Laura Bush

Laura Bush ( * November 4, 1946 in Midland, Texas as Laura Lana Welch) is the wife of former U.S. President George W. Bush and was the First Lady of the United States 2001 through 2009.


In her childhood, Laura Bush showed an early interest in the field of literature. She completed her degree in 1968 from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Education from and soon began working as a primary school teacher. After they had attained at the University of Texas at Austin a Masters in Library Science, she worked as a librarian. In 1977 she met George Walker Bush know. In the same year they were married; in 1981, Laura Bush got the twins Barbara and Jenna.

Her political career began as a result of her marriage. She appeared in 1978 in the election campaign of her husband for a seat in the U.S. Congress and later with the successful campaign for the governorship of Texas. As First Lady of Texas Laura Bush was responsible for some of the projects that were focused on health, education and the fight against illiteracy. In the years 1999/2000, she supported her husband in his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Among other things, gave the keynote speech (Keynote Address) at the Republican National Convention, which brought her national attention. George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential election against Al Gore, so she became the First Lady of the United States.

In the novel, published in 2008, American Wife (English title The wife of the President, 2009), the writer Curtis Sittenfeld paints a fictional portrait of Laura Bush.

Social Commitment

In her time as First Lady, she continued to be involved in projects that promoted education and illiteracy fought. So she called for example, the annual National Book Festival to life. They also supported initiatives that take care concerns of women. These include projects for Breast Cancer Care Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or for the prevention of stroke such as The Heart Truth. Bush represented the United States while traveling abroad. She was dedicated to thematic most of the prevention and control of HIV / AIDS and malaria. According to a survey conducted by Gallup Laura Bush was one of the most popular First Ladies.


In November 1963, it caused a 17- year-old schoolgirl in a car accident. They had run a stop sign and collided with the car of her peers classmate Michael D. Douglas, who thereby lost his life. The dead man was an ex-boyfriend.


  • Laura Bush: Spoken from the Heart. Scribner, New York 2010, ISBN 1,439,155,208th