Sunday, July 5, 2015

Columba Bush Wife of Jeb

Columba Bush

Columba Bush was born in LeónGuanajuatoMexico,[1] the daughter of José María Garnica Rodríguez (1925-2013), a migrant worker and waiter from Arperos, Guanajuato, and Josefina Gallo Esquivel (born 1920) from León, who were married in 1949. Her father abandoned the family when she was 3 years old in 1956.[4] Her parents were divorced in 1963 when Columba was 10 years old.[5] She remained in León with her mother while her father emigrated to the United States.
She attended Instituto Antonia Mayllen, a private Catholic school in the historic center of León. She met Jeb Bush in 1970 in León when she was 16 years old and he was 17.[1] He was teaching English as a second language and assisting in the building of a school in a small village outside of León, GuanajuatoMexico, (the village of Ibarrilla)[6] as part of a class at Andover called Man and Society.[4][1]
They were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas[7][8][9] at the chapel in the Catholic student center on the campus of the University of Texas.[10][4] At the time of the wedding, she did not speak English, therefore, a part of the wedding ceremony was conducted in Spanish.[1]
Columba has made about as vast a journey as any American immigrant ever could, from a barely-middle-class girl raised by a divorced single mother in León, to potential first lady of an American presidential franchise. Yet today, Columba is no more a part of Jeb Bush’s Spanish-speaking political circles than she is of his English-speaking ones. She did not develop a separate life in Miami’s society pages, or become a well-known hostess on the Cuban scene. In fact, as Jeb was smoothly going native, her own cultural transition to Bushland was halting and bumpy. She became an American citizen, in 1979, just so she could vote for her father-in-law for president. “It was a difficult decision to make,” she later told a local paper.

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