(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."
How many speeches did Laura Bush make to the EPA and FLOTUS??
Because her HUSBAND was the President and she has class.
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.
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!
Is Laura aware of the mess her husband left behind???
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.
Bake cookies, Laura. Just zip it and bake cookies.
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.
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.
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.
Ditto Dave, OB from Texas, and B.H.
Glad to hear 'life is great' for you two twits after you destroyed to many other lives. Great news.
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.
She forgot or didn't want to see someone with a brain compared to her inept husband.
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!
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.
God Bless you and President Bush
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?
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.
EVERY TIME A REPUBLICAN OPEN THEIR MOUTH NOTHING BUT LIES COME OUT. WHERE IS LAURA BUSH LIVING??????????????
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!
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!
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
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?
These people should go back to where they came from!
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.