February 27th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
4 months ago

Laura Bush dishes on life post-presidency

Former first lady Laura Bush said she and her husband are back to their old routine in Dallas, Texas.
Former first lady Laura Bush said she and her husband are back to their old routine in Dallas, Texas.

(CNN) –- Just over a month since they left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for a quiet Dallas neighborhood, former first lady Laura Bush said she and her husband are “back to our old routine.”

In her first post-White House interview, the former first lady told ABC News that she and former President George W. Bush were enjoying coffee together every morning, holding dinner parties with friends, and dealing with the hunt for furniture. “Life is great,” she said.

"We have very little furniture. We don't have a kitchen table or a dining room table," said Bush. "Friends loaned me a kitchen table, and the other night I had 16 people for dinner, and I had to borrow chairs from the Secret Service next door.”

Laura Bush says her husband is meeting the neighbors, making trips to the hardware store, and catching up on some reading via a Kindle. His latest read is a novel given to him for Christmas by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

And while Laura Bush lived and breathed politics for the last eight years, the former first lady said she did not watch President Obama's first address to Congress because she simply forgot.

"I thought it was so ironic that for eight years I would be a nervous wreck before the State of the Union, and for days before, as George would be preparing his speech, worried about it and thinking about what was going to be in the speech," Bush said. “And this time it came and went and I didn't even think about it."

The first lady, an ardent champion of Afghan women's rights while in the White House, also said she was worried that people “will wash their hands of Afghanistan, and I think it'd be a terrible mistake."


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soundoff (494 Responses)
  1. Raymond

    How many speeches did Laura Bush make to the EPA and FLOTUS??

    ZERO!

    Because her HUSBAND was the President and she has class.

    February 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She's probably as miserable as she can be. Poor lady. I bet Laura is wondering why none of the neighbors have invited them over for dinner.

    February 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. B.H.

    Hope you have a great time at your dinner parties now and smile and tell your friends what a great job you did.

    About destroying this great country!

    February 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. OB from Texas

    Is Laura aware of the mess her husband left behind???

    February 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dave

    Yeah Laura. Life sure is great for you. Not so for the tens of thousands of active duty service members killed or mained or the millions of ordinary Iraqis killed/injured/displaced due to your husband's lies for an unjust and immoral WAR.

    February 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Darren

    Bake cookies, Laura. Just zip it and bake cookies.

    February 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. David

    I voted for Obama but I think Laura is a class act. W. don't deserve her.
    Good Luck in your new life and may God bless you and your family.

    February 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Our "Ex"

    I want the Bushes to get their private lives back and I'm no fan.

    I can only imagine it is incredibly tough to take all the criticism under the best of circustances ... you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

    No need to bash the man here as long as he stays out of policy discussions.

    February 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Had It

    Hey Laura – send your hubby along with McCain and let the two of them find Bin Laden. McCain knows where he is. Maybe Bushie can cuff him.

    February 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Lee in Ohio

    Ditto Dave, OB from Texas, and B.H.

    February 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Dan

    Glad to hear 'life is great' for you two twits after you destroyed to many other lives. Great news.

    February 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. elana

    Former First Lady, Laura Bush, is a very beautiful, intelligent, and eloquent woman, who certainly took her place in line with so many First Ladies of their respective era. Irregardless of he challenges President Bush had, I will always respect both of them, because they were committed to living a respectful family life. She contributed so much to our Country as First Lady. And her gracious ability to host so many events at the White House, especially the Xmas Tree displays, etc. will always be remembered as a postive in the administration.

    February 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Agnes

    She forgot or didn't want to see someone with a brain compared to her inept husband.

    February 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Todd

    Nice to a CLASSY First Lady. Even if she was a "former" First Lady, she was dignified, knew that her role was not about "HER", and I think was proud of her country from day 1....

    Thank you for your generous service this country, Mrs. Bush!

    February 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. wallst

    Dang Dave ease up. Maybe we shouldn't have been there but you have to go off the information he had given to him to act. By the way Dave in case you didn't know this we have what is called a volunteer army. When you join you get a gun. It's a shame those young men and women got killed and hurt but they did join on their own volition.

    February 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Francois

    God Bless you and President Bush

    February 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. WhoCares?

    She forget eh?

    Unbelievable.. You mean you didn't want to see how much of America was overjoyed your Husband was no longer acting President?

    February 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. debbie

    The old routine? There isn't any brush to cut in that part of Dallas.

    But seriously folks – the Bushes are gone. No need for all the vitriol. I suspect that both Laura and Poppy Bush probably blushed a lot for W during the last eight years or so, but it's over.

    Just remember where we are today...when George P Bush comes along in 15 years or so. And he will.

    February 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. chuck

    EVERY TIME A REPUBLICAN OPEN THEIR MOUTH NOTHING BUT LIES COME OUT. WHERE IS LAURA BUSH LIVING??????????????

    February 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Joe

    Laura, life has always been great for you not like the 5 million people out of a job here! We really don't care about listening to your nonsense anymore!

    February 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. richie

    These people should go back where they came from. Literally. I am not interested to know what Bush and co. are doing. Not at all. I lost my job because of what Bush the "decider" decided to do,ruin America!

    February 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Francois

    Americans are such a bunch of haters and sore-losers – what were your comments when Slick Willy left office and him and the new Secr of State stole the White House furniture – you were all probably so dismayed. Get a life – deal with it

    February 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Woohoooo!

    Raymond,

    Me thinks that you wouldn't recognize class if it jumped up and bit you in the keister! ....I bet you like to keep your woman in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant...right?

    February 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Ken

    These people should go back to where they came from!

    February 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Philip

    Good for the Bushes. W was a disaster as a president, but I honestly don't think he's a bad man at heart. I wish the two of them well. I mean, what am I going to do, hope he ends up on trial at the Hague? At this point, thankfully, he's harmless.

    February 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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