January 6th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
6 years ago

Laura Bush reaches deal to write memoir

The famously private First Lady will publish a candid memoir about her time spent living in the White House.
The famously private First Lady will publish a candid memoir about her time spent living in the White House.

(CNN) – First Lady Laura Bush has secured a book deal with Scribner to publish her memoir, which promises to include “intimate” details about her eight years living in the White House.

Mrs. Bush, the famously private First Lady, consistently remained popular among Americans even as her husband’s approval rating dropped lower and lower. Scribner did not announce how much it is paying Mrs. Bush for her book.

Scribner, a division of Simon and Schuster, won a bidding war among top publishers for the rights to publish her memoir. Scribner editor-in-chief Nan Graham, will edit the book, which is scheduled to be published in 2010.

“As a rare witness to the private moments of one of our country’s most consequential presidencies, and as a First Lady who has maintained a notable level of discretion, her memoir will provide a candid and personal perspective, and an enduring record, of the years that have already determined the course of the 21st century,” Susan Moldow, executive vice president and publisher of Scribner, said in a press release.

Maldow negotiated the contract with Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, a premier representative of famous authors like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Lynne Cheney.

“I am very pleased to be associated with Scribner, the distinguished publishing house of so many of my favorite books,” Mrs. Bush said in a statement released by Scribner. “I look forward to working with Scribner and the Simon and Schuster team as I tell the stories of the extraordinary events and people I’ve met in my life, particularly during my years in the White House.”

President Bush has said that he wants to write a book as well, but White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino said he hasn’t started meeting with publishers or making headway. When asked at a press briefing on Monday if book publishers told the President to hold off because of his low approval ratings, Perino said she didn’t know.

“I think the President will write a book that I’ll certainly want to read,” Perino said. “If his approval ratings are factoring into somebody’s decision on whether they want to buy the book, I guess they just don’t want to learn about his point of view.”

–CNN White House Correspondent Elaine Quijano contributed to this report


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  1. obama-mama

    Will this book have pictures and diagrams so George can follow along. I know he was having a hard time when he was reading to those school children on 9/11

    January 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    Closed minded fools...what awful comments for a First Lady, that's right, she's the First Lady, show some respect, no matter your politics!

    Shame on you people!

    January 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Proud American

    Title: Why I married a Idiot.

    January 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. RealityKing

    No corruption needed to get her a job...

    January 6, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Ken

    What a mess the [R] party would be in if this lady dares to speak the whole truth. The disaster-in-charge has already given his mother an ulcer, just imagine the broilings going on inside Laura's stomach.....she might significantly increase her lifespan if she were to get it all off her shoulders.

    January 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. suzyku

    There has been enough of both of these bush's to last a lifetime. She just smiles and supports her idiot husband, she is in as much denial of his utter failure(s) as he is! She has absolutely nothing to say that would be of interest, she is boring, boring, boring!

    January 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Jeff B.

    I have been a Bush supporter since the beginning. I think he's a great man. I think he's been unfairly blamed for too much. Two examples:

    Iraq? – Obama is one of the few who can claim he was against it. As a nation, we were pretty close to unified in our support at the beginning. It's when the going got tough that people started backing off their support. With conditions there improving, we may have a long-term, democratic ally in the Middle East. And ridded the world of a ruthless dictator, to boot.

    Katrina? – I'm paraphrasing NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin, but in 2004 he said something like; "If we have a big storm, it's going to be a few uncomfortable days in the Superdome before we can get you out, so you better evacuate." I doubt if Al Gore had been president, anything would have been different.

    Plame-gate? – She wasn't even covert! And it was Richard Armitage that "leaked" her name to Bob Novak.

    My problem with Bush is he abandoned conservative fiscal policies in the name of bi-partisanship. Look where it got him: Nowhere. And now the annual budget deficit is back to record levels. But all this other votriol is undeserved.

    January 6, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. James

    "Liars from the Bush White House, Volume 72"

    January 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. bunnyslippers

    Bless her heart. I bet she has spent the last 8 years wishing she had married that nice boy what sat behind her in American Lit.

    January 6, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Baze

    Jesus, does she have enough make up on in this photo?

    January 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Kathleen

    I'd like to know how she can stand to spend five minutes with her husband.

