facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush compare first lady notes

July 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM   |   Comments

1 of 5
| License Photo
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 2 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama said being first lady can be confining "but it's a really nice prison," and former first lady Laura Bush said at least the prison has "a chef."

Obama and Bush appeared together Tuesday at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where Obama was asked about past comments U.S. first ladies are able to draw attention to important issues that ordinarily might be overlooked.

"That's absolutely true. I always joke that we have probably the best jobs in the world because, unlike our husbands who have to react and respond to crisis on a minute-by-minute basis -- they come into office with a wonderful, profound agenda, and then they're faced with the reality," she said, getting a laugh from the audience.

"On the other hand, we get to work on what we're passionate about," she said.

"And I just found it just a very freeing and liberating opportunity."

Asked whether a first lady might be something of a state prisoner, Obama got another laugh when she said: "No, there are prison elements to it. But it's a really nice prison, so ... . "

"But with a chef," said Bush, who was first lady from 2001-09 when her husband, George W. Bush, was president.

Obama said she is constantly asked whether she is "more like Laura Bush, or are you more like Hillary Clinton? And I'm like, is that it? That's all I ... " and then her answer was drowned out by more laughter.

"Exactly the problem," Laura Bush said, "everyone said -- reporters -- are you Hillary Clinton or Barbara Bush? And I always just said, well, I think I'll be Laura Bush; I do Laura Bush pretty well, having grown up as her" -- drawing yet another laugh.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Man apologizes for double 'wet Willy' on policeman Man apologizes for double 'wet Willy' on policeman
2
Ebola plush toys are big sellers Ebola plush toys are big sellers
3
Panty raid: Homeland Security seizes Royals undies Panty raid: Homeland Security seizes Royals undies
4
Prison for robber who stopped for cigarette Prison for robber who stopped for cigarette
5
Police: Man used chainsaw on family vacation home Police: Man used chainsaw on family vacation home
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback