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. David Starnes

    what an idiot

    February 27, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Gracie

    Once again you have a RICH WHITE woman trying to sound like she's living below the poverty line. Laura needs to get over herself with this stupid story. People are struggling all over the country and she's worried about not have "high end" furniture to "ENTERTAIN" her friends. Who the hell can afford to entertain a bunch of friends these days?

    February 27, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. YLiveInThePast

    The Democratic Party's rule in Washington will not be long because you folks can not get out of the "Bush" era and focus on the future...

    It is so sad.

    February 27, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Everyman

    They should have stolen furniture from the White House like the Clintons did!

    February 27, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Pat

    I just love to see you Bush haters squirm and reveal to everyone what kind of people you really are. I love it when you get so angry about Sean and Rush!!! LOL! Hey, we have to listen to you, why not listen to us? White House is so scared he will bring back the fairness doctrine to try and shut us up, no more free speech for decent folks. We are on the brink of socialist, no rights.

    February 27, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Larry

    VARY COOL --I 'm jealous !!

    February 27, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. another george

    It sounds like they planned for their life in Texas about like Bush planned for the Iraq war–as in "not at all". Sorry about the furniture, but there are a lot of people with more serious things on their minds than dining room tables.

    February 27, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. indiana voter

    Bush is smarter than all you posters on here combined. You're just bitter because you couldn't impeach him. You know why? Because he did nothing illegal!

    February 27, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. MHoff

    So the former first couple are back to their old routine, huh? Well, the good people of Dallas better use extra caution on the streets, because you never know when a drunken Laura might come barrelling through a stop sign. Also, if George is back to his old routine, shouldn't he be running a company into the ground right about now? Good riddance, Bushies – thanks for a wasted eight years.

    February 27, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. seabee

    what has ms.bush done with/about the books and reading material that she was going to work with the afgan women? Has she forgotten them in lieu of furniture? CB

    February 27, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. c doty

    Wow! With the poor spelling and grammar in these posts, I'd question the appropriateness of many of you expressing more than shallow, oversimplified retorts about a man and woman who held/hold no malice towards you.

    Few people want to be president because it is an overwhelming task, however, many are willing to play Monday morning quarterback in attacking this president. Yes, he made many mistakes in 8 years, but this new guy is on a pace to make George look like a genius!

    You can't discourage business owners from making money by taxing them more heavily, AND expect them to grow their business..i.e., create jobs. Never has greater taxation on businesses led to PRIVATIZED job creation and expansion.

    So, lay off the Bushes and focus on your Robin Hood, and remember to ask yourself, "Is this 'the change we (truly voted for) NEED.'"

    February 27, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. reggie

    She's exactly what a first lady should be like. She is greatly missed, but glad they are both doing well. I wish the former President and First Lady all the best.

    February 27, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. JOE

    Why don't the cheapo buy some furniture with the billions he stole from this country...

    I suppose what they stole from the White House is in Crawford...

    You can bet his liquor cabinet is full...

    CHEAP SOB...

    February 27, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. She's not that bright because she married an arrogant idiot

    First off, Laura Bush used to be a Democrat and became a republican AFTER she met "W". Just because she kept a smile on her face didn't hide the fact that she obviously was merely biting her tongue to keep from venting all that pent up anger against the absolute stupidest president ever, He wasn't just a very stupid president, he was a stupid human being. How can anybody see any good in the GOP who believe that Americans should only watch out for their own interests and leave the rest in the dust? Is that what Jesus taught? No. Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself. Bush, who claims to be God's man on earth, practiced the religion of feed the wealthy and don't pay any attention to those in real need. Laura, please take the time to re-educate your pathetic insignificant other. With a little luck, maybe you can convert him to a Christian Democrat.

    February 27, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |

    President and Mrs, Bush, I was always told when people are talking about you they are leaving someone else alone. Thanks, for all you did for us as Americans and humans. Thanks, for freedom and generational blessings. May your days be filled with blessings and always remember ,the less said, is the best said. The media and the people will always have something to say, good or bad, it is the NEWS, any American knows this. It was not the BUSH term in office that caused this, it is the society, in which the American people, have chose to live in. I am a 62 year old single woman, who owns her own Kitchen and Bath Showroom, I started in August 2009, against all odds, but if you continue to live and provide for yourself, and do it with integrity and hard WORK and determination, a American can make it, with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ. He ,is in control anyway, he just allows us, to Be Still and know he is God. We have to listen. May you find peace ,with each new day. You did your Best and Laura stood with you, never forget this. Blessings to you and your family,Linda

    February 27, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Pat

    I feel so sorry for most of you here! I'm sure they can afford a table. You need to lighten up! You need to worry more about michelle's prom dresses and how she keeps her arms toned (hellooo! who cares!).

    February 27, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Pal

    You should not be featuring stories about trailer trash. The Bush family has stolen sufficient money to buy furniture. Laura is a really bad liar, like her husband.

    February 27, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. JOE

    BUSH's, IQ is the same as his shoe size.....

    And this phony bi...tch worries about borrowing chairs from the Secret Service..

    Call DADDY BUSH he has lots of folding chairs he can lend..from his KKK days..

    They both belong in prison for war crimes..

    February 27, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Sean

    Folks, Please! we can disagree all we want from Bush's politics but give guy and his wife a break.

    February 27, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. No Hillary = No Obama

    Over 4 thousand soldiers can't get back to their old routine because they are dead thanks to this woman's husband. They don't deserve to be back to their old routine. The should spend the rest of their lives tending to the grave sites of all those killed in Bush's War. This Bush family has nothing but nerve.

    February 27, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. JOE

    I wonder if she needs some new knee pads too....It must be tough kneeling on the hardwood floors giving NUMBNUTS HEAD..

    February 27, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Ann

    You bloggers are the freakin' idiots! Your beloved CNN PUT THE STORY OUT THERE! FOR YOU TO READ! You all sound like you hate life..how sad.

    February 27, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Adam Whitely

    Thank GOD the Bush crowd is gone. Let's hope their REING of duplicity and ignorance is over.
    West Los Angeles

    February 27, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Donna From Minnesota

    Mrs Bush
    You have such a great life,that you don't know how real people live.I have been without a job since last June,for reasons some of our work went overseas,which the last President did not try to put a stop to.HERE in a small town of Minn.The Steel Plants are laying off up to 500 people,what a disaster,just enjoy your parties and your new home.

    February 27, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. Amy

    I'm so happy that "life is great" for the Bushes....but what about for the rest of the American people? Our economy is tanking, families are suffering, soldiers continue to die in W's war, and the Bushes are still living high off the hog. Doesn't seem quite fair, does it?

    February 27, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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