May 11, 2010
Posted: 09:00 AM ET
Former first lady Laura Bush says a surprising “sort of buoyancy” kicked in a few days after she returned to Texas after her eight years in the White House — a vivid feeling of relief from the post-Sept. 11 pressure cooker.
“I didn’t really realize how stressed we were and how vigilant we were — that hypervigilance — until we came home and I wasn’t so stressed anymore,” she recalled in a video interview in the POLITICO newsroom last week, immediately after signing her newly published memoir, “Spoken From the Heart,” for customers at a nearby Costco.
“It was just something that we lived with every single day. We were used to it, and we didn’t really know we were. I almost stood straighter, just without that weight of worry.”
In her latest book, Bush is more candid than she has ever been about her life story, but she stays on-message about the public parts of the 43rd presidency. She told POLITICO that despite George W. Bush’s unpopularity when he left office, she doesn’t think her husband was ill-served by any of the aides around him.
“Most of the people that were close to us are still very, very close to us, and they were outstanding people with really great character who served our country for the right reasons,” she said.
Bush added that she “definitely” does not believe anyone lied to her husband about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. “That was the intelligence from everybody,” she said.
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