George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage

GEORGE BARBARA BUSH
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 1992, file photo, entertainer Bob Hope, back right, applauds as President George H. W. Bush kisses his wife Barbara during a pre-election rally at the Astro Arena in Houston. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds/File) (AP/Ron Edmonds)
FILE - In this June 6, 1964 file photo, George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)
FILE – In this June 6, 1964 file photo, George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File) (AP/Ed Kolenovsky)
374942 02: (FILE PHOTO) An infant George W. Bush with his mother Barbara Bush and his father George Bush posing for a portrait in New Haven, CT, April 1947. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidencial election in November 2000. (Photo by Newsmakers)
(FILE PHOTO) An infant George W. Bush with his mother Barbara Bush and his father George Bush posing for a portrait in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 1947. (Photo by Newsmakers) (Photo by Newsmakers)
374942 07: (FILE PHOTO)  George W. Bush (C) poses with father George Bush and his mother Barbara Bush in Rye, New York, summer 1955. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidential election in November 2000.  (Photo by Newsmakers)
George W. Bush (C) poses with father George Bush and his mother Barbara Bush in Rye, New York, in summer 1955. (Photo by Newsmakers) (Getty Images/Getty Images)
U.S. Vice President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush pose in front of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love was built by a Mughal Emperor Sahajahan in memory of his beloved queen who bore 14 children, Saturday, May 13, 1984, Agra, India. (AP Photo/Sondeep Shankar)
U.S. Vice President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush pose in front of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love was built by a Mughal Emperor Sahajahan in memory of his beloved queen who bore 14 children, Saturday, May 13, 1984, Agra, India. (AP Photo/Sondeep Shankar) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Sondeep Shankar)
374836 01: George Bush and his wife Barbara sit in their bed as six of their fourteen grandchildren play around them in Washington, D.C. Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. He attended both Phillips Academy in Andover and Yale University. (Photo by Liaison)
George Bush and his wife Barbara sit in their bed as six of their many grandchildren play around them in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Liaison) (Getty Images/Getty Images)
Vice President George Bush and wife, Barbara, wave to supporters that turned out in Houston, Texas, to hear him announce he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Oct. 12, 1987.  (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Vice President George Bush and wife, Barbara, wave to supporters that turned out in Houston, Texas, to hear him announce he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Oct. 12, 1987. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (AP/Ed Kolenovsky)
Republican vice-Presidential candidate and wife, Barbara are all smiles after casting their vote in the general election at their Houston precinct, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1980. Bush was happy over the heavy turnout of voters at his precinct. (AP Photo)
Republican vice-Presidential candidate and wife, Barbara are all smiles after casting their vote in the general election at their Houston precinct, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1980. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)
President-elect George H. W. Bush, left, and his wife, Barbara, right, smile at well-wishers during their second inaugural ball of the evening at the Pension Building, Jan. 18, 1989, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighwander)
President-elect George H. W. Bush, left, and his wife, Barbara, right, smile at well-wishers during their second inaugural ball of the evening at the Pension Building, Jan. 18, 1989, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighwander) (AP/Marcy Nighwander)
George H. Bush
FILE – In this Aug. 7, 1991, file photo, Barbara Bush watches as President George Bush reels in a fish aboard their boat Fidelity, just off shore from their Vacation home at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport, Me. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (AP/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1997 file photo, former President George Bush and his wife Barbara unveil a bust of the president during a ceremony to open The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE – In this Sept. 10, 1997 file photo, former President George Bush and his wife Barbara unveil a bust of the president during a ceremony to open The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/DAVID J. PHILLIP)
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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 1997, file photo, former President George Bush hugs his wife, Barbara, after his address during the dedication of the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush’s decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) (AP/Pat Sullivan)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 1989, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts after President George H.W. Bush accidentally stepped on her toe while boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a flight to New Jersey. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 22, 1989, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts after President George H.W. Bush accidentally stepped on her toe while boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a flight to New Jersey. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File) (AP/Charles Tasnadi)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.  First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband.  Former President Reagan is in the background.  (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989. First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband. Former President Reagan is in the background. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (AP/BOB DAUGHERTY)
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, right, and his Barbara Bush, holding the family dog, talk to reporters after a press conference outside their home in Washington, D.C. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 3, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, right, and his Barbara Bush, holding the family dog, talk to reporters after a press conference outside their home in Washington, D.C. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
President  George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara dance at the inaugural ball at the Pension Building in Washington, on Friday, Jan. 20, 1989. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
President George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara dance at the inaugural ball at the Pension Building in Washington, on Friday, Jan. 20, 1989. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite) (AP/Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this March 25, 1997, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush gets a hug from his wife Barbara after he made a successful parachute jump at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground outside of Yuma, Ariz. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Mike Nelson, Pool, File)
FILE – In this March 25, 1997, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush gets a hug from his wife Barbara after he made a successful parachute jump at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground outside of Yuma, Ariz. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Mike Nelson, Pool, File) (AP/Mike Nelson)
12 Dec 1998:  Former United States President George Bush sits by a tree with wife Barbra Bush as they watch the 1998 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melborne, Australia. The International team defeated the U.S.A. team. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wilson  /Allsport
Former U.S. President George Bush sits by a tree with wife Barbra Bush as they watch the 1998 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia. (Credit: Nick Wilson /Allsport) (Getty Images/Nick Wilson)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 21:  Former U.S. President  George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend a portrait unveiling at the George Bush Library April 21, 2003 in College Station, Texas. A painting of the father/son presidents went on display.  (Photo by Joe Mitchell/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend a portrait unveiling at the George Bush Library April 21, 2003 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Joe Mitchell/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Joe Mitchell)
