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Former First Lady Barbara bush goes on the record.
From the George Herbert Walker Bush presidential library in College Station, Texas.
It's nice to -- -- to -- I'm very flattered that you came down.
To help us celebrate our twentieth anniversary but really fun especially fun to be here in the library the library they -- -- -- spectacular isn't it great until proud for George to have this.
Wonderful -- -- you know -- when you walk up to build especially at night it's all lit up and of course we're lucky because it was sent.
-- and we get a private tour.
He get a taste history.
-- it was a wonderful life that he's had not shared so.
And it does show I think in this my friend there playing and time with the new land and time in China and congress.
Our first car that we had we took to west Texas and we've had a great life.
Let's find because it's not just that history that I am last -- -- -- -- it's also a little bit of a love story too because you know we see and we see your whole life in your whole life with the president and the children and then the wedding dress and dress everything -- that was amazing that was found -- thing but.
That I am in love with -- for the 64 years later pretty -- that's pretty evident.
So grab big celebration of Reading tomorrow tell me about this was going to be very exciting we have five -- And people -- worked very very hard and they have raised.
A ton of money I'm just beside myself.
I think they raised over.
Dollars which is in this -- common -- Amazing but it shows that people know how important it is.
To be able to read and for children to go to school.
And reading reading.
And for parents to be able to get jobs and so that's pretty exciting.
Well it's now one time -- been doing this for a number of years tell you haven't moving that funny years but fifteen years we've been doing celebration of Reading.
And it's not such a funny thing that we don't really have to work that hard people say as they walk out I haven't heard any downturn next you.
I think I'm not sure should really ask but I think.
Maybe 1700 people are gonna come.
So you've raised about what a million to 77000800.
-- -- which is just felt.
We have when he discussed a family understand this year we've got we are announcing tomorrow.
The ten big grants and I noticed that there -- almost all sixty the house.
Dollars and they go to family literacy programs where the children learn.
At the same time the parents are learning and then they spend maybe an hour together where that the mothers or fathers.
Or grandparents sometimes.
We read to their children.
As best they can have the children read to the grandparents but we think.
Is very important because.
Then the mother we'll check on the school.
We'll go to school meetings will know how important education is and in many cases the mother herself can't rates -- it.
That's -- or she's brushing up on her.
Reading says she can get -- job.
Yeah championship I hadn't really -- so you and I spoke first -- programs if he sits several generations where they can't read and and I guess that we have been so lucky with meeting that never could be people can't -- out.
Chat applications submitted I mean of course it's obvious but I never never thought I'd get rid medication bottles.
So that they might very well take the wrong pill -- give the wrong pill and I know their cases where.
People who can't read have given their siblings.
Or their children the wrong medication -- -- I mean it's not.
It it's it's.
It's universal plus will be a stronger country we're not going to be -- to compete with other countries if we can't read you have to know how to read today.
The added that celebration of green that you have.
And you've got -- that's it.
How haven't literacy what questions that did twenty years ago that you -- -- -- because you -- Every single year you and your question honestly I was -- -- literacy before that.
Because I knew George he's going to run for president.
And although people said president bought but anyway I knew he was and I decided I ought to do something that would help the most people.
Would not be controversial.
That's a generational thing I think and would not really cost the US government money although my George.
Did the illiteracy act of 1991.
And I'm very proud of that but.
I after running all summer I jogged in those days which probably explains the needs but.
If more people could read and write it be better for our country would make happier lives.
It would just everything I worried about would be better if more people could read write and understand.
And then of course there is that love of Reading the joy of rating.
With so many people are denied but so that's why --
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