Mothers play a huge role in shaping the type of people their children become.
And some of those children go on to become presidents and leaders of the free world.
In fact, many U.S. presidents have been vocal about their relationships with their mothers, and the impact these women had on their lives and political careers.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating some great mothers who helped shape some of our country’s most powerful leaders.
1 – Mary Anne Trump, mom to Donald Trump
In his book, The Art of the Comeback, President Trump wrote, "Part of the problem I’ve had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump. My mother is smart as hell.”
2 – Barbara Bush, mom to George W. Bush
President Bush grew close with his mother in part out of the grief they shared when his 4-year-old sister Robin died from leukemia. Barbara Bush remained a close confidante for her son throughout his adulthood and career. “I picked up a lot of Mother’s personality,” Bush wrote in his autobiography, citing their shared sense of humor, tempers and bluntness.
Even before her death last month, Bush was comforted by his mother’s personality. “She truly believes there’s an afterlife, that she’ll be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God,” Bush said, “and, therefore, did not fear death. And as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted.”
3 – Dorothy Walker Bush, mom to George H.W. Bush
Although Dorothy Walker Bush had lived a life of privilege and her family was well-off, she worked to impress upon her children the importance of social service and her hatred of exaggerating one's prominence or power.
President Bush said that his mother instilled in him a sense of competitiveness and loyalty and taught him not to take himself too seriously.
4 – Nelle Reagan, mom to Ronald Reagan
President Reagan said his mother instilled in him a strong sense of religious duty and faith throughout the family’s frequent moves. She also gave him his first exposure to theater by organizing community performances during Reagan’s childhood. When his acting career took off, Reagan supported his mother financially, buying her the first home she ever owned.
5 – Rebekah Baines Johnson, mom to Lyndon B. Johnson
President Johnson’s mother taught him the alphabet by age 2 and bits of poetry by age 3, and later read him Bible passages and history books. “I’ll never forget how much my mother loved me when I recited those poems,” he later said. Johnson became especially close with his mother because his father worked long hours as a businessman in Fredericksburg, Texas. “I knew how much she needed me,” Johnson said. “It made me feel big and important.”