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Reflecting on former first lady Barbara Bush’s D.C. legacy

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Executive chef Todd Gray is a busy guy, running the Manna restaurant in the Museum of the Bible and the Equinox just blocks from the White House.

A big fan of former first lady Barbara Bush, Gray would often seat the president and his family in what staffers call the Equinox’s wine room, a restaurant that was a favorite getaway of the Bush family just blocks from the White House.

Staffers at the restaurant used words like “genuine,” “kind” and “classy” to describe Bush.

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At the restaurant, the Bushes could dine in private, yet feel they were outside the confines of the executive mansion.

Among the Bush's last meals at the restaurant was in 2012.

But Barbara Bush was definitely the matriarch of the family.

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She called herself “everybody's grandmother.”

But the other side, that kindness was answered after the Bushes had that last meal at the Equinox.

“On the way out of the restaurant, it's amazing, our building came down to applaud them walking out,” Gray said. “That says a lot about a family, it says a lot about her.”

A former first lady, fondly remembered amid prayers.

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