President Steinmeier wrote:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of your wife’s demise. Permit me to offer you my heartfelt sympathy, both personally and on behalf of my fellow Germans.
Barbara Pierce Bush won the hearts of many with her open manner and friendly nature. She earned great respect for the numerous charities she supported, and in particular for championing the cause of literacy. We will remember her well for her personal achievements, for being the strong mother of a large, urbane family, and for being the Second and then First Lady of the United States.
My thoughts are with you, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I wish you strength and solace in this time of sorrow."
German Government Spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, stated that:
Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken on the phone with former US President George W. Bush and expressed her sincerest condolences on the passing of his mother Barbara Bush. #BarbaraBush