May 5th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

First Lady holds first mini-news conference


Watch Laura Bush's press conference Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First Lady Laura Bush has spoken out before on Myanmar – mostly through written statements – but Monday's on-camera mini-news conference in the White House briefing room was a first. In the wake of Saturday's deadly cyclone in Myanmar - also known as Burma - Mrs. Bush did not mince words decrying the ruling military junta for its failure to adequately warn residents of the impending danger.

"The response to the cyclone is just the most recent example of the junta's failure to meet its people's basic needs," Mrs. Bush said.

Aides to the First Lady say today's briefing room appearance was originally planned for Tuesday.

That's when President Bush is expected to sign legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel-Prize winning democracy activist currently under house arrest in Myanmar.

Officials say Mrs. Bush decided to push up her appearance, in light of the deadly cyclone over the weekend.

For ten minutes, the First Lady fielded questions on Myanmar, followed by a few questions on a lighter topic - daughter Jenna Bush's upcoming wedding Saturday at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

"I'm very, very excited. It's a very interesting passage of life when you get to that time in your life when your child - first child is getting married. And we're getting, for us, our first son," said Mrs. Bush.

At one point, the First Lady even joked about names for possible grandchildren down the road.

"George and Georgia, Georgina...Georgette," Mrs. Bush quipped.

She then thanked reporters for covering developments in Myanmar, asked them to "keep watching" the situation in that country, and exited the briefing room.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. wolfsbane

    Oh god, Laura, just pack your bags. Good riddance to you.

    May 5, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. An American in Canada




    May 5, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Jed in Texas

    A real American would have warned us that her husband wanted to be King.

    May 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. frank O

    Isn't it ironic that she is worried about the cyclone in Myanmar? where was she when her husband was busy cutting cake and playing golf while raising money during the Katrina disaster. 4 days. it took her husband 4 days to understand the calamity of the situation after repeated breifings by his advisors.

    4 days while people were drowning in our own mighty US of A.
    Wow! Laura where were you then?

    May 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Griff

    A very good Speach. Lady..

    May 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. max843

    Laura Bush for president....

    May 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. JS

    Mrs. Bush is a good first lady. It is not her fault that gas prices are at all time high.

    Between Pastor Hagee, Bill Clinton and Hillary, you know that doomsday is very close at hand !

    May 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. GloriafromPA

    I think she should run for president, she has 8 years experience in the White House. Pa-leeze, give-me-a-break. Google Paul vs Clinton and see why 9 superdelagates have run to Obama bring Hillay's lead down from 22 to 14. Soon she will be able to claim that she won the most states with crabapple trees.

    May 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Bill Pohnan

    Change a few of Mrs. Bush's words and we have, "The response to Hurricane Katrina is just the most recent example of President Bush's failure to meet the people's basic needs."

    She seems to be showing more concerned about people in a foreign country than people in her own.

    May 5, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. John Smith

    With $109 million in her bank; and with the obvious of loaning her campaing $5m, I am concerned that Bill and Hillary are not volunteering to offset the cost of gas for the avearge voter.

    If Bill and Hillary really like this nation, I would like to hear Hillary tell us how they will invest the trade money of $109m in the restoration of our schools, roads, and so on. Is this not what is expected of "real" patriotic people in this nation?

    May 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. jeremy

    where were you during hurricane katrina??????????????????????????????????????????????????

    the people of New Orleans want to know.

    May 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Jon

    I love you Laura. Well done!

    May 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. ne, Pa.

    Laura, We had a cyclone in this country too...YOUR MORON HUSBAND!

    May 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Jo Ann

    It's amagzing that Laura Bush has been in the whitehouse all most 8
    years and the most you have seen of her is walking her husband. I guess is he Michele Obama can come forth showing her smarts George decided that she come from behind the curtain of him. Notice
    if the daughters have come forth. I will only be glad when it's time for all the Bushes go home to Crawford, Tx.

    May 5, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Matt from L.A.

    I think we are probably not allowed to post links, so I won't, but I suggest you look at the Huffington Post website. They have a story (with video) entitled: "Laura Bush Discusses Jenna's Wedding During Myanmar Press Conference"

    May 5, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Laura Bush sometimes comes across like she has more brains and grace then her husband.....Wonder what she saw in Dubya?

    May 5, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Matt from L.A.

    She didn't look too worried about the people in Myanmar once she started talking about the Texas limestone altar her husband had constructed for the wedding. All the while MSNBC left up their chyron, saying "First Lady Talks About Deadly Cyclone In Myanmar," and continued to show images of the devastation in Myanmar while Mrs. Bush offered more information about the wedding.

    May 5, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Aces full of Kings

    Better first lady than the one we had before! Go Laura! Good Job! If you run in 2016, I will vote for you.

    May 5, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |