At Home With Laura

Loyal but self-assured, the next First Lady is going to surprise us, says a journalist who knows her well

The Supreme Court had made its decision the night before, and on Dec. 13 Laura Bush's husband would claim the presidency. But for weeks another meeting had been scheduled at the Governor's mansion for that same Wednesday night. It was to be the final report on this year's Texas Book Festival, an event that Laura had begun and shepherded for five years. So from 5:30 to just after 7, while her husband prepared his victory speech and waited for a phone call from Vice President Al Gore, Laura sat with some 60 people and listened to reports about book sales, concession...

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