Laura Bush

Laura Bush


11/4/1946, Midland, Texas

Birth Name

Laura Lane Welch



Also Known As

Laura Lane Bush, Laura Welch, Laura Lane Welch-Bush
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Laura Bush was the only child to Harold Bruce Welch and Jenna Louise Hawkins. She attended the same Junior High School as her future husband (who she didn't know then) and went on to attend Robert E. Lee High School. During high school she lost one of her…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Laura and her husband, President George W. Bush, went to the same high school but did not know each other until long after graduation.

    • Laura Bush's parents were: Harold Bruce Welch and Jenna Louise Hawkins.

    • Laura Bush used to be a librarian, and still speaks very highly of the profession.

    • She grew up in Midland and attended San Jacinto Junior High School with her future husband (whom she did not know at the time).

    • Both Barbara Bush and Laura Bush chose literacy for their focal work as First Ladies.

    • Laura Bush's favorite singer is Van Morrison.

    • In 2002, Mrs. Bush was named "Most Fascinating Person of the Year" in the annual Barbara Walters' special.

    • Laura Bush taught in the public school systems in Texas from 1968 to 1977.

    • Laura Bush earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education at Southern Methodist University. She earned her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

    • In 1998, husband George Bush donated $250,000 to set up the Laura Bush Promenade in front of the library at his wife's alma mater, Southern Methodist University.

    • Laura Bush celebrated both her 40th and 50th birthdays by taking rafting trips with her closest childhood friends.

    • Speaking about the plight of women and young girls in Afghanistan, Laura Bush made history as the only first lady to deliver an entire Saturday morning presidential radio address.

    • Laura Bush is a supporter of the Red Dress Project, which is a campaign to raise awareness of heart disease among women.

    • In 2001, Laura Bush launched the National Book Festival in Washington D.C..

    • Laura Bush is an Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Decade of Literacy. In this role, she helps raise awareness and support for bringing literacy to people of all ages, all around the world.

    • As First Lady, Laura Bush developed the White House Salute To American Authors, a continuing program of literary events held to honor America's most noteworthy authors.

    • When she was First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush began the Texas Book Festival, a state-wide program held each fall in Austin, Texas.

    • Laura Bush supports the Reach Out And Read Program, which is a non-profit organization, started in 1989 by a group of pediatricians from the Boston Medical Center. The program encourages parents to read to their infants and children to promote literacy and a love of reading.

    • Laura Bush: I have to get my girls to turn the computer on if I want to use it.

    • Laura Bush attended the Toys for Tots distribution in Metairie, Louisiana on December 12, 2005. She helped distribute toys to children affected by the hurricanes in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

    • She has two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, and a cat, Willie.

    • She was listed the second most powerful woman in the United States and the fourth most powerful in the world by Forbes magazine in 2004.

    • She has been called a "secret weapon" by her husband because she is more popular than her husband is.

    • She has been a chain smoker but she claims that she quit in the 90's.

    • Laura is the 2nd First Lady to hold a post-graduate degree.

    • In November of 2001, she was the first person, besides the president, to speak the weekly presidential radio address.

    • She has appeared on the Egyptian version of Sesame Street. She endorsed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's upcoming election plans about women and their rights.

    • Her secret service code name was said to be "Tempo".

    • Her family was conservative Democrats, just as almost everyone in Texas is.

    • She taught at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Houston.

    • Laura Bush: George and I are complete opposites - I'm quiet, he's talkative, I'm introverted, he's extroverted, I can pronounce nuclear -.

    • She became the first lady of Texas when her husband was elected as the Governor of Texas.

    • Laura Bush is married to the former President of the United States, George W. Bush.

    • Laura Bush was the First lady of the United States (2001-2009).

    • Laura Bush has two twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, they were named after their grandmothers.

  • Quotes

    • Mrs. Bush: We'll be watching the Super Bowl, but we won't be eating chili.

    • Mrs. Bush: No one likes to be criticized.

    • Mrs. Bush: I like politics. I like traveling in the United States. Politics is a people business. I like people. I love to hear the stories of different Americans, which I have the opportunity to do if I travel.

    • Mrs. Bush: Well, we wake up early. We always get up about 5:30, and George gets up and goes in and gets the coffee and brings it to me, and that's been our ritual since we got married. And we read the newspapers in bed and drink coffee for about an hour probably, read our briefing papers.

    • Mrs. Bush: We don't have debates. I don't really feel like I have to have a debate with my husband over issues. But we talk about issues, we talk about people, we talk about personalities. George is a very good reader of people, and he's very perceptive about people, and you know, that's fine.

    • Mrs. Bush: I will say...that the country was very united after September 11th. And I think we've stayed united in those ways, united in our pride of our country, and united in patriotism, I really do think so. I think what September 11th taught us, the lessons of September 11th were
      how fortunate we are and how many freedoms we have, and we can't take them for granted.

    • Mrs. Bush: 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.

    • Mrs. Bush: 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.

    • Mrs. Bush: 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.

    • Mrs. Bush: I don't need people to watch what I say because I'm pretty well behaved.

    • Mrs. Bush: Any first lady can do whatever they want to do. In this country, people expect them to work on whatever they want or to have a career of their own.

    • Mrs. Bush: We can overcome evil with greater good.

    • Mrs. Bush: Though my plans at the moment are vague, I can assure you that I'll never run for the Senate in New York.

  • One of the best women in the world!

    I love Laura Bush! In every way she can inspire people, give them advice and still look pretty! She has gone through countless times with her husband, George, and I think we should give her and thumbs up for all she has had to go through. It seems pretty hard to be the First Lady. I admire her for helping children of all races to have a better educations and even a better life. She is my number one model (behind George) and I continue to support her.moreless