Laura Bush

First Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009

Laura Lane Welch Bush (born 4 November 1946) is an American educator who was the first lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. Bush previously served as First Lady of Texas from 1995 to 2000. She is married to George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

I'm not wild about the term first lady. I'd just like to be called Laura Bush.

QuotesEdit

 
A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
 
Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library. … An investment in libraries is an investment in our children's future.
  • A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
    • As quoted in "The Gift of Books" in Biography Today : Profiles of People of Interest to Young Readers, Vol. 12, Issue 2 : Laura Bush by Joanne Mattern (2003), p. 17
  • Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library. … An investment in libraries is an investment in our children's future.
    • As quoted in Biography Today : Profiles of People of Interest to Young Readers, Vol. 12, Issue 2 : Laura Bush by Joanne Mattern (2003), p. 34
  • We talk about issues, but I'm not his adviser, I'm his wife... I find that it's really best not to give your spouse a lot of advice. I don't want a lot of advice from him.
    • CBS News (June 24, 2004)
  • In almost every single way, George and I share the same values. And if we differ on some issues, it's very, very minor.
    • CBS News (June 24, 2004)
  • In contrast to my husband, I can pronounce the word nuclear.
    • Dutch-Belgian newspaper Metro (May 2, 2005); quoted in Dutch as: In tegenstelling tot mijn man kan ik het woord "nucleair" wel uitspreken.
  • Education is spreading hope. Millions are now learning to live with HIV/AIDS — instead of waiting to die from it.
    • Remarks at UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (June 2, 2006)
  • All people need to know how AIDS is transmitted, and every country has an obligation to educate its citizens. This is why every country must also improve literacy, especially for women and girls, so that they can make wise choices that will keep them healthy and safe.
    • Remarks at UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (June 2, 2006)
  • Mrs. Bush: I don’t think there is anything wrong with singing it in Spanish. The point is it’s the United States national anthem and what people want is it to be sung in a way that respects the United States and our culture. At the same time, we are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of many, many languages, because immigrants come and bring their languages.
    Larry King: Is that an issue you disagree with your husband? He says it should be sung in English.
    Mrs. Bush: I think it should be sung in English, of course.
    • Interview on CNN's "Larry King Live"
  • I also want to encourage anyone who has been affected by hurricane Ka, uh, Karina...
    • Misremembering the name of the hurricane that had struck New Orleans [1]
  • Ann Curry: You know the American people are suffering watching --
    Mrs. Bush: Believe me, no one suffers more than their president and I do when we watch this, and certainly the commander in chief, who has asked our military to go into harm's way.
    • On seeing television reports of US troops in action in Iraq, in an interview on the Today show (NBC), as reported by left-wing website The Raw Story (25 April 2007)
  • When I was in my 20s, I was a bookworm — spent 12 hours of the day in the library. How I met George, I'll never know.
    • As quoted in Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach : Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results (2009) by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, p. 123
  • The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone.
    • As quoted in Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach : Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results (2009) by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, p. 123
  • Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.
    • As quoted in The 21st Century Elementary Library Media Program (2009) by Carl A. Harvey, p. 3

George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony (2013)Edit

 
In the United States, the presidency is not just about one person. The presidency is about all of the people who join with that president in years of service to our remarkable nation. They are the people who never fly on Air Force One, but who put in countless late nights and earlier mornings, who spend less time with their family and friends and more time hard at work caring for our country. The presidency is about the men and women of our military who serve every president and who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep us safe.
George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony, home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and George W. Bush Institute, University Park, Dallas County, Texas, United States of America (April 25, 2013). Archived from the original on January 30, 2021.
  • A presidential library is not just about one president; each library is about our nation and the world during that time. The George W. Bush Presidential Center reflects George’s role as the first president of the 21st century. Like our new era, the building and its grounds are designed to be forward-looking, and they’re green and sustainable. They celebrate the native environment of our home state of Texas. The archives housed here are completely digital. And the entire Bush Center is designed to present the past and engage the future. We welcome scholars, and students, and the community at large to gather here for generations to come.
  • The Center is designed to be human in scale, because, like the White House, presidential libraries belong to all Americans. The people across our nation were the ones who inspired us every day. Here, we remember the heartbreak and the heroism of September 11th, and the bravery of those who answered the call to defend our country. We remember the volunteers of all ages and all walks of life who came to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. And we remember all the people who step forward to help others -- whether to teach a child to read, or to feed a hungry family.

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