On Thursday, Barbara Bush, the former first lady attended a conference in Austin where she was in a forum on America’s first ladies. Sharing her desire to move beyond the campaign madness, just a week after President Barack Obama’s re-election, she said,
“I’m tired now of the elections. People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly.”
Bush, who had endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, was with former first lady Laura Bush on a panel for the Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies conference at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.
While the women seemed unwilling to speak on their own opinions about politics, Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, did say,
“They are going to have to compromise. It’s not a dirty word.”
Both women shared fond memories of the time they spent in the White House.
When asked if a woman can ever be prepared to be a first lady, both women agreed that it was possible. Barbara Bush added that if the woman was married to a governor or vice president, then that was good preparation and Laura Bush added that she had had the advantage of having a mother-in-law who was a first lady so she was able to benefit from following her example.
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