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What’s Next for Laura Bush?
And what she’ll miss most about living in the White House
-The Betty Editors
What’s next for Laura Bush? She told NBC’s “Meet the Press” she will continue to work to improve conditions for women in Afghanistan, which has been a special interest during her years as First Lady. She will work with the US-Afghan Women’s Council, which was established in 2002 by President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It is based at Georgetown University.
It has also been reported that she is shopping around a memoir about her years in the White House. A novel based on a character very much like Laura Bush called American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld has been a best seller. Mrs. Bush’s book could bring a seven-figure advance. Hillary Clinton received $8 million dollars for her memoirs.
Mrs. Bush said that after leaving the White House, she and her husband would live in Dallas, spending weekends at their ranch in Crawford. What will she miss when she returns to Texas? She said, “I’ll miss being with the military … and that’s one of the things about Camp David that we liked so much, and that’s going to church at Camp David with the people who are posted there.” She also said, “I’ll miss all the people that are around us all the time. From the ushers and the butlers who are there for every president and have been there four or five administrations, to our own staff, of course, that we love to laugh with and talk with and solve problems with. And so I’ll miss the people the most.”
What was her advice to Michelle Obama? “The main point I wanted to say to her is that this is — the White House is a home, and it can be a very happy home for her and for her children and her husband, and it certainly has been for us.”