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.