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Bush, Laura (1946–)

Laura Welch Bush, First Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009, has been one of the most wellliked first ladies in recent history. She has used her popularity on the campaign trail, as well as to promote causes ranging from education and literacy to women's health.

Laura Welch was working as a school librarian when she met George W. Bush in 1977; the two married a few months later. In speeches, Bush often tells audiences that she agreed to marry her future husband only after he promised that she would never have to give a political speech. He broke that promise just a few months after their wedding when he ran for his first political office, and she has been giving speeches ever since. ...

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