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-- Friday to interview former First Lady Laura Bush about her new book -- spoken from the heart.
It takes you inside the White House's mrs.
bush describes the most dramatic moments of the bush presidency.
And it has begun to top best seller lists we talked what mrs.
bush in the first interview she's done in her new home with a president.
So what is the difference between living in this house and moving in the right.
There are many many differences support at big yard that is private George subsequently sat well with -- -- out here now I see the satellite up on the roof is we have.
In the -- watching a lot of sports we have the huge screen TV that was the first things we thought that upstairs -- richest man cave that we college and one big grin taxpayers.
His -- is his computer -- That's right lots likes to watch this Texas rangers' history.
bush welcome back to FOX News Sunday and thank you so much for inviting us here home the next ledger here in my -- -- -- -- begin with your account of 9/11.
And the days after which I think is is one of the most -- Parts of your book you say -- -- the world as I knew it erupt a complete change -- and you talk about the constant.
How wasn't living in the White House after -- There were both long days of anxiety in really -- At the grief I have the whole life yet.
America being attacked like it was and I have all of that really.
Every part of that including the threat assessments.
That George read every morning after September 11.
I gave us all this feeling of vulnerability -- in the fear really.
And for us at the White House high anxiety.
Now you talk about the high anxiety and it lets face it if you could have had a bullseye on her in in in the house in -- you were looking for.
And you say you questioned every noise every plane that flew over -- And we had that -- military cap that started flying those at jets which started flying around cover around Washington.
And those really when I would hear those at night I would think it is certain -- -- security.
About -- and think about the pilots.
That at a -- in the military that were flying those planes but we did get the very first night we September 11.
They wanted this to sleep down in the bunker and George she said -- I've got to sleep in -- -- -- -- we've got to get some more next.
And -- -- he -- and get this if you think you need to and so in the middle of the night we heard.
The footsteps in the hall outside -- -- of the Secret Service agent rushing into the bedroom.
Saying you've got to go downstairs another plane was on its way -- so we rushed down this marble staircase to them.
Bunker and injustice we got there and they news that the plane they had spotted was one of our.
One of the military can't respond.
Talk in and and very much revoke the fact if your husband becoming a wartime president and you write this.
I could see the lines cut deeper in his face.
And could hear him next to me lying awake at night.
His mind still working for -- on -- on a human life.
How tough was and how much of a Burton wasn't for him and the directly for you to bear that responsibility.
Well it was very stressful they were well there's no doubt about it -- and worrying about our troops and worrying about the decisions he was making you know -- isn't wasn't the right decision to.
Go in Afghanistan.
For instance or two.
Pressure Saddam Hussein and finally intent going tomorrow and when you say you could hear him lying awake and I just really was they aren't nearly as worried -- -- and of course there were times.
A win the war it was more.
-- win the chatter was more and he didn't always tell me.
When there was.
When there were specific threats that they were particularly worried about he didn't try to -- to my worry by telling me that because there obviously was nothing I could do about it.
-- but I did know and I could tail at the height these lying awake and is doing worrying.
How are you comfortable with -- -- -- we really have have -- this.
Feeling -- comfort in each other's presence just the comfort of being with each other was what -- us both up emotionally we knew we RD.
Had each other their emotional support.
Of the tether.
You talk at length in the book about the runup to the war in Iraq and the fact that.
Intelligence services around the world we believe that Sodom Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
How did you feel when you learn despite.
Our government's best efforts.
That he did.
Well of course we were just shocked -- and then also.
Disappointed that that was you know that that was wrong that the intelligence services were wrong.
You know to this day there is some people who believe.
That the president lied us into war well I mean that's just so faults.
And at every one knows that I mean I think that you know there's a certain group of people that say that.
But it they look at the statements that everywhere and the former presidents the -- -- people on Capitol Hill both sides of -- that was what everyone believed.
Does it bother you.
Did that some people will think the worst the unthinkable the idea that a president wouldn't take us into -- wonderful pretense is does that.
Sure of course that bothers me but on the other hand it's just.
You know fact of life I mean it's what happens in American politics.
And there's always for whoever's president.
