June 9th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 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."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
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  1. Mike D


    If obama is cost this election this year because of hillary's supporters defecting to mccain - she will be blamed for inciting vindictive behavior, and will never stand a chance again in any position of power

    June 9, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. lr

    laura, don't worry we are all going to be voting for a republican candidate this time. no way we will be voting for Obama, after all they stole this win from hillary. it's Gore time all over again

    June 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. renee

    That was very nice what Ms.Bush, said about ms.clinton, and ms, obama as women with must still stick together and encourage one another from time to time. we can't take it personel this is just politics, this is just business. we have to move on to the that big thang!!! (smile) the general election and ms. clinton voters need come on ;get on board before you look around and everything will be over and would not have had a chance to participate we can let this moment go, this is our time this is our moment we have to vote for barack obama in november you can act like don't know if you won't to but just think of this you may be broke! but you have a vote! gas prices, health care, food prices, economy and so on you know you fill it every day that you go to work ;and don't how you are doing to make it from week to week. we can't afford more of the same just think about that for moment. P.S. who are you voting for? and for what reason? it is know reason what so ever for you to vote for "McShame"..


    June 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. atypical

    Well, this is the FIRST time in my adult life I feel PROUD about a presidential candidate. Before I either didn't care, didn't believe it did any good to care, or believed they weren't worth caring about.

    Spin it however you want.

    The patriotism card is wearing thin. Sigh. . . .

    And to the Republicans who are disguised as Democrats, hoping to skew the election results come NOv: You have your work cut out for you. I think there are just enough intelligent, observant, progressive folks out there to tip the scales of reason and soundly disappoint you.

    June 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. RJ

    It is said that “Obama rallied the support of affluent, well-educated voters, African-Americans and the younger generation.”

    Judging by the majority of comments Obama bloggers everywhere, if they’re “affluent,” they must have inherited their money, because they certainly didn’t make it through “ability,” and they definitely are not “well-educated.”

    Their comments consist of filthy “gutter” slogans. Their “opinions” are nothing more than re-hashed media headlines. They can’t finish a thought from beginning to end. They can’t write a full sentence. And they sure as heck can’t spell! Their “heroes” are Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. They are, quite frankly, a “joke.”

    June 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Jay

    Like I have said 101 million times. Go ahead Clintonites and vote for McCain out of spite. Enjoy your $7 a gallon gas, more of our sons, mothers, brothers, fathers dying in unjustifiable war and Roe V Wade being overturned. Oh and also enjoy the 2nd great depression as well. Then when all that happens you can sit back an pat yourself on the back cause YOU voted for it all out of spite!!!!!! Good grief ya sound like a bunch of children stomping the ground an pounding your head against a wall because you didn't get your way.

    Nobody took the nomination from Hillary but herself! She failed to have a plan for after super Tuesday. She didn't care about MI an FL until she needed them an then when the rules committee appeased her an sat the delegates from those states you all whined an cried. So go ahead an vote McCain out of spite I really hope you will enjoy all the negatives that will come about if he is elected.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    With all due respect to Laura, I agree you must be careful and campaigning but one must be more than careful as president when speaking or making decisions for our country. Goerge W. Bush failed the most important, being president and making the right decisions which we are all paying a price in war and the economy.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Why

    Code word meaning, "Lie like my husband." No wonder she likes Hillary. Friends of a feather flock together. Sorry no more liars in the white house. We already had Bill and Hillary and George and Laura.

    Now its time for some real icons and role models.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. scott lymann

    WOW, talk about a bunch of hate filled comments on here.
    Those that who do not support Obama and still support Hillary should not be called a racist, i am anything but that. I have not been inspired by Obama, that is just the fact, he seems like a nice guy who speaks well, that is all I have. I don't know if I can vote for him, I dont know if for the first time in my life I will not vote. As for this article, Laura Bush has been fantastic these last 8 years, she has played the role the way it should be and will leave the White House with plenty of respect which she will be able to use to her advantage for years to come.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. James

    I am so sadden to see some of the Clinton supporters so angry. If you vote for McCain, you are either a racist, or just a Republican posing as a Democrat. Hillary and Obama's views are closely aligned. Obama stole nothing from Clinton. She has endorsed him. Stop looking at your self-portrait and see the big picture. Repent from your racist and hateful ways. You can not really love God and be racist and hateful. God is love. How can you say you love me and hate your brother?The Bible calls you a liar.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Lola

    I think that the time has come for everyone to step back, take a deep breath, and start doing some indepth research on both McCain and Obama. For all you women stating that you will be voting for McCain you might want to do some research on why and how he dumped his first wife – then take the time to ponder if he really supports the right of a woman to control her life or if he believes that a woman is just on this earth to serve a man. That she must obey and always walk four steps behind a man.

    June 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Shelly in IL


    June 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. P.A. VOTER

    It's nice to know that Mrs Bush is not a spin doctor. It clear that Bush married up. As for Mrs Obama she will learn how to be careful and once again if you listen to the words after this statement it is clear that she was referring to the new energy and engagement the American people have had in this primary season. And please this is not suni sheah type stuff.

    June 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Tim

    Tell Clintons they owe 18million people and apology by misleading them that she is winning, just because most of them are not well educated!

    June 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Joan, Ontario,

    If you listen to the actual speech, what she said was that for the first time she was REALLY proud that she was American because of all the advancements, etc. that were happening now. Listen to it. To make a sensational story, many media outlets left out the "really" but it does make it a totally different statement if you know what she did say. Obviously she has always been proud to be an American but she is even more proud this year. What is wrong with that? Hasn't George Bush made a few comments that have caused controversy?

    June 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Peggy - Tx

    Laura Bush has my respect and admiration. So does Michelle Obama. Michell's minor slip up in choise of words will not deminsih her acheivements or her solid character that shines through the media spin like the Texas sun in June.

    June 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Go Hillary

    Everyone seems to "misunderstand" the Obama's. First his pastor then his wife....

    *******************sly very sly !!!****************************************

    June 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. E. C., Houston, Texas

    First Lady Laura Bush, always the Perfect Lady, and she is so well spoken on every occasion.. She is an outstanding example for all future First Ladies of The White House. Her presence, demeanor and keen insight are a combined testament to her intelligence and love of the written word. Kudos to First Lady Laura Bush for being such a great leader and example, as well as to President George Bush. Regardless of what hateful and dishonest comments have been spewed by the Democrats for the last 7years, President Bush has served the office well, with honor and humility and has been an outstanding leader and President. President and First Lady Laura Bush have been wonderful representatives of this great and proud Nation who have been outstanding examples for humanity and great stewards of decent moral values. We should be a Grateful Nation to both leaders.

    June 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Sarah

    As an African American woman, I agree 100% with what Michelle said (before correction!)...
    You guys need to understands what it means to be a daughter/ son of slaves and be treated as less than a human. This feeling may only be felt by Laura...
    Obama presidency is healing not only for me and other black people but it is the best gift we can offer to our children who will grow up as equal citizens
    Thank you educated and civilized America for making this happen

    June 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. 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. Outof 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 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Mike

    Ever notice the same three or four phrases used in every post by the supposed former Hillary supporters now voting for McCain?

    Flooding the ticker everyday...something tells me it's the same three or four people.

    June 9, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. SOLA (Atlanta)

    I am a democrat but I love this woman.She and are girls are so lovely and good looking .Laura is smart, easy going and has no "cowgirl" approach. My question still remains why on this beautiful earth will she marry GEORGE? I know she is smart and obviously could do better than GEORGE. I now believe the saying that the bad boys (eg George) always get the good girls (eg Laura). As for George,with all your BS,you are a lucky man to get a lady like Laura.

    June 9, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. John -Bartlett IL

    This is all part of the GOP's plan to "entice" Hillary voters to vote for Mcain.
    The right has spent the last couple of days "praising" Hillary...
    Are we all THAT stupid....
    Apparently, they (the right) believe that Hillary supporters ARE that nieve.. to fall for it.

    June 9, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Frank, Missouri

    She really is ok ... She is not GEORGE Bush after all.

    June 9, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Holly

    Woman unite!

    Unite behind Barack Obama!

    June 9, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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