Laura Bush Tonight!
The former first lady on the tragedy that’s
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Former first lady Laura Bush has broken with her husband on the premier social issues of his administration and said she backs gay marriage and abortion.
After more than eight years of silence on the controversial issues, Mrs. Bush said in an interview with CNN's Larry King Tuesday, that gay marriage and abortion were points of contention with her husband, former President George W. Bush.
Mrs. Bush in recent weeks has been promoting her memoir "Spoken from the Heart," in which she writes about her life both before and after becoming first lady.
In response to a question about gay marriage, she said, "There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed to each other and love each other, that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has."
Mrs. Bush said she and the ex-president "disagree" on legalizing same-sex marriage.
"I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it's a real, you know, reversal really for [them] to accept gay marriage," she said.
When King asked if she could accept gay marriage, the first lady said: "I think we could, yeah." "You think [legalization of same-sex marriage] is coming?" asked King.
"Yeah, that will come, I think," she replied.
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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.
The week in politics began in a frenzy, with the focus on Times Square in NYC after an attempted car bombing plot was thwarted and the suspect arrested. Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, oil continues to spew out with hopes it will be under control early next week.
While you may have been paying close attention to these 2 big political stories, we're here to make sure you don't miss out on these other ones.
Also – heads-up – Mother's Day is this Sunday so don't forget to call Mom!
1. One famous mother had her first tweet this week – and her office says it could possibly be her last. CHECK OUT WHO IT WAS! (Politico)
2. Another famous mama is heading to DC this Saturday night to attend the annual 'Ball on the Mall.' Are you more curious about WHO THIS WOMAN is, or what the 'Ball on the Mall' is? (The Hill)
3. Domestic sex trafficking of children was on the mind of THIS HOLLYWOOD MOM when she came to DC this week, meeting with members of congress. (The Hill)
4. If you wanted to meet THIS FORMER FIRST LADY, you had to show your Costco card. (Yeas & Nays)
5. What should President Obama give Mrs. Obama for Mother's Day? 60% of America THINKS THIS, while 9% thinks the best gift he can give her would be to weed the garden. (US News)
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM LKL!
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In national politics this week, President Obama left D.C. for "Main Street," and Goldman Sachs execs wished the could have left D.C. for - well, anywhere really.
Meanwhile, illegal immigration took center stage. Arizona passed a new law that will end up in the courts faster than you can swim across the Rio Grande.
And speaking of water...now all eyes are on the Gulf Coast to see how bad the oil spill gets. Seriously, how hard is it to put a bottle cap back on.
However, as we do every week here on the LKL blog, we want to share some political stories you may have missed:
1. In her new book, Laura Bush suggests that she, her husband, "and several members of their staff may have been poisoned during a visit to Germany," when "they all became mysteriously sick" (New York Times).
2. Chelsea Clinton is asking her father, President Bill Clinton, to lose FIFTEEN POUNDS before her summer nuptials. That means NO McDonalds. (Politico)
3. So, a Supreme Court Justice walks into a bathroom and sees a U.S. Senator and the senator says.... (The Hill)
4. A-list celebrities are descending upon our nation's capital this weekend to attend what is dubbed as the "Nerd Prom," the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner. Our fearless host, Larry, will be there – as for the rest, it's easier for you to just click HERE to see who else will be attending the event. (Politico)
5. "I've been sleeping with a teacher for a long time" - Vice President Joe Biden (HuffingtonPost)
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Just one week before an historic inauguration, President and Mrs. Laura Bush look back at eight years in The White House! And at what's ahead for the Obama administration! Larry interviews the first couple from The White House Library, tonight on "Larry King Live," 9 p.m., ET.
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