The opponents the people on the other side who cast aspersions that they may not even believe themselves or -- of the conspiracy theorist.
And that's something that we just live with in the United States and -- know about that and certainly the people that live in the White House -- that.
You write that that when you became the First Lady you were in a sense -- Katie Couric said.
You appear to be a very traditional woman and this is one of my favorites of British tabloid wrote.
-- is a cookie baking homemaker.
-- moms see.
An old -- why do you think that -- Well I think there are a lot of reasons I think because I had had traditional jobs have been that women's traditional jobs have been at.
Teacher and librarian and then also because I was married to a conservative precedent.
And so because at that.
And you know that was just the views that people ahead -- me.
And -- it's sad really and sort of frustrating that.
That the press in general typecast.
Every woman -- in the White House than other first ladies.
Outlook as always our first ladies have been a lot more interest in a lot more complicated.
Then then -- box that they are sort of put the end do you think Michelle Obama has been -- counts the same way you I don't think so really -- think that that bitch she's and I think this is just.
Her age that she's younger.
But I think she's been given the benefit of that doubt more by the press than than former -- Heidi certainly look at the way Barbara Bush.
And mother grandmother.
I was type this and grandmotherly.
You know type one and when in fact Barbara Bush is as -- -- horse ready shouldn't -- people really love that.
You became deeply involved in.
Advocating for Afghan women before -- rights for their role in the life of their country.
And you right.
It was not that I found my voice instead it was as if my voice had found me explain.
Well what happened was that made them -- president's radio address after September 11 and talked about the treatment of women and children by that.
Taliban and right after that I went to a department store with -- And the -- women who sell cosmetics.
Came up to me and say thank you so much for speaking for the women of Afghanistan.
And that was when it really occurred to me in a really emotional.
Sort of way that people listen to me.
That I did have a podium and that women all over the United States felt this it's it's sisterhood with the women of Afghanistan.
And wanted to be able to do something.
I wanna go back to this question that you touched on earlier about media bias because in the bucket and eat it almost seems if you wanted to get something off your chest you right.
Some of the media came with preconceived notions and an adversarial point of view.
Some of that was -- -- journalists rather than being objective.
Could not put their own emotions and assumptions aside.
Wasn't liberal bias against a conservative Republican president.
Yes that's what I think it -- And excellently.
I think that's what it was and it was not always say it was just it was the second thing that we're just talking about it that happened.
This sort of flat.
View of who the First Lady is -- wasn't just about -- that about other women in May be part of that.
I was advised against women are a way to put women in this in the special.
Category or to be seen -- the little women who were home -- the cookies.
Like that British tabloid yes.
Muncie if that's -- Howard Fineman as a column in Newsweek this week not necessarily always the most pro bush magazine.
In which he lays out the facts of the current gulf oil spill.
Administration -- oil well.
Oil company big donors to president's campaign initial administration reaction to downplay the accident.
It takes president eleven days to get to the same.
He says if that have been George W.
Bush and senator Barack Obama.
It would have been national -- Well I think that's right -- probably.
But you know it's just that's just how ideas mean that we -- that.
And my real reluctance when George decided to run for president when he was thinking about running for president was.
That we -- from having watched the way Mr.
Bush was characterized in 1992 that you thought that the risk you weren't.
And that it's not all that pounding that's -- -- also want people -- city.
There's a lot of criticism but there's also a lot of support.
From the American people people said that as -- every single rope -- every place we went that they were right parts.
Does it -- you sixteen months into the presidency that the Obama administration's still talks about the bad economy they inherited.
From your husband.
You know that bothers me but but on the other hand.
The economy was -- that September I think that you know one of the things that happened when George was president was that everything including the weather.
Became his -- and and it's just did and realistic really expectation that our president but also know that.
That's what people expect and that the president better be really tough.
And you know thank heavens George was.
-- under the circumstances with having that September 11 attack.
I'd like to do a lightning round quick questions quick answers and a variety of subjects how do you feel about President Obama naming a lane a -- To be -- if -- if confirmed the third woman justice serving on the Supreme Court at the same time.
