Unlike Michelle Obama, Laura Bush was a classy First Lady. And while the role of the First Lady has dramatically changed throughout history, none of them has been quite like Mrs. George W. Bush.

Raised in Midland, Texas, former Bush White House staff as the “Comforter in Chief” after her efforts after the Islamic terror attacks on September 11 attacks in New York City. Her approach comes from her simple upbringing, when her parents (Harold and Laura Welch) introduced her to how wonderful reading can be.

As First Lady Bush explained:

I worked as a teacher and librarian and I learned how important reading is in school and in life. But I didn’t just learn this in the classroom – I learned it at home from my mother. When I was a little girl, my mother would read stories to me. I have loved books and going to the library ever since. In the summer, I liked to spend afternoons reading in the library. I enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books and Little Women, and many others. I know that with this money, you’ll be able to read lots of new books and find favorites of your own.

Reading gives you enjoyment throughout your life. Of course, as with any other skill, such as dancing, the secret to enjoying reading is to practice. A great way to practice is to spend time exploring in the library. Another way to enjoy books is by sharing your favorites with your friends and family. Just one discussion about a memorable chapter or an interesting character can lead to a better understanding of people and cultures.

But did you know the tragedy that struck her early in life? Just days after her 17th birthday, Laura Bush ran a stop sign on November 6, 1963. That’s when she hit and killed her fellow classmate, Michael Douglas.

As Dr. Myra G. Gutin, a scholar about American First Ladies, noted:

It had the effect of making her a little more thoughtful, a little sadder, a little more world wise.

She went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she studied education. That’s where she met George at a cookout. And the rest is history!

Laura Bush
Laura Bush

She campaigned for George when he – at age 31 – ran for the state legislature in 1978. When George lost that race, she was no longer in the spotlight and that’s when she had twin girls Barbara and Jenna Bush.

In that time, Laura helped George overcome his struggles with alcohol. She knew it was time to be firm with George, and that’s when he stopped drinking for the rest of his life.

In 1995, George ran for office again and became Governor of the Lone Star State. That’s when Texas – and America – was first introduced to this amazing woman. After George became President, she spent her position promoting literacy for children.

Here is a short documentary about her life. She’s breaking her silence about the tragedy which changed her life…

Laura Bush’s ability to overcome tragedy changed George’s life, and changed history. She has much to be proud of, and America is grateful for her service.

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