The infidelity issues in the relationship between George and Barbara Bush may have driven the latter over the edge, according to news reports.
While many have suspected for a while that Barbara was likely in a bad state of mind as a result of her husband’s cheating, it has now come to light that she almost successfully committed suicide at some point in the past.
The incident is said to have been related to her relationship with George Bush.
The situation had driven Barbara so mad that she frequently contemplated driving her car into a tree, according to accounts.
She even had to stop her car and pause briefly by the side of the road on a few occasions, just so that she would not do anything bad.
Susan Page wrote a new biography, The Matriarch, that covers that unique story.
The book reads: "She would pull over to the side of the road until the impulse to plow into a tree or drive into the path of an oncoming car had passed."
Barbara said: "I really wasn’t brave enough to do that. But that’s why I pulled over, so I wouldn’t do that, or I wouldn’t run into another car."
The former president's cheating allegations were never confirmed officially and have remained rumors, though many people seem to believe that there was indeed something going on between him and one of his aides.
Bush himself has continued to deny the rumors involving Jennifer Fitzgerald since they first came out.
He said in 1992: "I’m not going to take any sleazy questions like that. I’m not going to respond other than to say it’s a lie."
Barbara had other thoughts about the situation. She wrote in her diary: "My own opinion is that Jennifer really does hurt George. His eyes really glaze over when you mention her name. She is just what he wants, he says and says the hell with it all."
The new revelations about the former first lady paint the situation in a new light and seem to have shifted the opinions of some people regarding the relationship between the two.
In the end though, both George and Barbara Bush have passed away at this point, so it might not make much sense to discuss potential issues in their relationship.
Many people still maintain an active interest in that area of their lives; however, as they used to be quite an example for many couples.
Is it right or wrong to say this does not change much on their legacies?