018
Despite Barbara’s death and George’s ill health, the couple’s love story isn’t over.
“I was in Maine this weekend. I was with [my grandfather] in the hospital and he’s getting better everyday,” Sosa said. “I think he’s at peace. We all know my grandmother is in heaven and he knows he’ll be there with her one day.”
Jennifer Lopez flaunts her abs ahead of 50th birthday: ‘Queen of aging backwards’
Jennifer Lopez is gearing up to celebrate her 50th birthday in a matter of days. But fans are predicting that she might actually be aging backward after she posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday with her abs on full display.
The singer, who’s currently on her It’s My Party tour, took to her social media to give a shout-out to the fast-approaching Leo season while posing in a workout set.
“How is it fair to be this good looking,” one person commented, while another said, “Yes mama shine like no other.”
Fellow singer Kacey Musgraves also took to Lopez’s comments to deem her the “Queen of aging backward.”
Lopez, whose birthday is on July 24, won’t be taking to the stage on her birthday. It’s likely she’ll be celebrating the milestone year in Florida, where she’ll perform in Orlando on July 23, and then in Miami on July 25. Her fourth concert tour, which she recently started documenting on her YouTube channel, ends on August 11.
TV ONE’S ORIGINAL MOVIE “SINS OF THE FATHER” PREMIERES TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET/7C
New Thriller Kicks Off Month-Long Slate of LOVE, LIES & MURDER Movies and Features Deitrick Haddon, A.J. Johnson, Clifton Powell, Terayle Hill, Angela Davis, and Danny Pardo
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(ATLANTA) – July 7, 2019 – TV One’s original film SINS OF THE FATHER premieres Sunday, July 7 at 8 P.M./7C, immediately followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M./9C. The film stars Deitrick Haddon (The Gospel), A.J. Johnson (Baby Boy), Clifton Powell (Ray), Terayle Hill (Merry Wishmas), Angela Davis (I Feel Pretty) and Danny Pardo (SEAL Team). SINS OF THE FATHER is the first movie to kick off TV One’s month of LOVE, LIES & MURDER films which features a series of stories that explore the dark side of love including deceit, betrayal, obsession, and jealousy.
Inspired by TV One’s true crime programming, SINS OF THE FATHER follows Detectives Phylicia Richardson (Johnson) and Perez (Pardo) as they investigate the vicious murder of first lady Karen Burnett (Davis), the beloved wife of Pastor Clarence Burnett (Haddon). The crime sends shock waves through the couple’s close knit Atlanta community and the police are forced to take a deeper look into the Burnett’s inner circle, including Pastor Burnett’s son Robert Banks (Hill). As the interrogation unfolds, family secrets of abuse, infidelity, lust and cruelty are revealed within the Burnett household. The detectives soon discover that the ungodly actions of one person can have a deadly impact on many.
“In a culture where #ChurchHurt has been the trending topic, this film will give the viewer insight on how wolves in sheep’s clothing operate,” said gospel artist and film star Haddon. “Buckle your seatbelt because it’s about to get real!”
SINS OF THE FATHER is written by Katrina O’Gilvie and directed by Jamal Hill, with Leah Daniels-Butler and George Pierre as Casting Directors. The film was produced by Swirl Films, with Eric Tomosunas serving as Executive Producer. Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson and Darien Baldwin serve as producers. For TV One, Karen Peterkin is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
LAPD opens internal affairs inquiry in Nipsey Hussle murder
Los Angeles police have opened an internal affairs investigation into why the woman who drove the getaway car in the aftermath of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s killing was sent home when she tried to turn herself in during the manhunt for the shooter.
The LAPD’s Office of the Inspector General confirmed Monday that the Internal Affairs Group is investigating a desk officer’s response at the 77th Street station. Capt. Gisselle Espinoza, an LAPD spokeswoman, said the matter is under administrative investigation and she couldn’t release more details.
Grand jury testimony shows the woman who drove the suspect, Eric R. Holder, away from the March 31 shooting had gone to the station because her car and license plate were on the news.
“Oh my God,” the woman, whose name has not been released, testified that she told her mother. “My car is on here and everything, and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know this boy was gonna do this.”
Her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until 6 a.m. the next day, grand jury transcripts show.
When they arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer said “don’t worry about it” and “don’t listen to the news,” the transcript shows. The woman left the station, returning later to speak to detectives after her mother called police again.
LAPD Detective Cedric Washington testified that the woman had been turned away.
“That is true according to the desk officer that I spoke to about it,” Washington said.
“OK. He apparently missed a briefing in the chief’s press conference that day, I guess,” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said.
Josh Rubenstein, an LAPD spokesman, said Monday in an email that the internal investigation began a few days ago.
“While the initial indications pointed to a miscommunication, we have initiated an administrative investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed,” Rubenstein wrote. “We will review all statements that have already been given, interview all of the individuals involved, and look for any potential body cam video that may have captured the interchange.”
Rubenstein told the Los Angeles Times last week there didn’t appear to be any misconduct.
“She was not making herself clear of what she was doing,” Rubenstein said, noting that the officer believed the woman was reporting that someone was just recording video of her car on television.
A grand jury on May 9 returned an indictment charging Holder, 29, with murder, attempted murder and other felonies. He has pleaded not guilty.
The woman testified that Holder was a friend she had known for about a month and that she believed the two were just stopping at a shopping center for food.
She saw Hussle standing outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, The Marathon, expressed her excitement and took a picture with him after overhearing Holder and Hussle’s conversation about “snitching.”
The woman and Holder had pulled out of the shopping center and into a nearby gas station when Holder loaded a gun, told her he would be back and walked back to the shopping center, the woman testified.
She said she heard two gunshots, and Holder returned moments later telling her to drive. She said she didn’t learn Hussle had been shot until later that night.
Witnesses heard Holder and Hussle, both of whom have ties to the Rollin’ 60s street gang, discussing “snitching” minutes before Hussle was shot, according to the transcripts.
Holder was arrested two days later about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the crime scene.
Hussle, 33, whose real name is Ermias Ashgedom, was a long-respected rapper who had just broken through with a Grammy-nominated album before he was shot and killed.
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