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Laura Bush - An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady-logo

Laura Bush - An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady

Ronald Kessler

When Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bush's footsteps? Would she be another Hillary Clinton? "I think I'll just be Laura Bush," she would say. On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the world got a glimpse of what that meant when she pushed aside the leader of the free world and stole the show at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wearing a shimmering lime green Oscar de la Renta gown, Laura wisecracked that she was a "desperate housewife" married to a president who was always asleep at nine. Replayed constantly on the air, the stand-up routine with its impeccable comedic timing turned the first lady into a glittering star. But while the performance catapulted her to new status, it did not answer the question of who this former teacher and librarian really is and just what role she plays in influencing her husband and shaping his administration. The Bushes are more effective than the FBI or CIA at keeping secret what goes on behind the scenes at the White House, the ranch, or Camp David. Now, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler draws back that curtain in the first biography of Laura Bush to be written with White House cooperation. Based on interviews with her closest friends and confidantes from childhood to the present, as well as family members and administration heavyweights like Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card, Kessler paints a portrait of a woman who, even as she ascended to the heights of political fortune and power, never lost touch with the bedrock American values she absorbed in her youth. In this unprecedented account, Kessler reveals: How Laura's opinions have brought budget changes to a range of federal agencies and have affected her husband's policies, appointments, and worldview. Why Laura told her press secretary in May 2001 she did not want to do any more media interviews. What President Bush said to Laura at the dinne

When Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bush's footsteps? Would she be another Hillary Clinton? "I think I'll just be Laura Bush," she would say. On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the world got a glimpse of what that meant when she pushed aside the leader of the free world and stole the show at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wearing a shimmering lime green Oscar de la Renta gown, Laura wisecracked that she was a "desperate housewife" married to a president who was always asleep at nine. Replayed constantly on the air, the stand-up routine with its impeccable comedic timing turned the first lady into a glittering star. But while the performance catapulted her to new status, it did not answer the question of who this former teacher and librarian really is and just what role she plays in influencing her husband and shaping his administration. The Bushes are more effective than the FBI or CIA at keeping secret what goes on behind the scenes at the White House, the ranch, or Camp David. Now, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler draws back that curtain in the first biography of Laura Bush to be written with White House cooperation. Based on interviews with her closest friends and confidantes from childhood to the present, as well as family members and administration heavyweights like Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card, Kessler paints a portrait of a woman who, even as she ascended to the heights of political fortune and power, never lost touch with the bedrock American values she absorbed in her youth. In this unprecedented account, Kessler reveals: How Laura's opinions have brought budget changes to a range of federal agencies and have affected her husband's policies, appointments, and worldview. Why Laura told her press secretary in May 2001 she did not want to do any more media interviews. What President Bush said to Laura at the dinne
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When Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bush's footsteps? Would she be another Hillary Clinton? "I think I'll just be Laura Bush," she would say. On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the world got a glimpse of what that meant when she pushed aside the leader of the free world and stole the show at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wearing a shimmering lime green Oscar de la Renta gown, Laura wisecracked that she was a "desperate housewife" married to a president who was always asleep at nine. Replayed constantly on the air, the stand-up routine with its impeccable comedic timing turned the first lady into a glittering star. But while the performance catapulted her to new status, it did not answer the question of who this former teacher and librarian really is and just what role she plays in influencing her husband and shaping his administration. The Bushes are more effective than the FBI or CIA at keeping secret what goes on behind the scenes at the White House, the ranch, or Camp David. Now, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler draws back that curtain in the first biography of Laura Bush to be written with White House cooperation. Based on interviews with her closest friends and confidantes from childhood to the present, as well as family members and administration heavyweights like Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card, Kessler paints a portrait of a woman who, even as she ascended to the heights of political fortune and power, never lost touch with the bedrock American values she absorbed in her youth. In this unprecedented account, Kessler reveals: How Laura's opinions have brought budget changes to a range of federal agencies and have affected her husband's policies, appointments, and worldview. Why Laura told her press secretary in May 2001 she did not want to do any more media interviews. What President Bush said to Laura at the dinne

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker

Length:

8h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:26


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:27


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:53


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:47


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:50


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:14


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:52


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:59


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:33


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:39


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:40


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:31


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:06


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:59


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:38


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:24


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:27


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:27


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:20


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:13


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:20


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:12


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:48


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:20


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:09


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:52


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:05


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:19


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:26


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:11


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:13


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:23


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:31


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:41


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:17


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:57


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:54


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:06


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:39


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:19