Barbara Bush kept a special clock that counted down days left in Donald Trump's term as president

The former first lady was reportedly so perturbed by the brand of Republicanism the current president brought that she had a difficult time identifying with the GOP


                            Barbara Bush kept a special clock that counted down days left in Donald Trump's term as president

The late First Lady Barbara Bush reportedly hated President Donald Trump to such an extent that she kept a "countdown clock" in her bedroom, ticking off the seconds until he would leave office.

The former first lady died in April 2018 at the age of 92, and her husband former President George HW Bush passed away seven months later.

She reportedly blamed Trump for a flare-up of her congenital heart condition, which she thought at the moment was a heart attack. The revelations were based on excerpts from the upcoming book by Sussan Page, a USA Today reporter.

The former first lady was reportedly so perturbed by the brand of Republicanism the current president brought that she had a difficult time identifying with the GOP. When she was asked last year whether she still considered herself a Republican, she replied with: "I'd probably say no today."

Former President George H.W. Bush (L) and former first lady Barbara Bush (C) point from their seats on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota (Getty Images)
Former President George H.W. Bush (L) and former first lady Barbara Bush (C) point from their seats on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota (Getty Images)

Barbara Bush could reportedly not bring herself to vote either for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections so she wrote in her son Jeb's name instead, according to reports.

When the former first lady died, the Trump countdown clock was by her bedside.

Page, in her book 'The Matriarch', writes: "After Trump was elected, a friend in Kennebunkport gave her a Trump countdown clock as a joke. The red, white, and blue digital clock displayed how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remained in Trump’s term."

U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on March 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Bech, Fla. (Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on March 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Bech, Fla. (Getty Images)

"She liked the countdown clock so much that when the Bushes returned to Houston that October, she brought it with her. It sat on her bedside table, where she could see it every day. It was there to the day she died," the book, which is slated to be go sale on April 2, noted.

The former first lady, however, was hopeful that the US would survive what she saw as a painfully disruptive episode which turned the presidency on its ear. "I'm trying not to think about it... We're a strong country, and I think it will all work out," she had reportedly said almost a year after President Trump took office.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara applaud during the evening session of day one of the 2004 Republican National Convention August 30, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Getty Images)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara applaud during the evening session of day one of the 2004 Republican National Convention August 30, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Getty Images)

The author recalled a pronouncement made by the late first lady during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, where she said that he was endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and that was the kind of endorsement no one wanted on their hands.

"'Putin endorsed him, for heaven’s sake,' Mrs. Bush erupted. 'Putin the killer! Putin the worst! He endorsed Trump! That’s an endorsement you don’t want," Bush reportedly said.