Laura Bush

by Ernest Grotsky

The daughter of a homebuilder and bookkeeper, Laura Bush was born and raised in Midland, Texas, where she was encouraged to achieve high from a young age. A graduate of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, Bush holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. She spent several years teaching elementary schools students after college. In the early 1970s, she returned to her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master of Science in Library Science. Bush met her husband, George W. Bush, in the late 1970s and the two quickly fell in love, marrying after only a few months of dating. Soon after marrying, she began campaigning for her husband’s race for a Senate seat. Although he did not win the general election, he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994 and President of the United States in 2000. As First Lady, Bush has been involved with a number of causes, including women’s and children’s international rights and women’s health. Due to her background, Bush has contributed significantly to education through the National Book Festival and the National Anthem Project. Among her accomplishments, Bush has been honored by both the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and the American Library Association for her efforts to promote education and reading. Bush’s memoir, Spoken from the Heart, recently published by Scribner, has become one of my favorite books. Bush speaks candidly and honestly about the most influential events of her life, both tragic and cheerful. Refreshingly free from political bias, the book focuses on modern Texas life while analyzing Bush’s path to becoming First Lady and her approach to the important position.