I think it's great I'm really glad that -- -- and will be three if she's confirmed.
I like to have women on the Supreme Court it is an accident I think it does make a difference -- you know I just like women to be represented in all.
That parts of of American political and civic life.
In his memoir.
Karl Rove writes I don't know if you know -- he writes that he never knew where he stood with that at this -- get in that -- well I was gonna say he says he believes that you purposely kept him off balance.
As a way that didn't it keep him in -- and the manager.
Well I didn't you know that's that it that part is really not true I didn't purposely keeping that way.
I'll let you -- about what would you say there you that he never knew where he stood with that I think is because he.
I don't know why would say that really -- I think there was a certainty -- -- -- That he felt when I was around because I think he thought I would say -- -- -- thought.
To George that -- that from -- in 2004.
And you talk in the book you.
Talk to your husband about not making gay marriage.
A big issue in the -- election can.
Well because I think what happens on big essentially she's like that is the debate in.
Denigrating a certain group of people.
And I think that's also what's happening on the immigration debate another hot button issue where instead of having it be a debate what the laws are.
It ends up making a group of people -- feel like they're the target of the -- Milan have to ask you since you brought it up are you unhappy with the Arizona law will not necessarily mean I think we have to have -- immigration laws and you know that's a really important part of that -- is that the debate about -- immigration laws about Arizona's law.
In at targeting -- someone what a group you were identical and it's this is not live in American history.
Have there been many groups of immigrants who've been targeted over.
All of our history.
About Irish for instance when a lot of Irish immigrants -- -- my family.
I came to the United States and other parents and it's just it that set try to negativism that -- shows have been in American.
In American history and a lot of different -- should gays.
Be allowed to marry.
Well I think what I really believe it's that it's something that is so difficult it's a very very difficult issue for very many people.
Because the marriage between a man and a woman is so -- the middle.
To our civic life far all of our history for the history at humans.
And it's a debate that I think people want to have but I hope they have it in a way that.
At protects people and in many ways I think it's generational.
And that gay gay -- will -- America will come out and -- you OK with -- a look.
Do you think gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military without Don't Ask Don't Tell but I think that's just something else that the military and -- yes you know legislators -- have to talk -- that and figure out what Israeli bass for the united states military.
Give an opinion on not really Coca.
I wanted to -- briefly about life after the White House how difficult was it for your husband -- whole world's problems on his desk one day.
And then the next day not have not been.
I'm sure it was really difficult he didn't act like it's so much we stop in Atlanta on our way home on January 20.
And and were met at 30000 of our closest Midland Koreans and which was really fun and it's when it's over it's over.
I have George was when we drove up to the -- she was the one that was -- Unloading -- bags and putting the bicycles and that.
Garage -- you know doing everything that -- when some someone else would have done press before.
And then getting the coffee for -- the next morning -- indicating that he kind of didn't remember how to.
When the copying machine after.
Eight years of not making coffee but no feeling of I'm sure there was a big transition there's no doubt about it but we were there any could ride his mountain bike every single day -- I think that can exercise has always helped him.
You know get get it together and we both had -- contracts and we both started working on the books are books.
And there was something great about that as well it gave us this chance to reflect on.
That eight years -- before and to sort of sit back.
And look at the eight years and I think all of those were helpful in in the transition and and finally it at the very end of your book you say.
I could at last expects -- Who who really after eight years well I didn't realize that I didn't know that while I was there it was only when I was home.
And with and you know even at night going to bed and thinking now what I have to do to -- to -- kind of go over my.
Schedule and prepare hard and then realize I didn't really have any obligations the next thing.
That's when I could exhale and man.
And the other was it really it's sort of the boy -- -- -- freedom that I found this hyper vigilance.
This worry about our troops all the time that we still worried that mean that didn't stop.
But at the worry about the and the worry about another tragedy the worry about it hurricane in the worry about all the more incidents -- worries that that that the president of the United States worries about.
This bush who want to thank you so much for talking with us and we want to thank you for your service -- for the very rich.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- bush also talks about how he conquered her fear of public speaking you can find out at our website FOX News Sunday dot com and later in this job.
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