June 9th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Laura Bush applauds Clinton, has advice for Michelle Obama

Laura Bush addresses the press at the Presidential Palace in Kabul Sunday.
Laura Bush addresses the press at the Presidential Palace in Kabul Sunday.

(CNN) – First Lady Laura Bush said Monday that as a veteran of the rigors of the campaign trail herself, she "admired Hillary's grit and strength."

"I know what it’s like to run those campaigns, to be the candidate and how very difficult it is both emotionally and physically,” Bush told ABC News. “It's a huge endurance, process of endurance, and so I'll have to say I have a lot of admiration for her endurance and strength."

"I know it's hard," Mrs. Bush said, "It's hard to do that and I think she did great."

Bush also defended Michelle Obama over a controversial comment that drew criticism from many conservative pundits – but offered caution for the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama told the crowd at a primary season campaign event that "for the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country." (WATCH what Michelle Obama said)

Later, she said her remarks had been misinterpreted, and that she had been referring to how proud she was that Americans were engaging in the political process as never before. (WATCH: Michelle Obama responds to her misinterpreted remarks.)

"I think she probably meant 'I'm more proud,'" said Laura Bush Monday, adding that "you have to be very careful in what you say" when you’re campaigning.

"That's one of the things you learn and that's one of the really difficult parts both of running for president, and for being the spouse of the president, and that is everything you say is looked and in many cases misconstrued."


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  1. nnate, OH

    Wow, I can't believe how much bitterness there is in these posts. And this is for one gaffe Michelle Obama made months ago.

    "This is the first time in my adult life that I am really proud of my country."

    We have our flags, we have independence day, memorial day, but how many are really proud of what this nation has done during our lifetimes. We see defects all the time, corruption in the white house and the legislature. This is by no means a perfect nation.

    The fact that so many people were participating in this primary is something to be really proud about. It shows that the people of this nation has a voice, which made it possible for the first woman or african-american to be elected president. It show us once again that America is a land of opportunities.

    Rather than dwelling in hate and disgust, let's move forward.

    America '08

    June 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Daniel F, NYC, NY

    It is interesting that CNN puts Mrs Obama's statement in quote marks but it then misquotes her. You left out a word that I think changes her statement. She said, "REALLY Proud". When you add REALLY, it is a quote that I can agree with 100%.
    Poor journalism CNN.

    June 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. twp

    I wish one person could tell me what this CHANGE is? Is it just a change in name, or party? Obama has not given one solid answer on this CHANGE, yet everyone is on the CHANGE wagon. I understand that our economy needs a change, gas prices need to change, the war status needs to change, yet there is only the slogans YES WE CAN, and - CHANGE.

    When all this hoopla dies down, and the issues need to be addressed, the biggest CHANGE i know we will is a new person in the whitehouse making the same decisions, only with a different name!

    June 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Hnic

    WOW. Hillary Supporters on here have pretty much formed their own country. She has really souped them up, making them think the World cannot revolve without them. Please stop that today. Everyone that really wants change has moved on.

    The reality is we do need you to defeat McCain in the fall, but not all the whiny, crybabyism that goes with it.. The line will keep moving WITH OR WITHOUT you. Out of 18 million Hillary votes, a large proportion of those will support Obama, because they understand the importance of electing a Democrat to the presidency. If you can't get over the fact that there will not be a Clinton in office, and decide to pull a Lieberman and sleep with the enemy, that's your own business. But if you are leaving, just leave. People who claim they will vote for McCain are either Republicans or democrats who don't vote anyway. Obama supporters havejust as much right to be angry, but the time has also come for Obama supporters to be adults and move forward. Something very unique happened in the Democratic party; a black man and a white woman were finalists to become President. of these United States. There was a time in our short history that having a woman or a black man on the ticket was the same as seeing a Martian land on the White House lawn. The way I see it, either way it's win-win for Democrats. We are making change. If you think Mccain is an agent of change, vote for him. But don't come crying back when you realise the album cover lied to you.

    June 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. SLIMSISTA

    TO JEN:

    NO HE JOINED THE ARMY 25 YEARS AGO TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY....BUT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE...WE ARE STILL IN A WAR THAT SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN..

    WHEN YOU CAN WALK IN MY SHOES...THEN YOU CAN TALK!!!!

    June 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. NO Hillary on Ticket

    Sarah:

    I am a white woman and have much empathy for what you have just said "being a child of slaves." That is one of the reasons why I am so proud of our country to nominate Obama who will be our next president!!!

    Unfortunately, there still remains much ignorance in our country too. Considering Obama and Clinton have very little, if any, policy differences, why are these ignorant Hillary voters refusing to vote for Obama – IGNORANCE FROM HILLARY VOTERS!

    June 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. #1 REAL Hillary Supporter!!!!!!

    Laura Bush, you have been in the White House too long! The democrats are taking over!! Obama/Clinton 08' No more Bush! No more McCain!

    Real HIllary Supporters for Democratic Unity!

    June 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. No repugs

    Thank for Bush/Cheney more American died in Iraq than 9/11(rip) deaths they were defending.

    June 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Dawn

    Some of you people crack me up.

    If it isn't that you're acting like children who don't get their way, so they throw themselves down on the ground kicking and screaming;

    If it isn't that many of you are behaving as little more than sore losers;

    If it isn't the fact that many of you basically (unsucessfully) attempted to blackmail the Democratic party;

    It's your hypocrisy in whining and crying about rampant sexism in the Obama campaign, and then claiming to prefer to vote for a man who openly called his wife a C**T.

    Vote for who you want to vote for. Base that vote on all the spin and rhetoric you want, and not on actual issues. That's your choice.

    Isn't being an American grand? You can vote based completely on lopsided, unfounded logic and not on any single issue, and your vote will still count as much as the next person's.

    Regardless, Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States, and he'll be your President just as much as those who will vote for him.

    June 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    BARACK KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!! THE REPUBLICANS, RACIST WHITE AMERICANS AND THE MEDIA WILL DO THEIR BEST TO TRY AND BRING YOU DOWN. KEEP ON PUSHING AND REMEMBER WHY YOU'RE IN THIS RACE – TO UNIT THIS COUNTRY AND GET US OUT OF THIS TERRIBLE MESS THAT BUSH (A REPUBLICAN, WOW AREN'T YOU REPS PROUD?) HAS PUT US IN. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE FAITH IN YOU AND SIMPLY BELIEVE THAT YOU CANT HANDLE THE JOB. WELL, I AND THE REST OF YOUR SUPPORTERS DO. WE HAVE YOUR BACK AND WE'LL BE THERE IN NOVEMBER TO CAST OUR VOTE FOR YOU!

    ALL OF THE "HILLARY SUPPORTERS" NEED TO DO THEIR RESEARCH ON MCCAIN. IF THEY FAIL TO DO SO AND JUST VOTE OUT OF ANGER, WE'LL BE BACK AT SQUARE ONE AGAIN. WE WILL NEVER MOVE FOWARD AS A COUNTRY BECAUSE WE'RE SO STUCK IN OUR WAYS AND CAN'T GET PAST THE FACT THAT THEIR CANDIDATE DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT.

    I FEEL LIKE SAYING WHAT MR WRIGHT SAY....GOD...WELL YOU KNOW THE REST....

    June 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Concerned Voter

    Wow, with all the moron HRC supporters here... no wonder the US is the way it is. "lets elect somebody completely wrong to hopefully get the moron we wanted back in there in 4 years." Yeah thats brilliant! But then again... you will reap what you make... oh did I say MORONS!

    June 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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