HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The former first lady may be political royalty, but she had the common touch. That's why native Houstonian Clarissa Lockett and her sign are here on South Post Oak lane.
"I saw the news yesterday and I started crying and I saw it again this morning on Fox and I said 'I'm going to go out there. I know where they live. I'm going out there.' I'm just sad," she said staring at the gate to the Bush's neighborhood.
There are a lot of sad people out there right now. Barbara Bush has been on the American political scene for decades now. We are living in an age of deep political divisions in this country. Still, some things and some people seem to be able to transcend the partisan rancor and bickering. Barbara Bush is one of those people. You know it's true if it comes from a member of the opposing political party.
"She's been a role model for so many on so many different levels for years. And anytime you can have someone who can garner support from democrats, republicans, young, old and everyone in between, that's her," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
But nothing lasts forever and nobody lives forever. Our brains know that even if our hearts don't want to believe it. Just ask Clariss Lockett.
"Sad. Very sad. I've been dreading this day for at least a couple of years," she said, her voice catching with emotion.