President Obama and his family have a new dog, a Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny! The pup joins Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, and their 5-year-old dog, Bo. And in Sunny's honor, we're looking back at other modern presidential pets, including Socks Clinton and Barney Bush! On Allie: Burberry Brit.
"When couples are committed, they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has," Laura Bush says in a new ad supporting gay marriage. The former first lady, along with fellow Republicans Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, as well as President Barack Obama, are featured in the ad to show that a majority of Americans now support gay marriage rights. But the prominent conservatives, who happen to be more liberal on social issues, did not participate willingly in the ad, which uses statements they've made during cable news or other appearances.
Laura Bush has asked the Respect For Marriage Coalition to remove the clip. Her spokesperson said Laura Bush "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement, nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way." While the ad uses her quote in support of equal rights for gays in context, it seems the first lady is not ready to be a public advocate for the cause. Watch the ad and tell us: do you think she has a right to protest?
George Bush kissed former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a $250 million library and museum in Dallas today. Save the date: it's expected to open in 2013.
The President and First Lady Laura Bush will leave Andrews Air Force Base and head to Midland (which is Laura's hometown) for a welcome event. They will fly in one of the jets he used as Air Force One during his presidency.
The couple plans to spend their first night away from the White House at their ranch in Crawford.
Outgoing First Lady Laura Bush is said to have received an advance of $1.6 million for her memoir, which is scheduled for release in 2010, though sources say it could be more. Though it seems like a large number, the sum is far below the rumored $8 million that Hillary Clinton received from Simon & Schuster for her eventual bestseller, Living History. The check is in line, however, with the $2 million Nancy Reagan and Laura's mother-in-law Barbara Bush were said to have received for their memoirs.
Yesterday news broke that First Lady Laura Bush has signed on to pen a memoir with Scribner, the house of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Laura's mother-in-law, Barbara Bush. The book is currently untitled, but scheduled for release in 2010, and it's unclear what type of secrets she will reveal. Memoirs are somewhat of a right of passage for former first ladies — Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Nancy Davis Reagan have each written one. Is there one you find particularly alluring? Source
First Lady Laura Bush can host opulent diplomat dinners, but can she still stir the pots? As the first lady and her husband, President George W. Bush, get ready to move out of the White House next month, they're looking forward to returning to the humdrum of everyday life. For her, this means getting back into the kitchen. "I haven't cooked in 14 years," she told Fox News Channel's On the Record. Perhaps the first lady could use a refresher course on how to peel shrimp or some simple tips on one of the most basic cooking skills: scrambling eggs. "He can't even remember what it was like, and neither can I," she admits. "This will be interesting."
What advice do you have for First Lady Laura Bush as she attempts to polish her rusty cooking skills?