Who are Jonathan Bush's children? Sons of George Bush Sr's brother say he was 'best dad ever' after his death
"There goes the greatest man I'll ever know," wrote Billy, one of Jonathan Bush's sons, in an emotional Instagram post along with several photos of his father. "Happy 90th dad and thanks for this great life and being the best dad ever"
Jonathan Bush, the younger brother of late President George H W Bush and the last living sibling of his generation from the famous political family died at the age of 89 on May 5. He is survived by two sons and his nephew, George W Bush.
The uncle of the 43rd US president died on Wednesday, May 5, one day before his 90th birthday, at his home in Jupiter, Florida, according to a spokesman for the Texas-based George & Barbara Bush Foundation. The foundation mourned Jonathan in a statement on Thursday, May 6: "Our prayers and love are with the Bush family as we remember a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother, a fine gentleman, and a noble soul. And knowing Jonathan he also would like for us to observe he was a great song and dance man — without a doubt the best dancer of his siblings, all of whom he now joins in heaven." He has two children with his wife Josephine, Billy Bush, and Jonathan S Bush.
Son Jonathan S Bush pays tribute
On May 6, Jonathan S Bush announced on his Instagram page that his father passed away on the same day that his son was born. "On the day my incredible father left the world, his namesake arrived. They met briefly and exchanged key playbooks. Welcome to the world baby Johnny! We love you Johnny. And you too Johnny! And Fay, you are amazing." he wrote. He also shared a picture of his dad in a separate post where he marked his death.
Jonathan grew up in Manhattan and attended Allen-Stevenson School. He graduated from the Phillips Academy college preparatory school in Andover, Massachusetts and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1997. He took time off from his studies to work on George H W Bush's 1988 presidential campaign.
In 1997, Bush and Todd Park, a colleague from Booz Allen, founded Athena Women's Health, a women's health and birthing clinic housed in San Diego for soon-to-be, new, and current mothers. Bush was the CEO of Athena Women's Health until his resignation on June 6, 2018. In 2013, Bush was named CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC). In 2016 he received the Tufts Medical Center's Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership. Fortune included Bush as a "disruptor" in its list of "34 Leaders Who Are Changing Healthcare," writing that "few are more persuasive—and outspoken—about the need to repair our healthcare system."
He is married and has six children. In May 2018, Jonathan was accused of verbally and physically abusing his first wife, Sarah Selden. However, after further investigation, the claims were dropped. He is currently married to Fay Rotenberg.
Son Billy Bush's pays tribute
Billy Bush, the infamous radio and television host, who was fired from the 'Today' show after he became embroiled in an Access Hollywood tape involving former President Donald Trump, which was leaked before the 2016 election, also paid tribute to his late father.
On his Instagram page, he wrote: "There goes the greatest man I'll ever know," on Thursday, May 6. He had uploaded several photos of his father and said in the post caption, "Happy 90th dad and thanks for this great life and being the best dad ever. Everything worth knowing I got from you and mom. I watched you leave this earth and I know exactly where you are now. It makes me happy. I feel blessed. The legend will never fade."
Billy was born in Manhattan, New York. He attended middle school at St. Bernard's School in Manhattan and high school at St George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island, and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and government from Colby College in 1994.
He began his career hosting the afternoon drive show on WLKZ-FM in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, later moving to Washington, DC, where he hosted the midday show on WARW-FM. In January 2003, Billy hosted a short-lived NBC prime-time version of Let's Make a Deal. He was also a correspondent for WNBC-TV's Today in New York morning show. He joined Access Hollywood, a daily entertainment news magazine, as East Coast correspondent in December 2001. He was promoted to the co-anchor position in June 2004.
While working at Access Hollywood, he was present at high-profile red carpet events including the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Academy Awards, and hosted ABC's live pre-show for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Academy Awards and the 2006 Emmy Red Carpet Special. He returned to radio with The Billy Bush Show, nightly talk radio, and an entertainment interview show. He also co-hosted the Miss Universe pageant four times: in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was named one of Esquire magazine's "10 Men" in July 2005.
On October 7, 2016, The Washington Post reported that video footage was leaked of Trump having a lewd conversation with Billy, with Trump either unaware or unconcerned that his microphone was active. Bush is heard laughing about Trump's failed effort to seduce a married woman. "I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married," Trump was heard saying in the tape. He also talked about stars groping women: "...you just kiss...when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything [Bush: Anything you want]...grab them by the pussy..." In 2018, Billy divorced his wife, Sydney Davis. They have three children.