A Pillow Away From The President

Laura Bush's sense of calm spills over to him, and so to a nation

Hillary Clinton wore us out, something the current First Lady will never do. As soothing as a warm bath, Laura Bush came into the Diplomatic Room of the White House at 11 a.m. last Wednesday, after being up since 5:30 a.m., when the President brought her coffee and papers in bed, and fresh from hosting a Starlight Children's Foundation event. She was squeezing in 45 minutes with TIME before getting ready for two Christmas receptions (at which she would shake 900 hands in four hours) and prepping for a Meet the Press interview.

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