February 27th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
4 years 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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  1. Lynn

    @Teddy K

    Mrs. Obama is not authorized to practice law in Illinois due to being "voluntarily" inactive. She's not perpetrating being an attorney. You are taking a fact that is "sorta" true and distorting it to be more "scandalous" than it really is. I bet even the Obamas didn't know that they were this "dramatic".

    February 27, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Sen

    Bushes had the spotlight for 8 years, please point the light elsewhere, so many other much better things to report on, like the rising price of yak butter in Tibet.

    February 27, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Wanda Turner

    I thin that Laura Bush is the best definition of a lady we have and certainly the most gracious, kindest and smartest First Lady. She knows how to stand by her man and show the world she loves. We could all learn from her style, manners, strength, responsiblity, and I could go on and on!

    February 27, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Under_the_Rug_Cleaner

    Laura, I got $50 on 25 onths on the under/over on how long it takes for you to leave "W". Should I double down, or what?

    February 27, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Obama 2.0

    After watching Bushey boy, she had a butt full!

    February 27, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Eileen

    Who cares. Thank God the bushs are no longer in the white house. Bush did his damage – his comments and that of his wife are irrelevant.

    February 27, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Polly

    I do recall noticing that Obama changes his mind a lot. I don't know how he could have slept through one of Rev. Wright's sermons, with all the praising and yelling going on, but he must have, since he didn't remember what he preached about over the past 20 years.

    February 27, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Donna

    Sounds like a great many of the people who have written something on this blog have no idea or understanding of politics. You show your ignorance with every nasty word you write. If this is an example of a Democrat then I guess I don't want to be one. Take up reading and learn something about what is really going on in your country. It might surprise you. In the mean time why speak if all you have to say is crap.

    February 27, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. asdfaf

    Laura bush is a model for traditional housewife. Not everybody is interested in power or giving speeches! She is just behind his husband. there is nothing wrong with her~! it's very common life.

    February 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. hongli

    George Bush is a bigger terrorist than Bin laden. Thousand he killed and injured in a wasteful war in Iraq and thousands he killed during Katrina. George Bush should notify the feds whenever he's leaving Texas .In other words he should be treated like a rapist.

    February 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. bob

    oh pleeaszzeeee...........................

    My Mom always said if you do not have anything nice to say, then don't.

    So I won't...............

    February 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Jay

    Bush is reading books, thats great. It always makes me happy to see adults learning to read.

    February 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. phyllis

    I think president obama spent more money the day he signed the biggest spending bill in us history than GW spent in the 8 yrs he was president...and by the way GW was a war president...and wars dont come for free..as for mrs obama making fashion statements with her choice of dress..would someone pleaseeeee...tell her that strapless cocktail dresses are for evening wear..just trying to figure who taught the obama's how to dress ..in looking anyday for th president to come out in baggy pants and a jersey...might go good with the cocktail dresses.GOD HAVE MERCY AND BLESS AMERICA.

    February 27, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. chuck

    Back to their old routine!!!!!!!!!! Does that mean George is back to his drugs and laura is supplying the oral sex??????

    February 27, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Bud Burgoon-Clark



    Good LORD, people! You're talking about the FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES!

    Her HUSBAND is the duly elected President of the United States. Get over your conspiracy theories.

    Conservatism was REPUDIATED by a margin of something like NINE MILLION in the popular vote.

    February 27, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Halbert

    Laura Bush was driving drunk when she killed a woman.

    February 27, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. JLB

    Its hilarious that everyone bashes former President Bush and they blame him for everything that has happened to this country. Yeah because Katrina was his fault, 9-11 was his fault, this was his fault, that was his fault. Hey but remember that former President Clinton could have taken Bin Laden out, but he didn't. Yeah, so had former President Clinton actually done his job then 9-11 may not have even happened then we would have never had to got to Iraq or Aghanistan. Oh and by the way, I am a Soldier.

    February 27, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. xargaw

    Maybe she did forget. They haven't let George watch the news for eights years, so she probably lived in the dumb bubble as well. Old habits die hard.

    February 27, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. mford

    Does anybody else think it is just a big coincidence that this and the last resession both came during the end of Bush presidencies? Yet people will still tell you it's the dems fault. People have no common sense.

    February 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Wardell katrina survivor

    It's nice to see that the evil ones or still around,GW just can out and admitted he fell off the wagon, and the first Lady never admitted killing that boy, all those years ago, some of you need to watch the history channel, yes thats right she committed vehicular murder, and it was swept under the carpet, because she didn't want to talk about it,as for the idiot thats calling everybody else idiots, you need help, the Bushs nor the cheneys gave a dawn about the american people, only their own GREEDY, butts. America has had enough of those kinds of people. Smart,GW, smart, this president was head of the "HARVARD LAW REVIEW", GW couldn;t restack the books in the law review.This president has to,try to undo the worse blunder in our history,now it's a big deal, because he goes to dinner with someone,what should have been asked wasWHO did George and Dick, go to dinner with, THAT" where we will find the MONEY, that has been stolen from us,some of you are really some sick people, seek help. May GOD,help US.

    February 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Truth

    Sorry, Bill 7:36 pm, but Bush's IQ is among the lowest of the presidents. Therefore, I'm sure that he is NOT "far more intelligent than any...." (of us).

    I, for one, am a very tolerant person. I just have no tolerance for a man, elected (and this is questionnable) to the highest office in the nation, who (along with the rest of his administration) has done such an incredible amount of harm to the american people and the rest of the world.

    Have a good evening

    February 27, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Paul

    areithetic is liberal:

    No....they don't explode....only a few of the pellets hit the quail. The pellets fan out as they travel. You don't shoot them at close range.

    February 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Pat

    At least they didn't steal a table and other furniture from the White House like the Clinton's did! I'm sure they can afford a table. Can't any of you folks lighten up? You all get so out of joint that Rush and Sean are just driving you crazy! LOL! I love it! If Sean ever runs for President, I'm voting for him! He's one of the smartest men around. We need more people that will stand up to the bunch of libs in Washington. Better wake up.

    February 27, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Jamie

    I love the Bushes and wish them all the best. Everyone who's still hating them should get over themselves and move on. What's done is done. Time to start thinking about how to fix the mistakes being made now.

    February 27, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. cowpie

    Laura Bush is nothing but a fraud and a drunk. She killed a man by running a stop sign and never paid the price, then her husband killed millions and never paid the price. Nothing but a couple of drunken losers... no wonder they don't have a kitchen table.

    February 27, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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