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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:

Laura Turner

Length:

6h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:42


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:17


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:48