Laura Welch Bush

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

Laura Welch Bush (born 4 November 1946) first lady of the United States, wife of President George W. Bush.

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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.
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.
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.
  • 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

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