Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady by Ronald KesslerWhen Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bushs footsteps? Would she be another Hillary Clinton?
I think Ill just be Laura Bush, she would say.
On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the world got a glimpse of what that meant when she pushed aside the leader of the free world and stole the show at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. Wearing a shimmering lime green Oscar de la Renta gown, Laura wisecracked that she was a desperate housewife married to a president who was always asleep at nine.
Replayed constantly on the air, the stand-up routine with its impeccable comedic timing turned the first lady into a glittering star. But while the performance catapulted her to new status, it did not answer the question of who this former teacher and librarian really is and just what role she plays in influencing her husband and shaping his administration. The Bushes are more effective than the FBI or CIA at keeping secret what goes on behind the scenes at the White House, the ranch, or Camp David.
Now, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler draws back that curtain in the first biography of Laura Bush to be written with White House cooperation. Based on interviews with her closest friends and confidantes from childhood to the present, as well as family members and administration heavyweights like Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card, Kessler paints a portrait of a woman who, even as she ascended to the heights of political fortune and power, never lost touch with the bedrock American values she absorbed in her youth.
In this unprecedented account, Kessler reveals:
- How Lauras opinions have brought budget changes to a range of federal agencies and have affected her husbands policies, appointments, and worldview.
- Why Laura told her press secretary in May 2001 she did not want to do any more media interviews.
- What President Bush said to Laura at the dinner table after giving the go for the invasion of Iraq, and what his father, former President George H. W. Bush, wrote him the next day about the war.
- What Lauras own political opinions are and what her relationship with twin daughters Jenna and Barbara is really like.
- What Laura says in private about Hillary Clinton, media attacks on her husband, and his victory in the 2004 election.
- And why Laura, at the age of seventeen, missed a stop sign and caused a fatal accident that tragically left one of her best friends dead.
Laura Bush a remarkable look at the private world of this famously reserved woman, as well as the beliefs and attitudes that shape it. The book will surprise readers whose knowledge of the first lady comes from cautious media interviews and speeches.
Laura Bushs approval rating stands at 85 percent. Since opinion polls first began asking about them, no first lady has received a higher rating. This moving biography is the first to penetrate the secret world of the presidents stealth counselor who is one of our most admired public figures.
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Amid disturbing reports about the kidnap and imprisonment of migrant children at our border, Laura Bush penned an opinion piece comparing Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance policy" to Japanese interment during World War II. The article is simultaneously passionate and reasonable, a perfect addition to the rehabilitation of the Bushes that seems to be taking place a decade after the end of George W. The majority of the off-off-Broadway audience applauds, the first decade of this century safely in the rearview mirror. But do we really know Laura Bush enough to want her back? She maintained a cheerfully apolitical profile during her husband's two terms in the White House. Allen's solo play a production of the Klunch at the Flea Theater seems to give us an opportunity to know her better.
Many famous people have been charged with vehicular manslaughter , including Matthew Broderick. No matter the circumstances, the tragedy had a profound effect on the victim's family, the community of Midland, Texas, and Laura herself. News reports from state that Douglas suffered a broken neck when he was thrown from his vehicle. In an interview with Larry King , Laura says that after the accident her and Judy stood to the side of their car and watched a man rush over to the injured victim. Judy said "I think that's [the victim's] father. That's Mr. Despite a lack of evidence, much speculation surrounds this subject, however.
Bush , from to Born in Midland, Texas , Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in with a bachelor's degree in education , and took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin , she was employed as a librarian. Bush met her future husband, George W. Bush, in , and they were married later that year. The couple had twin daughters in
The Story of the Crime:
What do you think of when former First Ladies come to mind? Prim and proper, altruistic, party givers, hostesses with the mostessses, controversial, political pariahs? All of these and more could apply depending upon which First Lady about whom we are speaking. So, who is the criminal who happens to be a former First Lady? I am referring to the well liked and admired Laura Bush. Seventeen year old Laura Welch killed a male friend who was driving another car on the night of November 6, This fact had been virtually kept under wraps for years.