George Bush, Barbara Bush
FILE – In this May 5, 2010 file photo, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, right, kisses his wife, Barbara, after both were shown on the stadium kiss cam video board during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (AP/David J. Phillip)
FILE - In this May 3, 2015, file photo, Barbara Bush applies sunscreen to the nose of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, before the Seattle Mariners take on the Houston Astros in a baseball game in Houston, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/George Bridges, File)
FILE – In this May 3, 2015, file photo, Barbara Bush applies sunscreen to the nose of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, before the Seattle Mariners take on the Houston Astros in a baseball game in Houston, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/George Bridges, File) (AP/George Bridges)
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2004 file photo, former President George Bush, right, gives a thumbs-up while he and his wife, Barbara, left, attend the Tennis Masters Cup tournament in Houston. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush's decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2004 file photo, former President George Bush, right, gives a thumbs-up while he and his wife, Barbara, left, attend the Tennis Masters Cup tournament in Houston. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush’s decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (AP/DAVID J. PHILLIP)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2004, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush listen as the president accepts the party nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush's decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2004, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush listen as the president accepts the party nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush’s decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) (AP/Paul Sancya)
George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barbara Bush
FILE – In this June 12, 2012 file photo, President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush’s relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as “remarkable.” They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) (AP/Charles Krupa)
374784 02: ,George and Barbara Bush point to well-wishers during the first day of the Republican National Convention, July 31, 2000 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)
George and Barbara Bush point to well-wishers during the first day of the Republican National Convention, July 31, 2000 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers) (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)
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GEORGE BARBARA BUSH
FILE - In this June 6, 1964 file photo, George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)
374942 02: (FILE PHOTO) An infant George W. Bush with his mother Barbara Bush and his father George Bush posing for a portrait in New Haven, CT, April 1947. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidencial election in November 2000. (Photo by Newsmakers)
374942 07: (FILE PHOTO)  George W. Bush (C) poses with father George Bush and his mother Barbara Bush in Rye, New York, summer 1955. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidential election in November 2000.  (Photo by Newsmakers)
U.S. Vice President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush pose in front of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love was built by a Mughal Emperor Sahajahan in memory of his beloved queen who bore 14 children, Saturday, May 13, 1984, Agra, India. (AP Photo/Sondeep Shankar)
374836 01: George Bush and his wife Barbara sit in their bed as six of their fourteen grandchildren play around them in Washington, D.C. Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. He attended both Phillips Academy in Andover and Yale University. (Photo by Liaison)
Vice President George Bush and wife, Barbara, wave to supporters that turned out in Houston, Texas, to hear him announce he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Oct. 12, 1987.  (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Republican vice-Presidential candidate and wife, Barbara are all smiles after casting their vote in the general election at their Houston precinct, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1980. Bush was happy over the heavy turnout of voters at his precinct. (AP Photo)
President-elect George H. W. Bush, left, and his wife, Barbara, right, smile at well-wishers during their second inaugural ball of the evening at the Pension Building, Jan. 18, 1989, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighwander)
George H. Bush
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1997 file photo, former President George Bush and his wife Barbara unveil a bust of the president during a ceremony to open The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 1989, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts after President George H.W. Bush accidentally stepped on her toe while boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a flight to New Jersey. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.  First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband.  Former President Reagan is in the background.  (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, right, and his Barbara Bush, holding the family dog, talk to reporters after a press conference outside their home in Washington, D.C. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
President  George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara dance at the inaugural ball at the Pension Building in Washington, on Friday, Jan. 20, 1989. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this March 25, 1997, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush gets a hug from his wife Barbara after he made a successful parachute jump at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground outside of Yuma, Ariz. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/Mike Nelson, Pool, File)
12 Dec 1998:  Former United States President George Bush sits by a tree with wife Barbra Bush as they watch the 1998 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melborne, Australia. The International team defeated the U.S.A. team. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wilson  /Allsport
COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 21:  Former U.S. President  George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend a portrait unveiling at the George Bush Library April 21, 2003 in College Station, Texas. A painting of the father/son presidents went on display.  (Photo by Joe Mitchell/Getty Images)
George Bush, Barbara Bush
FILE - In this May 3, 2015, file photo, Barbara Bush applies sunscreen to the nose of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, before the Seattle Mariners take on the Houston Astros in a baseball game in Houston, Texas. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable." They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, with Barbara Bush declining further medical care for health problems, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history. (AP Photo/George Bridges, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2004 file photo, former President George Bush, right, gives a thumbs-up while he and his wife, Barbara, left, attend the Tennis Masters Cup tournament in Houston. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush's decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2004, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush listen as the president accepts the party nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. With her husband still at her side, Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at their home in Houston. Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush's decision Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barbara Bush
374784 02: ,George and Barbara Bush point to well-wishers during the first day of the Republican National Convention, July 31, 2000 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

