February 27th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
7 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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  1. 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 |
  2. JimB

    I wish they had worked harder to destroy more of you losers. I say, 8 weeks on unemployment, put a gun in your hand, and ship you off to Iraq. If you get killed, it's one less hungry mouth to feed.

    February 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. New Yorker

    It is true that President Bush made some mistakes. However, it is not fair to blame him for all that has gone wrong in this country. His leadership was admirable during the post Sept 11 days. W is a good person and had to work under extremely difficult circumstances. Criticism of Laura Bush is very unfair. She is an honorable person and conducted herself with dignity. Her dresses were worthy of a first lady. I do have great admiration for Michelle Obama, but she can do better things than inviting a few chefs to the white house. Where did all the zeal and fervor go? I am sure that our first lady can get involved in a few worthy causes such as the HIV in Africa, improving the right rights of women around the globe etc. Please dress appropriately at least! Americans deserve better than a show of armpits.

    February 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Charles Atlanta

    Well.. hope he slept well, reminding him many innocent Iraqi dead bodies and dead American soldiers because of his rush decision and poor planning going to war. And where is Osama bin Laden? Besides, under his administration, our national debt doubled to 11 trillions.

    February 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    @ Raymond

    Hey genius. FLOTUS stands for First Lady of the US. You can't make a speach TO FLOTUS if you are FLOTUS. More to the point, Laura had her causes, made speaches about them, talked to appropriate agencies about them, etc., and we generally respected her for it....so you can stuff your obvious fear of a powerful black woman.

    February 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

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

    Looking forward to 2012 to kick Obama out of office

    February 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. beckyinOhio

    I am a liberal and see NO point in bashing former first lady Laura Bush. She loves her husband whether we do or not.
    Good luck, Laura, you were a gracious First Lady just as Michelle Obama is now.

    February 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Ellie

    Laura, please don't insult our intelligence.

    YOU and George Jr. have no clue on what "struggling" truly means after your husband royally screwed the American middle class for 8+ years. The American families are paying a HIGH price for your husband's incompetence.

    So what if you don't have furniture? Millions don't have JOBS or HOMES or can't afford to FEED their families.

    Are we suppose to feel sorry because you couldn't buy HIGH END designer furniture? Does the American people look stupid to you?

    We have MORE IMPORTANT things to worry about than your lack of furniture.

    February 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Brian Ward

    “Life is great.” Three words which encapsulate everything that was wrong with the Bush administration. While Bush and Laura are off living in their own little fantasy world back in Texas, the rest of us are still dealing with all the problems that they created for us. Here's the disconnect: times are tough out here in reality, but they say that life is great as if there's no problem at all.

    February 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Marc

    You know it's funny, Laura Bush might have been the only bright spot in the entire administration and some of you venom spewing idiots are bashing her.

    People never cease to amaze me.

    February 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. CNN moderation purgatory...

    You people disgust me.
    Leave Laura alone.
    Her husband may have been a tard, but she hasn't done anything to any of you.

    And those that are putting the blame for EVERYTHING over the past 8 years on Bush... get a clue.
    He was President, not King.
    Congress and the American people deserve their fair share of blame as well.

    Grow the hell up.

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. beckyinOhio

    OK, CNN, I will try this one more time......

    I am a liberal and see NO point in bashing former first lady Laura Bush. She loves her husband whether we do or not.
    Good luck, Laura, you were a gracious First Lady just as Michelle Obama is now.

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. D

    So why don't all of you Bush haters tell us what YOUR president has done so far? NOTHING!!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. jim

    It's amazing how many of these people do not like the Bushes, but seem to have taken time to read the story. Why is that? And to you ignorant masses, the mess we find ourselves in today, is because so many of the American people overspent their incomes and lived beyond their means for decades! Bush did not cause that. You made your own beds, so to speak.

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Larry

    It bothers me to hear so much bitterness about our former President. He is human and nobody is perfect. I am just glad we had a President with some morals and stood for what he believed. Let the man retire in peace because he sure hasn't had an easy 8 years!

    February 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. I can see Canada from my house!

    To Jon:

    President Bush was in charge for 8 years. If he is not ultimately responsible for the economy and the well-being of the nation, who was? Congress is charged with oversight, where was Bill Frist and the rest of the Republican Caucus?

    Do any of you Repubs remember the phrase, " The Buck Stops Here"?

    February 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Leigh

    Regardless of how you view the politics, the Former President George W. and First Lady Laura are classy, gracious people. Much more so than anyone can say of most of you on this blog.

    February 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. JimB

    Iowa

    Sarcasm noted.

    February 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. cindylu

    I love the part where she says "life is great".

    February 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Beverly, NYC

    Poor lady can't be easy stuck with that dolt for the rest of your life.
    Maybe some Rich Republican will "donate" furniture. You have 4 more years to catch President Obama's speeches. I understand, it's still too fresh, you probably would have looked at the C student to your right and found him lacking.

    February 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Jason

    Hi Laura! It's nice to hear that life is treating you and Georgey well, and thank god you are not hurting from this disintegrating economy that your husband helped to create. Buying new furniture, having parties, that sound so sweet. I'm glad you are thinking of us poor underprivileged people who have to work for the rest of our lives while you sit there with that stupid grin on your face having tea.

    February 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Nathan Prophet, Raleigh, NC

    To "Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA", Greg what reality are you living in? Obviously the same unreality as the war criminal, George W. Bush. Laura Bush sounds so syrupy and "just plain folks", doesn't she. Maybe some of the Wall Street Fat Cats or War Machine industry czars they made richer will give them a kitchen table, poor thang. Greg, you are hallucinating!!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Jo

    Like who cares about Laura Bush. They live in a gated all white community and live off the taxpayers.

    February 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Sheryl

    you are all so quick to judge. They deserve the life they have now. They had to put up with all you arrogant Americans. Maybe one day you'll suffer torture like the Iraqis did and no one will be there for you. It sure sucks when presidents have to make these hard decisions. Sounds like most of you want the good life but aren't willing to pay for it. And remember President Clinton was the one who failed to get Bin Laden in the first place. Get your facts straight!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    Greg Smith, Clifton Heights : Thanks for the laugh, it's going to be a long 4 yrs (possibly 8) for you isn't it buddy?

    February 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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