Former First Lady Laura Bush Discusses Life Before, During and After the White House at Smithsonian Event

April 7, 2010
News Release

The Smithsonian Associates presents an evening with former First Lady Laura Bush Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Mrs. Bush will share stories of her life and years in the White House and beyond with Cokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News and National Public Radio. Mrs. Bush discusses her childhood amid the rugged oil boom-and-bust culture of Midland, Texas, and her career as an inner-city school teacher and librarian before marrying George W. Bush. Before Sept. 11, 2001, she was widely known as the founder of the Texas and National book festivals; the events of 9/11 and the frantic and fearful months that followed changed her life and her world.

Mrs. Bush championed women’s rights around the globe, traveling to 75 countries, including three visits to Afghanistan and five to countries in Africa, as well as to the Burmese border to advocate for tens of thousands of refugees. Her new book, Spoken from the Heart, will be available for purchase after the program. Tickets for the Smithsonian presentation are $28 for general admission and $18 for Associate members.

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