October 26th, 2010
09:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Former first lady Laura Bush to President Bush: 'pick up your socks'

Los Angeles (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush had her audience LOL (laughing out loud) at a women's conference in Long Beach, California Tuesday. Nearly 14,000 women attended the gathering hosted by California's first lady Maria Shriver. Mrs. Bush addressed the overwhelmingly female crowd, taking a bobble head doll of herself to the podium.

"As for me, it's come to this," Mrs. Bush said of her life after eight years in the White House, placing the doll on the glass plate. "This is the Laura Bush bobble head doll. I got this from a friend of mine who found it in the gift shop in the constitutional center a few weeks after the election. It was on the clearance shelf. He said he couldn't resist sending it to me, I told him he could have tried a little harder. But I'm kinda glad to have it."

She joked about the surreal nature of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"When you live in the White House and are a bobble head inside a bubble, reality can get a little warped," Mrs. Bush smiled and said coyly. "Sometimes you have to work hard just to recognize yourself."

Then the former first lady mused about how she and her husband, President George W. Bush, are adjusting to their post-presidential life.

"I'd like to report now that we left the White House and moved into our home in Dallas. Our lives are back to normal. But I think I may have forgotten what normal is," Mrs. Bush said.

She joked about the new normal, where her husband doesn't get as many breaks.

"When you're married to the President of the United States, you don't worry too much about him leaving his wet towels on the floor," Mrs. Bush said. "But in Dallas, things are different. Memo to the ex president, turmoil in East Timor is no longer an excuse not to pick up your socks."

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  1. Dragonfire

    What a classy lady, and she is proud of her country.

    October 26, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. IenneLe

    Mrs. Laura Bush is a classy, elegant lady. I miss having her as our First Lady.

    October 26, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. jtom58

    A first class lady and a darn good First Lady. Mrs. Bush, thank you for your service and steadfastness. You are appreciated and I can't tell you how proud I am of you.

    October 26, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Laura Bush is a class act and authentic. She never felt the need to tell the American people that she was "giving" them her husband and they had to watch his back. She doesn't wear the pants in the marriage and never felt the need to put her husband down in public.

    October 26, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. Lola

    I love Laura Bush! She has grace, class and a sense of humor! And I like Michelle Obama, too 🙂 They're both great in their own ways.

    October 26, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. bill stapp

    Thank you for your efforts to remain connected to we the people.

    October 26, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Three Dog Mama

    She was the one good thing about the Bush administration.

    October 26, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. Lisa

    I didn't like her husband as president, but I like her alot and actually I like George as a person. I wish them both the very best in whatever they do.

    October 26, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Wayne Hunsucker

    I usually vote Democrat, but Laura Bush is a classy lady and very funny!

    October 26, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Erica

    So graceful. I miss Laura Bush.

    October 26, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. Class Act

    This former First Lady is a CLASS ACT through and through!!!!

    October 26, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    I like Laura Bush – as a matter of fact – I like all of the First Ladies and sympathize with them because they are in the background and have to deal with every BASH – whether it is true or not – coming from the outside. And it's heartbreaking because they have to console their husbands and remain SILENT!!!! I feel for them!!!

    Michelle – hang in there – you are tough and you can take it but I know you are 'WAITING TO EXHALE!!! Laura you are fine and will be fine because you are now on the outside and can BREATHE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I admire the First Ladies!!!

    October 26, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Christine

    Very classic lady!

    October 26, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  14. ray gibbs

    Good sport. Appealing & she does excellent work for women of Afghanistan.

    October 26, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. VegasRage

    Clearly she is the better half of the marriage.

    October 26, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  16. u2canfail

    This woman has a sense of humor. And she has grace.

    October 26, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. brown

    Laura is one truly classy woman.

    October 27, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Ken in NC

    I'm a Democrat that happens to think Ms. Laura Bush is cool. She was a great First Lady.

    October 27, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Deborah

    Rock on Laura. . . you are the best and always will be the ideal First Lady!

    October 27, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  20. CuadRose

    She is such a bigger person than George W. I am sure that every day, he wonders why she ever chose him!

    October 27, 2010 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  21. Howard in Alexandria, VA

    Republican or Democrat, I often think the First Ladies are the best part of the deal we get when we elect their husbands. In fact, I sometimes think they would be the better Presidents.

    October 27, 2010 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    Mrs. Bush was an admirable first lady. She made the adjustment to White House pressure without ever losing her poise, and she never made negative remarks about our nation.

    October 27, 2010 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  23. Mike

    "turmoil in East Timor is no longer an excuse not to pick up your socks" Sweet.

    October 27, 2010 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  24. charlie

    She is truely a beautiful and professional lady. She represented our Country well. Thank you Ms. Bush.

    October 27, 2010 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  25. NJ Ghost

    Amazing how a gracious lady with an abundance of class just gets better and better.

    October 27, 2010 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
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