Laura Bush

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Laura Lane Welch Bush

Laura Bush is the current First Lady of the United States and the wife of US President George W. Bush. She and the President have twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara. Prior to becoming First Lady of the Nation, she served as First Lady of Texas.

Laura Bush was born on November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas. Her parents were Harold and Jenna Welch. She attended Southern Methodist University, and received a bachelor's degree in education, later receiving a master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also a public school teacher and librarian and has since set up a national reading program called America's Children Read Books and has been active in anti-smoking campaigns.

Together with the Library of Congress, Laura Bush launched the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in September 2001. The 2004 National Book Festival drew 85,000 book-lovers from across the nation. Also included in Mrs. Bush's projects are support for education campaigns for breast cancer and heart disease. She also helped to start Preserve America, a national initiative to protect our cultural and natural heritage. [1]

1963 Car Accident

In 1963 Laura Bush, then known as Laura Welch and only 17 years old at the time, was driving her Chevrolet sedan on a clear night shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 1963. She ran a stop sign at an intersection and struck a Corvair sedan driven by 17 year old Michael Douglas. Douglas was killed. This is recorded in a two-page accident report released by the city of Midland, Texas. No charges were filled.[2]

Work on Sexual Education

Laura Bush has taken several trips to Africa to promote faith- and abstinence-based sexual health policies. While she has taken a considerably less extreme position on abstinence-only sexual education than her husband, though their viewpoints remain similar.[3] Due, perhaps, to this family position that abstinence is the only, and, indeed, Christian method of birth control, it has been largely speculated that Laura and her husband have never actually had sexual intercourse, and that Laura, much like her mother, reproduces via asexual reproduction.[4]

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Laura Bush hosts a press preview of the White House Spring Garden Tour

in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden Friday morning, April 16, 2004.


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