First lady Barbara Bush likes to tell her story...

By HELEN THOMAS UPI White House Reporter

WASHINGTON -- First lady Barbara Bush likes to tell her story through her dogs.

Her first book, 'C. Fred', the longtime family pet who died, pulled in funding for the 'Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation' and her new book, to be on the stands in September, entitled 'Millie's Book' is expected to be a drawing card.


The first lady's observations about the White House are told through Millie's memoirs. Some brief excerpts are published in the August issue of 'Good Housekeeping Magazine.'

Living in the White House, 'Millie,' an English springer spaniel has more public exposure than her predecessor and gets more attention that the Bush children.

It's doubtful that Mrs. Bush will allow Millie to tell the family secrets but she may reveal some of the sidelights such as the fact that her master, George Bush, is called 'the Prez,' around the White House.NEWLN:------

The Bicultural Center, an advocacy group for the deaf, has asked the White House Visitors Office, to have signers and interpreters on hand for the public tours when a visitor may be deaf.

But the aides who run the office are tuned out on the subject. They say that groups of deaf persons usually bring along their own signer.


'Besides,' said one aide, 'this is the home of the President of the United States. It is not a museum.'NEWLN:------

House Majority leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri was once the nemesis of the George Bush White House. But now the president cannot say enough nice things about him.

Gephardt, who used to be a thorn in the administration's side when he beat up on Japan for its trade practices, has been co-opted by the aura of the White House and daily invitations to the Oval Office.

Gephardt, a Democratic presidential aspirant, is among the leaders seeking with Bush and other top administration advisers agreement on a package of tax increases and federal spending cuts to meet the goal of a $64 billion reduction in 1991.

Bush has lavishly praised Gephardt in his recent speeches. Expecting a lion, administration officials found a lamb who also is telling reporters that politics should be abjured in seeking solutions to the deficit problem.NEWLN:------

The president played true to form in making his first U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment. He was extremely secretive, using back doors and the family quarters to keep candidates away from the prying eyes of the press. He made a cautious choice that he was certain would arouse little controversy. And he acted with dispatch, within 72 hours after Justice William Brennan announced his resignation from the bench, to avoid any public dialogue on the subject.


Bush selected Judge David H. Souter who he had never met to rule on some of the most crucial decisions in the land. But he did interview Souter, a recently appointed federal appellate judge for 45 minutes before announcing his appointment.

He also had Souter's academic resume of Harvard Law School, Oxford University, a Rhodes scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa before him. And the prodding of chief of staff John Sununu, who like Souter, hails from New Hampshire.

Bush, who is now adamantly opposed to abortion, but said in 1980 that Roe v Wade, legalizing abortion under certain circumstances, was 'right,' told reporters he did not seek Souter's views on that controversial issue or any other at the top of the social agenda because it would not have been 'appropriate.'

That was yet another divergence from the Reagan administration which did apply the so-called 'litmus test' on those touchy issues to all candidates for top federal jobs.NEWLN:------

Barbara Bush, the busiest first lady in modern history, is taking the month of August off to gather with the family and tend to home chores at Kennebunkport, Me.

With Congress soon to be in recess, the pace in Washington will slow down with the summer heat, and the president was expected to join his wife for a three-week sojourn at their seaside estate around Aug. 10.


The Bushes' daughter Dorothy (Doro) LeBlond, newly divorced from Maine contractor William LeBlond, has moved into a home in a fashionable section of the Washington suburbs and is working in communications at a rehabilitation hospital.NEWLN:------

Old friends in Washington were pleased to see Pat Nixon at the dedication of the Nixon presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif. The former first lady, who has suffered strokes and has other ailments, has stayed out of the limelight since her husband was forced to resign in the unraveling of the Watergate scandal on Aug. 9, 1974.

But at the California reunion of friends and political associates who had served with the Nixon administrations, it was old home week, and a vibrant Mrs. Nixon, shined through it all.

She gathered in her hotel suite with her former staff members and Helen Smith, who had served as her press secretary, said it was 'like old times' when they sat around chatting and recalling the past.NEWLN:

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