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George W. Bush does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

George W. Bush does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Former President George W. Bush was dunked for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and passed the duty on to his predecessor President Bill Clinton.
Aileen Graef
Laura Bush's dog, Miss Beazley, dies

Laura Bush's dog, Miss Beazley, dies

DALLAS, May 17 (UPI) --Former U.S. President George W. Bush announces death of dog Miss Beazley on Facebook.
Danielle Haynes
Americans now have two favorite first ladies

Americans now have two favorite first ladies

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) --A new WSJ/NBC News poll shows that Americans have two favorite first ladies from the last 25 years: Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton.
Aileen Graef
Bush, Clinton attend NCAA championship together

Bush, Clinton attend NCAA championship together

ARLINGTON, Texas, April 8 (UPI) -- Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton enjoyed a night of basketball together at the NCAA championship game between Connecticut and Kentucky.
Aileen Graef
Bill Yosses to leave White House kitchen staff

Bill Yosses to leave White House kitchen staff

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- Bill Yosses, the executive pastry chef at the White House, is leaving his post to teach children and adults about eating better in New York City.

Eleanor Roosevelt ranked best first lady

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A poll of historians has again ranked Eleanor Roosevelt the best first lady in American history, with current first lady Michelle Obama ranked fifth.
Laura Bush: First gentleman should 'stand back and be quiet'

Laura Bush: First gentleman should 'stand back and be quiet'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Former first lady Laura Bush suggests that any future first gentleman in the White House "stand back and be quiet."
George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The flight on Air Force One to South Africa was a crowded affair, with a former president, two former first ladies, and a slew of advisors hitching a ride with the Obamas headed to the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Gabrielle Levy
Air Force One's impressive passenger list for flight to Mandela memorial service

Air Force One's impressive passenger list for flight to Mandela memorial service

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- As Air Force One took off yesterday for Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa, it carried not only President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama but also former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
JC Finley
Bush library logs record attendance day

Bush library logs record attendance day

DALLAS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas set a single-day attendance record Friday thanks to a new Christmas exhibit, the library's director said.
Former president-turned artist George W. Bush debuts artwork on Christmas ornament

Former president-turned artist George W. Bush debuts artwork on Christmas ornament

Nov. 27 (UPI)--It seems the 43rd president has been busy painting, presenting a portrait he did of Jay Leno to the talk show host on November 20, and then announcing the inaugural debut of a commemorative Bush Center Christmas ornament featuring artwork by George W. Bush.
JC Finley

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
By United Press International
Michelle Obama, Laura Bush compare first lady notes

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush compare first lady notes

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 ends visit to Africa honoring U.S. Embassy bombing victims

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 2 (UPI) -- President Obama ended his African tour Tuesday with a ceremony honoring victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings and voiced confidence about Africa's future.

Obama tells business roundtable: Africa next economic success story

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 1 (UPI) -- Calling Africa the world's "next major economic success story," President Obama said the United States want to share in that success.
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Former First Lady Laura Bush signs books during an event to promote her memoir "Spoken From The Heart" at a Books-a-Million store in McClean, Virginia, on May 4, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009. She has held a love of books and reading since childhood and her life and education have reflected that interest. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education and soon took a job as a second grade school teacher. After attaining her Master's degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. She met George Walker Bush in 1977 and they were married later that year. The couple had twin daughters born to them in 1981.

Bush's political involvement began with her marriage. She campaigned during her husband's unsuccessful 1978 run for the United States Congress and later his successful Texas gubernatorial campaign. As First Lady of Texas, Bush implemented many initiatives focused on health, education, and literacy. In 1999, she aided her husband in campaigning for the presidency of the United States in a number of ways, most notably delivering a keynote address at the 2000 Republican National Convention, which gained her national attention. She became first lady of the United States after her husband defeated Democrat Al Gore in the controversial 2000 election.

Polled by Gallup as one of the most popular first ladies, Laura Bush was involved in topics of both national and global concern during her tenure. She continued to advance her trademark interests of education and literacy by establishing the semi-annual National Book Festival in 2001 and encouraged education on a worldwide scale. She also advanced women's causes through The Heart Truth and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She represented the United States during her foreign trips, which tended to focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. In May 2010, Bush released her memoir, Spoken from the Heart, in conjunction with a national tour.

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