    January 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Eric in Texas

    I see Bob from Pittsburgh still thinks Bush STOLE the election from Gore. Come on Dems, get over it. The funniest things are that #1 he couldn't even carry his own home state and #2 he went on and on about how "every vote should be counted" in the Florida elections but his campaign refused to allow the overseas military ballots to be counted. Funny, don't their votes count? Aren't they part of everybody? Wanna know why he didn't want them counted? Because about 95% of them were Bush votes. So don't cry about stolen unfair elections. Get over yourselves. You have the change you wanted, now let us hop it is the change we need. I still worry that sometimes voting for change for the sake of change is stupid. Hitler was a change in Germany and we know how that went. AND DON'T SO I AM CALLING OBAMA HITLER. I didn't, I said it was simply change. **the media would love that comment coming from a Republican on the hill huh**

    January 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. CAR

    So much for the country coming together....Bush will be gone in two weeks...and now you are picking on his wife...grow up people! What about Hillary's pig of a cheating husband...does anyone ever ask her why the heck she married a low life like him?...oh yea, her political agenda....how quickly we forget. All you Bush Bashers will give it time before you start attacking your "saviour" Barak and his family....do you think anyone cares what Michelle has to say?....I sure don't! Laura Bush is a teacher and librarian....she has done more for children ... and is a good person, and is allowed to have a point of view before being attacked.

    January 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Joe Doe

    Ooooh sounds like a real page turner. Here's a title for ya: "First Lady / Worst President"

    January 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. RAR

    Laura has to strike while the iron is hot. At this point she can say whatever delusional things she wants about her husbands presidency with the caveat that "history will judge that the adminsitration did the right things. Over time we'll begin to see the postive results of strong leadership and true consensus governing from the Obama administration. History will harshly judge the Bush Adminsitration for its missed opportunities. Anything Laura, Cheney, Rumsfield, or Rice will have written will be absurd and irrelevant. Their books will sit in the 70% off bargin bin in the fiction section.

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Mike/Chicago

    Mrs. Bush is certainly smarter than her husband. Hold all of the details of her life close to the vest, and then after the publishing bidding war, see who will pay her millions of dollars for information and details that for 8 years were too private and personal to divulge. This is one memoir headed straight for the 50% off bin.

    January 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. ED FL

    Isn't it bad enough to have lived with GW through this disaster, to again go throughit a second time in your book.GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. pk49

    How sad and shameful that so many Americans are so disrespectful full of hatred.

    January 6, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Scandal

    WOW TCM....can you say "I am a racist" any louder!

    January 6, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Jim

    To TCM:
    Why don't you lead the rest of your Retardlican friends to the nearest window and go lick it. If you are ignorant enough to vote for another Retardlican after the last eight years of destruction to this country then you are not qualified to lead anything.

    January 6, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Lauren the Designer

    Everyone gets a book deal!
    I don't mind Laura Bush, but whatever she has to write is about as relevant to me as what Joe the Plumber's book will be about.

    January 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Phil from Ashburn

    If Coulter can sell books.. anyone can.

    January 6, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. John in Ohio

    "IT's amazing how you libs are just so spiteful; to the point you've elected a total ZERO when it comes to competence…see the way he's dancing around issues already? Heck, Laura Bush if far more qualified to be president than your nappyheaded rookie."

    Carefully considering an issue to ensure the position taken is the right one is not "dancing" around an issue. I realize it's a change from playing cowboy, picking something without any thought based on emotion and "gut reaction", and obsessively holding that position in the face of all reason and evidence. While it's different for you to see a thoughtful President, it's not a bad thing.

    January 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Sarge in Florida

    Laura I hope that you put in your book on how hard it has been for you to lay next to a man who has caused the deaths of thousands of MEN/WOMAN/Children? If this didn't bother you at all then your not TRUELY a MOTHER..You will be just like Barbara Bush a EVIL MONSTER ofter her remarks about the victims of Hurricane Katrina when it hit NO.

    January 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. JO

    Just go rent "The Stepford Wives", cheaper and will give you a greater insight. After sitting for 7 years and 8 months, she is trying to create a legacy in the last 4 months of her husband's misadministration.

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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