As America continues to wait for its first female president, the country has nevertheless produced some remarkable first ladies over the years. We have had Jacqueline Kennedy, the international style and cultural icon. We have also seen the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as the graceful Michelle Obama. Amongst these remarkable first ladies is Laura Bush, wife of number 43, George W. Bush. The career educator pursued several commendable policies before, during and even after her reign as the first lady.
Laura Bush Bio (Age)
Laura Lane Bush (nee Welch) was born on the 4th of November 1946 in Midland, Texas. She was the only child of her parents; Harold Welch and Jenna Louise Hawkins. Bush spent her formative years in Texas and attended schools such as James Bowie Elementary School and San Jacinto Junior High. She also attended Robert E. Lee High School and obtained her high school diploma in 1964. Laura Bush grew up with a passion for reading and education. This was largely due to the influence of her mom who instilled a reading habit in her at an early age. She, therefore, fell in love with books and decided to pursue a career in that direction.
Upon graduating from high school, Bush headed to The Southern Methodist University Dallas and obtained a BSc in Education in 1968. Her educational pursuits did not stop at this juncture; she also received an MSc in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. After finishing her studies, Bush taught at various elementary schools in Texas. The future first lady also worked as a librarian at the Houston Public Library and Dawson Elementary.
First Lady Achievements
As a result of her marriage, Bush has served as the first lady on two occasions. The first was in 1995 when her husband was elected the governor of Texas. The second occasion was in the year 2000 when her husband was elected the president of the United States. During her time as the first lady, Bush pursued several noteworthy initiatives, especially in the health and education sectors. One of them was The Reach Out and Read Program which encouraged parents to teach kids how to read from an early age.
Bush also instituted The National Book Festival, as well as The Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries. The latter supports the education of children by providing funding to school libraries all over America. Laura Bush was also a passionate health advocate during her time as the first lady. She campaigned against diseases such as breast cancer and heart diseases and helped to raise the much-needed awareness on them. Bush also excelled in the area of foreign affairs. She spoke out about the plight of women and children under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She also visited several countries including Myanmar and The Vatican City.
Husband and Children
Laura Bush first met her husband, George W. Bush, in July 1977, at a backyard barbecue organized by some mutual friends. They were immediately taken with each other and subsequently commenced a relationship. The couple dated for just three months before getting married on the 5th of November 1977.
She and her husband have two children together; fraternal twin girls named Barbara and Jenna. Barbara Bush is an alum of Yale University and has gone on to become an activist. She has worked with several charitable organizations and has also founded her own non-profit organization known as Global Health Corps. The organization seeks to provide young people with the opportunity to fight for global health equity. Barbara is married to a screenwriter, Craig Coyne, and they reside in New York. Jenna, on the other hand, is an author, as well as a journalist. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a degree in English. She has since co-authored several books with her mom and her twin sister and has also worked as a correspondent/host for NBC. Jenna is married to a political aide, Henry Hager, and they have three children together.
Bush and her husband share a net worth of $39 million. Their wealth stems from family inheritance, lucrative book deals, as well as fees from public speaking engagements. George Bush neither ranks among the wealthiest American presidents nor does he rank amongst the poorest; he is somewhere in the middle. The richest American presidents were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson. The poorest presidents were Harry Truman, Ulysses Grant, William McKinley, William Henry Harrison and even Abraham Lincoln who is regarded as one of the greatest American presidents ever.