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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My evening with the Ladies Bush...

I had the absolute pleasure & honor of attending "America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy" at the George Bush Presidential Library last week. For 1 1/2 hours, I sat and watched the ladies Bush -- Mrs. Barbara, wife of George & mom of George W. and Laura, wife of George W. -- as they retold tales of their time as first ladies.


The panel covered everything from how the family stayed strong during 9/11 to how to decide on the Christmas card art. And I laughed the entire way through.

These two ladies have such a wonderful chemistry. They've been through a lot together, and have lived through a very unusual situation as first ladies. They, along with First Ladies Abigail & Louisa Adams, are the only First Ladies to have a husband and a son as well as a father-in-law and a husband serve as President of the United States. And this unique relationship with our country's greatest position has created strong, out-spoken and well-thought-out women,whom I could only aspire to be like.


Probably the most endearing thing through the entire lecture was the banter between the women. Laura called Barbara "Bar", and Barbara called Laura "Laur". Barbara interrupted with little jokes here and there - even letting the "S" word slip out before explaining when you're 85 you can't control yourself as much as you used to - and you could tell they absolutely adored each other.

President George Bush, Sr., was also in the crowd, there to support his wife & daughter-in-law. And while the Secret Service around could have made it more awkward, it was actually nice to see them even giggle at the Ladies Bush.


I have such a unique opportunity working at a major University next to a Presidential library, and I'm ashamed to say this is the first event I've attended of this caliber. Hopefully it won't be the last.

I think one of the best ways of becoming a person you admire, is to spend time around those same people.

And these ladies were everything I want to be...
  • Polite
  • Non-judgmental
  • Loving of their husbands
  • Couldn't care less about public opinion about them
  • Strong
  • Texas-born (at least Laura is ♥ )
  • Family-oriented
  • Outspoken
  • Purpose Driven
  • And beautiful... they are both very lovely

I'm glad to have spent a night with these women. It was an experience I won't soon forget.
To read more about this even, go here.

(All photos from here)


  1. wow what a wonderful experience! i am very jealous and would have loved to have been in the audience!!! :)

  2. What an awesome experience!! So jealous. It's always so comforting to hear when people of this caliber really are genuine and great :)

  3. Wow! That sounds awesome!! George W. Bush came to our university and spoke and it was wonderful. Such a fantastic experience. I'm so jealous you got to see the Bush women speak though! I would LOVE to experience that!

  4. I would have loved to hear them speak. This is one of my favorite posts by you yet. The little details you included really made the post.

  5. How fun! I love that they have such a loving relationship. Definitely an inspiration!

  6. Very, very cool that you got to see her speak! And those are all characteristics that I aspire to be like too!

  7. I adore the Bush's. I know so many people dislike them but I just love them! So jealous of your experience but how awesome for you! :)

  8. I giggled at the title for a good 2 mins before being able to actually read the post :) I'm like a twelve year old boy.

  9. It sounds like a great event, it looks like you enjoyed it!