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Laura Bush on having ‘very, very’ normal life in WH

Are private conversations possible in any First Lady capacity?

C-SPAN 2′s Book TV took to the National Mall this weekend to cover Saturday’s book festival. They captured C-SPAN correspondent Peter Slen‘s  interview with former First Lady Laura Bush, who has been crisscrossing the country to promote her book, Spoken from the Heart.

What was revealed: 1) Her relationships with President Bush’s two chiefs of staff Josh Bolten and Andrew Card were close enough that she lunched with them each once or twice a month to talk about “what bothered” her or what “interested” her. She calls them “very fine men.” 2) She also discussed whether it was possible to have private conversations within her White House life. “It is possible to have friendships and a very, very normal life,” she says. …”Really, I knew the White House could be a home.” (Hmmm, maybe so. But has Laura hung out with French First Lady Carla Bruni? In a book out on Bruni, she supposedly revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly said life in the White House is “hell.” Michelle Obama reps have denied it. Laura also thinks it’s questionable. “She probably didn’t say that at all,” she told Slen. “That was probably made up.”)

Watch the interview clips here and here.

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“9 @ 9″: Laura, Jenna & Leno

NBC’s Jay Leno adjusted his “10 @ 10″ segment for Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager last night– the former First Lady was in Texas so Leno called the Q&A “9 @ 9.”

One of the new “Today” show correspondent’s questions: “Mom, since you moved home to Texas have you received any funny housewarming gifts?” And answer: “I have received one very funny gift that I got from a friend of mine he bought it. It’s a Laura Bush bobble head doll. He bought it at the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. It was on the clearance shelf.”

Morning Reading List, 01.06.09

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: First Lady Laura Bush, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad and Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”

  • This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) of the Armed Services Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) of the Foreign Relations Committee. A roundtable with ABC News’ Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Torie Clark, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: “A Look At An Historic Election: Annual Books and Authors Show” with authors Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Eric Dyson and Jane Mayer.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Peter Bergen, CNN terrorism analyst, Sajjan Gohel, director of international security, Asia-Pacific Foundation, Ron Gettelfinger, UAW President, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commander, Multi-National Division-North, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist, CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Ed Henry, CNN White House correspondent, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s David Ignatius and Ceci Connolly, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • Reliable Sources: Larry Hackett, managing editor, People magazine, Amy Argetsinger, columnist, The Washington Post, A.J. Hammer, host, “Showbiz Tonight,” Headline News, Carlos Diaz, weekend co-host, “Extra”, Eitan Gorlin, filmmaker, Dan Mirvish, filmmaker, Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary, Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief, Salon.com, Jim Geraghty, contributing editor, National Review.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Lori Montgomery, Jennifer Agiesta of the Washington Post polling unit and Eli Saslow. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • GPS: Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, Ashley Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stephen Cohen, Brookings Institute.

  • Morning Reading List, 11.13.08

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    Morning Reading List, 11.12.08

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    Morning Reading List, 10.09.08

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    This Week In Pool Reports

    Hey tourists! Were you on a Tourmobile staring at the Jefferson last week? Look to your left next time — that was the President.

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    In Memoriam: Tony Snow

    dc Tony Snow NPC Battle Of The Bands071.JPGAnother sad loss for Washington journalists and Americans everywhere: Tony Snow passed away today after his long bout with cancer. “Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to former employer Fox News,” writes the AP.

    President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush issued the following statement:

      Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character.

      Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.

      All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith – and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.

    TVNewser notes Tony Snow’s final interview, which was on CNN.

    Take a walk with us down memory lane…

    Tony Snow’s first WH Press Briefing.

    Tony Snow on the Colbert Report, The Daily Show

    When Tony said goodbye to the WH …

    Howard Mortman‘s favorite Tony Snow / Helen Thomas moments

    Tony Snow Sings The SpongeBob Squarepants Theme Song.

    Snow Beats Schieffer In “Battle of the Bands

    We’ll be collecting and posting your memories of Tony Snow as we receive them:

    This Week In Pool Reports

    FLOTUS confirms that 2008 is more than just a year filled with a presidential race. It will also be the year of a presidential wedding. Adorable.

  • “Bush proceeded to private meetings with a total of 14 wounded Iraq veterans, in the process awarding four Purple Hearts, according to White House aide Stuart Siciliano. Afterward, Bush appeared before the mikes along with Rear Admiral Richard Jeffries, commander of the medical center, sounding somewhat somber and taking no questions. However, on his way from the mikes to his limo for the 15 second ride back to the helicopter, Bush chuckled when asked, ‘What was the vice president doing in his office this morning?’ Departure was without incident.” — Keith Koffler, CongressDaily

  • “Motorcade to and from Energy Department uneventful, with exception of large fire truck greeting us as we emerged from Southeast section of White House. Bush arrived at event on time — no obvious changes because of the fire.” — Koffler

  • “The Little Sisters offer nursing care for 75 residents, who are poor, and assisted living for 24 others. The president and his wife started their visit by donating a few books to Mary Ann Lucey, a volunteer librarian at the home’s Book Nook, a small one-room library. Then they entered the well-lit caf=E9 adorned with a Christmas tree and many wreaths. They greeted residents, many of whom are in wheelchairs. President Bush would lean down and say Merry Christmas or How are you doing? One man asked the first lady: When are we going to have a wedding? referring to her daughter Jenna, who is engaged. Laura Bush responded: ‘We are going to have a wedding some time this year.’” — Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

  • “A staffer handed President Bush a tray. He took it and said, ‘Anybody want some Christmas cookies from the White House?’ He didn’t know that the Sisters had already handed out the cookies shaped
    like Christmas trees and the president=92s dogs Barney and Beazley. The residents weren’t very interested in seconds.” — Canham

  • President Bush spoke to about 100 members of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Stafford Rotary Club at Yak-A Doo’s, a typical fern bar/restaurant in a Holiday Inn in Fredericksburg. Small, polite crowd of about 100 in attendance; no applause breaks at specific lines during the speech, but a few laughs. He talked about the economy — ‘pretty good’ despite some ‘storm clouds’ — and the spending bill — he said that it appeared the House had come up with a ‘reasonable’ plan.” — Sean Mussenden, Media General

  • “It’s gray, drizzling and cool – a perfect morning to go bike riding. That’s what President Bush did, leaving the White House at 7:40 a.m. and arriving at Virginia’s Ft. Belvoir at 8:02 a.m. Your pool witnessed none of the biking but we did hear a good holiday CD and had some nice hot drinks at the base Starbucks.” — Bill Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers

  • “Brief, uneventful motorcade to the State Department, where the president and first lady reportedly attended a holiday reception for the diplomatic corps. It couldn’t have been much of a party, though — they only stayed about 20 minutes. Pool held in vans, then quick motorcade back to the White House. FLOTUS spotted wearing her chic red suit, POTUS unseen.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

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