10 Interesting Things To Know About Laura Bush

President George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was president from 2001-2009. Laura Welch Bush is his wife and former First Lady. Former First Lady Laura Bush has been called a “surprising oracle” by Washington Post columnist David Broder for her outspoken views on traditional American family values, education, poverty, and healthcare reform. Here are some interesting facts about Laura Bush that you might not know about.

Laura Bush’s Childhood

Laura Bush
Laura Bush

Laura Welch was born in Midland, Texas in 1946. Her father was an oil company executive and her mother was a schoolteacher. Laura Bush attended public schools in Midland, studied at Andover, and graduated from Smith College in 1967 with an A.B. degree. She met George W. Bush at her senior prom during her junior year of college and they were married on November 5, 1967.

In 2009 Laura Bush published a memoir called Spoken from the Heart which is about how she raised George W. Bush as their first son together and raised children as a single mom after George W. Bush left for Yale University to attend law school.

Laura Bush’s Education

Laura Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University. She met her future husband while studying and teaching at the same school in Texas.

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Laura Bush was a teacher before marrying George W. Bush, and she still occasionally teaches today. Before meeting her husband, Laura was a librarian for 10 years.

Laura Bush’s Marriage

When Laura Bush married George W. Bush in 1975, she was only 16 years old. Her parents did not support their daughter’s choice of a husband and urged her to reconsider because they thought he was too young for her.

Laura Bush also has two children with her husband George W. Bush, who is the 43rd President of the United States: Jenna Welch Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush.

Laura Bush’s Career

Laura Bush is a former librarian who graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in library science. After graduating college, she served as the director of the Houston Public Library. In 1980, Governor Bill Clements hired her to serve as his liaison to the U.S. Congress and European Parliament during his time as Ambassador to NATO under President Reagan. Next, Laura Bush worked as a staff assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources before moving on to work for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) beginning in 1987, where she served as a chief operating officer and president of the board of directors until 1990. 

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In 1990, she married George W. Bush, then a rising star in Texas politics who had been elected governor in 1994. They were later married in Austin Texas at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on November 5th, 1945. After her husband was elected president, Laura became First Lady of the United States in 2001 and continued to work alongside him in his administration after he took office on January 20th, 2001. Laura Bush has three children: Jenna Bush Hager; Barbara Pierce Bush; and Dorothy Ellis “Doro” Bush Koch.

Laura Bush’s Influence on American Art and Culture

Laura Bush has been called a “surprising oracle” by Washington Post columnist David Broder for her outspoken views on traditional American family values, education, poverty, and healthcare reform. She is a very influential woman in the world of American art and culture.

Laura Bush was the first First Lady to be involved with the National Gallery of Art. Bush took an interest in supporting this cultural institution and played a part in its reconstruction during her husband’s presidency. She also became an advocate for early childhood development through her work with Head Start programs for poor children.

Laura Bush was also one of the first Americans to be engaged to marry a foreign dignitary when she married George W. Bush in 1977 after meeting him at a party thrown by mutual friends. Laura Bush’s engagement party was attended by many members of high society including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Barbara Walters.

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After marrying George W. Bush, Laura Welch married into one of America’s most prominent political dynasties when she moved into the White House with his parents George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush where they all lived together as one big happy family.

Conclusion

Laura Bush has been an influential First Lady of the United States since George W. Bush became the 43rd President in 2001. She was born one of four daughters to George Herbert Walker Bush, the nation’s 41st President, and Barbara Bush.

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