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The former first couple has also devoted their time to

Mrs. Bush also reflected on her time as First Lady and

a new exhibit at the Bush library called “Presidential

the days her family spent in the White House. When

Retreats: Away from the White House.” The exhibit

she first came into the spotlight, reporters kept asking

gives an inside look into presidential retreats such as

her who she wanted to be. “I just want to be Laura

Camp David, Prairie Chapel Ranch, LBJ Ranch, and

Bush,” she would tell them. Mrs. Bush said she felt

Walker’s Point. The Bushes are also busy with the

people associated her identity with a 1950s housewife:

George W. Bush Institute which is “advancing policies

a pleasant, dutiful wife who kept opinions to herself.

that promote economic growth and strengthen our

But she did have a few things to share. “I believe every

competitiveness in the global economy.”

child should enjoy a quality education and safe and

Mrs. Bush said the best thing that has happened to them since leaving the White House is becoming grandparents. Mrs. Bush was full of pride as to discussed her adoration for her granddaughters, Mila and Poppy. She likened choosing a grandparent name to “choosing a name for your cat.” Her granddaughters call her “Mimi Maxwell” and President Bush is known as “Jefe,” which means chief or boss in Spanish. Mrs. Bush discussed her daughters, Jenna and Barbara. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for the Today show and Editor-at-large for Southern Living. “George says she’s continuing the Bush family tradition of warm relations with the media,” says Mrs. Bush. Barbara Pierce Bush Coyne is enjoying life as a newlywed. She co-founded and serves as a board chair for Global Health Corps, a leadership development organization working towards

happy childhood,” Mrs. Bush said. She emphasized literacy is essential to democracy and that her passion for children and education was with her long before her time as First Lady. Mrs. Bush taught at an innercity school but was not prepared for the difficulties her students faced every day. She saw children come to school hungry and many of their families were battling an uphill fight. She said the struggles children are continuing to face as the “greatest challenges of our time.” She said the challenges children are facing today are different: drugs, gangs, internet predators, dropout rates, single parents, parents in prison and they have fewer people to turn to for help. She emphasized young people need us in their lives and they need to know they are valued to be successful. “The problem is great, but greater still is our love for children,” Mrs. Bush said.

health equity. Mrs. Bush concluded her remarks by encouraging all attendees to continue to do what good they can in their community because “even little acts go a long way towards making our country great.” Junior League of Mobile was beyond honored to have Mrs. Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States, speak to our members and our community. “Mrs. Bush was delightful. We hope our community has been inspired to join, partner and donate to the Junior League of Mobile, “ said Sarah Bumgarner, JLM Public Relations Director. JLM members are already exploring potential speakers and excited to host this new annual event next spring. We hope you will join us for our next Community Luncheon in 2020! 18 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - SPRING 2019

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Junior League of Mobile - FOLIO Magazine - Spring 2019  

Serving as the voice of Junior League of Mobile, FOLIO - through feature stories, interviews and profiles - reports on the organization’s ac...

Junior League of Mobile - FOLIO Magazine - Spring 2019  

Serving as the voice of Junior League of Mobile, FOLIO - through feature stories, interviews and profiles - reports on the organization’s ac...