(CNN) - Laura Bush writes about especially private moments from her life in her new book, “Spoken from the Heart.” In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the former first lady recalls many memories with candor.
One of the more harrowing episodes Mrs. Bush remembers is what happened on 9/11 – and whether or not she was afraid for herself or her family, including President Bush.
“Well, I think every first lady probably worries a little bit about her husband,” Mrs. Bush said. “I think that's just part of it. But not really. I'm not really a fearful person and neither is George. And, of course, we knew we were protected by the Secret Service.”
“Seldom was I really afraid for - for either him or for myself,” she added.
Regarding the first couple’s safety on the day terrorists attacked the nation, Mrs. Bush described to Blitzer, in detail, the White House bunker the couple stayed in for awhile – something she also writes about in her book.
“Well, it really is sort of like a bunker,” she said. “It's deep below the White House in a basement. I think it was maybe added - I don't know - during Truman or Roosevelt, during war. And it looks like it was added during Truman or Roosevelt. The furniture looks that old that's in it.
“There's a hide-a-bed there that the very first night, September 11, that night, the Secret Service told George and me that they wanted us to stay there, to spend the night there. And George just said, ‘No.’ You know, he said, ‘I've got to be in my own bed. I've got to get some sleep.’ Because he knew that everything had changed for him and for his presidency and for our whole country.”
In the interview that aired on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the former first lady reveals other personal stories from her time in the White House.
Mrs. Bush talked about how the couple’s daughters – Barbara and Jenna – handled criticism of the president. “Well, I think they just lived with it. And they knew about it because they were born the year their grandfather was elected vice president,” she said.
Mrs. Bush said, she believes, the media often viewed her incorrectly.
“I also think that, because George was a conservative, a Republican president, that people assumed that I was, you know, a cookie-baking, stay-at-home mother,” she said. “And - and I think that's sort of the box that we put our first ladies in every time.” Mrs. Bush said first ladies are often “a lot more interesting and complex … than just a flat description of them.”
And in an especially private exchange during the interview, also recalled in the book, Mrs. Bush talked about how difficult it was to get pregnant.
“We wanted to have children the first year we were married. We were 31 when we got married, and we both really wanted children - and a lot of children. And then I had trouble getting pregnant. So George and I had actually already gone to an adoption agency, and we had already filled out the paperwork and were ready for the home visit when I got pregnant,” Mrs. Bush said.
“We had checked that we wanted twins if twins came. So we were very, very grateful and felt so fortunate that we got twins.”
On social issues, Mrs. Bush reiterated her personal support for gay marriage and abortion rights, though she called them “very difficult” issues. On abortion rights, Mrs. Bush said she is “very empathetic to a pro-life stance.”
“I also think it's important for it to remain legal, for medical reasons and - and for other reasons beyond that,” she added.
In terms of life after the White House, Mrs. Bush called it “terrific.” She talked about being surrounded by friends in Dallas and working on George W. Bush’s presidential library, to be housed at Southern Methodist University.
Will the woman who’s spent so much time in the spotlight ever run for public office?
“I'm not going to run,” she said.
“I mean I just would have never run for political office. It's just, you know, not my thing. But - but I am really happy that I had the chance to be involved in - in our political life and the political life of our country.”