February 27th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
5 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. SFA Grad

    I see the "bitter bunch" is out in full force today. Sad...so sad.

    February 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Angie in Pa

    Does Laura even Understand or Know the Disater and Mess Bush left

    February 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Joyce A. Higgins

    It is a sin what her husband, along with Cheney, have done to this Country. I do not feel sorry for her – not one bit – she has, unlike so many of us, choices. And about her forgetting to listen to President Obama's speech the other night – yeah, right. George probably told her she had best not listen to it. The entire BUNCH, Cheney, Bush, Condi, Rumsfeld – the who Administration under GWB (including their wives as they went along with it), should be brought up on charges – CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. I am thoroughly disgusted.

    February 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. C Spurgeon

    I hopen they both enjoy their new life and fade into obsurity. Wish them well but very sad at the state they have left this country in.Thank gopd their time is over and they can go retire.

    February 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. arithmetic is liberal

    Maybe Dick should have bought him a violin for Christmas so he could fiddle while our economy burned.

    Nice to see that "Let them Eat Cake" Laura is settling in to her new life.

    February 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Laura says she and her husband are back to their old routine which means being very rich and loving it while the rest of the nation that her husband left in a mess is going down in flames.

    February 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Simmy

    "simply forgot" says the former First Lady. I call that "selective forgetfulness." Anyway, God bless you, Mrs. Bush.

    Raymond,

    Truth be told, your type labeling is getting pretty old and lame. It shows true "Class" to be able to meet and greet the people that help to run the government, while also portraying intelligence, style and charisma. That is a very un-elistist move. Being detached from the people because your husband is the President exudes elistism. You've got it a little backwards, my man.
    P.S....It's not unclassy to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    February 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Bill

    The only person who washed their hands of Aghanistan was her husband.

    February 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. July

    Raymond February 27th, 2009 3:13 pm ET

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

    ZERO!

    Because her HUSBAND was the President and she has class.
    _____________________________________________________

    Ray Ray .... baby .... those days are gone!

    WE speak now honey, not just wonder what to fed the hubby.

    February 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. jon

    to richie, bush did not fire you. you lost your job because you did not perform at a high enough level to keep. in other words, you added no value to your employer.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Dan

    Wow. The Bush-haters are really a nasty bunch. Like it or not, he was president and through one of the worst American life taking events since Pearl Harbor.
    Please show some respect. The same kind of respect you are expecting (demanding) from those who didn't vote for Obama to have now.
    Walk the walk and talk the talk or just keep such nastiness to yourselves. The rest of the civilized world could do without your rhetoric and hate.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Hope

    Didn't your Momma's teach you, that if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all! Your negative comments do not help anyone, it only shows your true character. Spread LOVE not HATE! Our world will be a better place to live!

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Did any of you left-wing fanatics stop and think that maybe Laura Bush is quite simply a very classy lady? She defined what we would like to see as a first lady. I hope Michele O can even come close.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. dont drop the soap Georgie

    The leader of the stepford wives club,a pseudo christian group of morons.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Iowa

    For someone who is the "new kid on the block". He has done more in 30 days than ANY other president has done in 4 years. It is unfortunate that we pick apart every word, get defensive. this president can't sneeze without it showing up in the paper. His administration can't sneeze. I don't ever recall the American people critize scruntinize everything he and the staff does. Why weren't we that attententive with Bush? If we had been, we wouldn't be in the mess we are today.

    Just keep watching and praying for him. He is awesome, will he make mistakes, of course- but not the critical ones, he is too smart for that. America clearly doesn't understand this man. He is a gift from God- Support him- HE IS OUR PRESIDENT, and needs support. Why are we trying to tear him down? Come on America- don't be a coward!

    February 27, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Ellie

    Uuuuuuugh..... Laura Bush needs to STOP with the "sappy" BS. We all know she and George Jr. are NOT suffering in the least bit. They don't have a clue about the suffering of the middle class who got "royally screwed" by the Bush Administration.

    Laura Bush needs to STOP playing the "poor me" role. Americans are sick and tired of hearing it from a woman who has never had to "struggle" in her life and a husband who comes from a greedy OIL wealthy family!!!

    Unless Laura is shopping on food stamps or making sandwiches from WIC Government cheese, she needs to SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Arnie

    I can't believe CNN actually posts comments from some of these America haters. You people are so blind to the truth, it's apalling. The elitist liberals of this country are to blame for the mess we are in now, not Bush. And now these liberals are in control of all branches of govt. I still love this country, but I'm scared for our future.

    February 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Johnnieg

    Poor Laura ..........No furniture for her new 2 million dollar home .

    February 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Johnboy

    Laura is a decent human being. The fact that she slept with the enemy should only be held against her if she starts mouthing the sick GOP line. As long as she has the good sense to remain quiet on politics then we should respect her privacy.

    February 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Iowa

    Laura, I think you are the best- a real class act. Unfortunate you married the idiot of the world. What were you thinking?

    February 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Bob from NY

    Got to laugh. We'll be having this same conversation in 4 years when Barack is out of the whitehouse after. Maybe we can use the same comments we used when slick Willie pulled up his pants and left office.

    February 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Cathyflip , Virginia

    Most of you need to get a grip!!! "W" made honorable decisions based on facts he was provided with. Have you forgotten that it was Bill Clinton who lifted the strict banking oversight guidelines in 1999, that has led us to this mess today. And Barney Frank who was a leader & several others in the currect administration who were the backers of giving bank loans to anybody & their brother...Odviously,
    no one in your families have every served their country & defended our freedom....I will pray for you & your misguided thoughts & quips based on a lack of the real facts.....

    Laura is the best and she has a godly man by her side.

    February 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. evilwman

    i have never seen as much hate as i do on the CNN comments.

    just freakin get over it and quit whining about everything. yeah, the country is in a mess, financially and otherwise – but crying and putting ALL the blame on one man is not only hateful, it is mornic!
    so you lost your job....lots of people have lost jobs...people have been losing jobs for decades!!!!!!!!!
    did it ever occur to you that the GREED of many companies and their CEO's could have a part in this mess???????????????????
    ie banking, real estate, wall street.
    if you think ONE man had a hand in ALL of it..........well, there is just no hope left for this country. time to find a cave somewhere.....

    duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    February 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. BC

    Since when does the President have all of the power to do what he wants. The Democratic controlled congress had time to do something about this, if they were so concerned, for years. It is all a power game and those in power manipulate the real facts, to the dismay of the public. It is in the Dems best interest for the country to be in a "mess." Then they are the heroes. If Bush and the Republicans had found the cure for cancer, the Democratic controlled congress would have squelched it until their man took office.

    It is disgusting, but true.

    February 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    George Bush was a great President, Obama is a disaster.

    Looking forward to 2012 when we can kick Obama out of office.

    February 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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