HOUSTON (AP) — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18.

Two years later they were married. Now 73 years later, they are the longest-married couple in presidential history.

“George Bush knows how I feel,” Barbara Bush has said. “He is the hero… He is my hero.”

With her former president husband still at her side, former first lady Barbara Bush has decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at their home in Houston.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath disclosed Barbara Bush’s decision Sunday. The 92-year-old had been in the hospital recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She had heart valve replacement surgery in 2009 and a long history of treatment for Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition.

The couple’s relationship is a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager described Monday as “remarkable.”

The former president “still says, ‘I love you Barbie’ every night,” Hager said on NBC’s Today, where she works. They had six children, including Hager’s father, former president George W. Bush, making Barbara Bush one of only two first ladies to also be a presidential mother. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation’s second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

George H.W. Bush, 93, has described the mother of their six children as “the mainstay, of course, the parent who was always there to help solve the daily problems and emergencies of teen and preteen life.”

In her 1994 memoir, Barbara Bush describes her and her husband as “the two luckiest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends. We have been inordinately blessed, and we know that.”

The former president was a naval aviator in training when they met.

“I’m not much at recalling what people wear, but that particular occasion stands out in my memory,” he says in his autobiography.

The band was playing Glenn Miller tunes and he asked a friend from Rye, New York, if he knew the girl across the room in the green and red holiday dress. The friend introduced him to Barbara Pierce, a publisher’s daughter from Rye who was going to school in South Carolina.

The next song was a waltz.

“Since I didn’t waltz, we sat the dance out. And several more after that, talking and getting to know each other,” George H.W. Bush said. “It was a storybook meeting.”

Within eight months, they’d met each other’s families, were engaged in August 1943 and married Jan. 6, 1945, four months after Bush was shot down over the Pacific. He’d been the Navy’s youngest aviator when he got his wings and carried the name “Barbara” on his Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber.

After the war, he attended Yale and they moved to Texas. Her husband made his mark in the oil business as the couple grew their family and turned to politics, a journey that would take them around the world and into the White House.

“You have given me joy that few men know,” George Bush wrote to her, according to a collection of letters published in 1999.

“I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband,” he also said.

Photos taken of the couple by The Associated Press over the decades have captured moments of care, such as when Barbara Bush applied sunscreen to the 41st president’s nose at a 2015 baseball game between the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners; and candor, notably after Bush stepped on his wife’s toe in 1989 while boarding Air Force One.

Their marriage also has endured more serious trials.

A daughter, Robin, died in 1953 of leukemia a few weeks before her 4th birthday.

Barbara Bush has recalled a bout of depression in the mid-1970s.

“Night after night, George held me weeping in his arms while I tried to explain my feelings,” she said. “I almost wonder why he didn’t leave me.”

Just last year, allegations surfaced that Bush, who for more than five years has used a wheelchair for mobility, inappropriately touched more than a half dozen women on their buttocks as they stood next to him to take photos.

Through McGrath, Bush issued repeated apologies “to anyone he has offended.”

“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress,” McGrath said.

Also last year, they both wound up in the same Houston hospital — the former president with pneumonia; his wife with bronchitis.

In 2013, she told C-SPAN in an interview that they pray aloud each night “and sometimes we fight over whose turn it is.”

In the same conversation, she said she didn’t fear death for herself or “my precious George.”

“I know there is a great God, and I’m not worried,” she said.

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