February 26th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Laura Bush to deliver speech in Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/27/art.getty.laura.bush.closeu.jpg caption="Former First Lady Laura Bush will give a paid speech in Michigan in March."](CNN) - Laura Bush will deliver a paid speech to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan in March, one of select few public appearances the former first lady has made since departing the White House last January.

Her March 16 visit to Benton Harbor, Michigan, a town on Lake Michigan, comes roughly a year after her husband addressed the same group and offered a defense of his administration's use of harsh interrogations tactics.

Laura Bush's remarks aren't likely to be as politically-tinged: The group is promoting the speech by highlighting her record on early childhood development and women's issues.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will also address the Economic Club in May. Palin and the Bushes are clients of the Washington Speakers Bureau.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Bob of Lompoc

    What does she know about economics? Didn't she get in an automobile crash, in which she was driving, and a person was killed, before she was married to Bush II, and nothing happened to her? Another example of the little rich girl getting away with manslaughter.

    February 26, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. dale

    She should challenge mi leaders to five a conservative a chance. Mi has been lead by dem's and look at it. Worst in the nation. Oh, look at CA.

    February 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Mark L.

    Wow, former first lady, Laura Bush, still looks good...No major wrinkles...I guess it's true what they say about that product: the 'Oil of Old Age'... OOPS... I meant to say the 'Oil of Olay'...LOL...Too Funny...{:o)

    February 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Another in-depth report from CNN..."Laura Bush will deliver a paid speech” but we failed to report how much she is being paid? Why does a Billionaire’s wife's need to be paid to speak?
    CNN what happen to the basics of reporting who, what ,why and where? Two out of four, hey this story gets a 50% or an "F".

    February 26, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What;s the old hag gonna talk about? How Bush screwed our economy with this illegals wars?

    February 26, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Bill

    To the lonely Libertarian, chances are the money that she is being paid will go to fund the George W. Bush Presidential Library- these are funds that must be raised and come from donations and paid speeches, etc. Much like running for office, no matter how much money you may have in the bank personally, you will always want to raise more to fund your presidential center.

    February 26, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. get real

    What record on early childhood development??????

    February 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. FormerGOP

    I like her, cant stand her husband, but I like her.

    February 26, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. notamused

    ah, nice to see liberals and their tolerant behavior. Of course the moment the headline is something about Miz Obama you all will come in and bash anyone who talks about her the way you all are throwing your hate filled rehtoric

    February 26, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. ww

    I have nothing against Laura Bush (her husband is another story) but the "Economic" club is a joke – there's nothing but ultra republican speakers there...and crazies like Palin who is also speaking there in May!

    February 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Daniel

    You idiots don't know class when you see it. Obama's wife? From Chicago and look at all the factual crimes she has been involved in. Obama is a joke but of course my comments will be classified as racists. Obama is the worst ever and his wife is classless.

    Mrs. Bush, thank you for you and your husband. Thank you for all you did for this country. Here recently, it has been shown how many "special" folks we have in our country, but this is still a conservative country. Thank you again and glad to have you back in Texas.

    February 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. mike

    she looks just like the joker do you think she can get that lipstick any
    redder I guess he can't make any money right now so she has to be the bread winner

    February 26, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    She's looking great after that plastic surgery.

    Wait, isn't she a born-again Christian?

    Isn't vanity a deadly sin?

    Go figure.

    February 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I like you Laura. You're a classy lady and come across as a warm human being. Your coke-sniffing husband, ex-Prez of these United States......not so much.

    February 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    We miss W! We miss a president who believes in the constitution. We miss a classy first lady. America didn't realize what a great president W was!! Now we are stuck with O-fraud and his team of chicago political mobsters.

    February 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. kpAT

    Laura is a class act. She didn't get in to the politics and kept above the fray,.. unlike the cartoon character we have for a First Mama...

    February 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    1. get a job
    2. the only president admitted to doing coke was Obama.

    You are a typical liberal who just wants to sponge off the successful. I'm sick of supporting the lazy and unwilling like you.

    February 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. jeff jackson, alabama

    When you put your party ahead of your brain
    then you have a brain disorder.
    To attack a lady of this level of class is immature
    and a sign of a thorough brain washing. Shame on
    all the people with a ten year old's mentality out there
    who may even vote.

    February 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. AndyBlue

    Isnt she that lady that pushed abstinance in Africa to women that were raped by the thousands?

    The Bush's also put a stipulation on getting American funds to fight Aides in Africa. NO Condoms. Hopw Disgraceful!!!!

    She is truely a born again religious nutcase and she always looks the part with that clown make up she wears.

    All Bush women prove themselves to be... in a word.... Disgusting!

    February 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Steph

    @ Daniel, calling people idiots sure is classy. Why am I not shocked that you're from Texas?!?!

    I don't have an issue with Mrs. Bush, just her husband. I'm not quite sure what she sees in him, but to each her own. If there was one person for that administration I had to listen to speak, it would be Mrs. Bush. The only tolerable one in the bunch.

    February 26, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. AndyBlue

    Laura Bush and Sarah Palin are going to be paid speakers.

    Just another neo-con convention of idiots.

    February 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    Wake Up- we dealt with the incompetence of your great leader W for 8 painful years. It's time for the adults to clean up his mess now, so run along.

    February 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Steph

    I think Wake up needs to wake up. Your stupid stereotypes just prove what a moron you really are. Dominican mama probably makes more money than you do.

    February 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Ron in California

    You left wingers are sad people. You may not have liked her husband's policies, but she was a dignified First Lady who did a lot for children's and womens causes not only in the US but around the world.

    February 26, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Pat F

    She is welcome in our State. The hideous, sexist comments on this blog are completely par for the course for Democrats.

    February 26, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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