CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2001 |
Noelia Rodriguez, one of Mayor Richard Riordan's most trusted aides and most recently head of Los Angeles' Democratic National Convention host committee, is trading City Hall for the White House to be Laura Bush's press secretary. The Texas-born Democrat was offered the position Thursday after meeting with the next first lady in Austin. Rodriguez plans to leave for Washington immediately to coordinate news media relations for Bush, who officially moves into the White House on Jan. 20.
October 10, 2001 |
When the first jet dove into the World Trade Center that Tuesday morning, Laura Bush was upstairs in the official residence, preparing to become only the fourth first lady in history to address a committee of Congress. When the second plane followed 16 minutes later, she was in a motorcade on the way to the Capitol, well aware that the remarks on early education she had practiced the night before would not be delivered that day.
January 8, 2001 |
Look no further than Laura Bush's inaugural ball gown for signs that the Republicans are back. The soon-to-be first lady will appear at the Jan. 20 balls in a floor-sweeping, figure-hugging Republican-red gown encrusted with crystal-beaded Chantilly lace. Red figures prominently in the inaugural wardrobe of five suits and three evening gowns, all designed by Dallas couturier Michael Faircloth, who is largely unknown outside of that city.
February 16, 2004 |
Statuesque women in black ski pants and white fur boots wave the fashionable and the wannabes into the tents on Seventh Avenue. Inside, models with pursed lips and pencil-thin spiked heels parade down runways throwing hips to each side of the room. At a podium surrounded by red dresses, a dozen television cameras and a gaggle of photographers crowd for a front-row view.
February 3, 2005 |
First Lady Laura Bush, a popular figure and a potent campaigner for her husband's reelection, is taking her first official policy role of the administration: She will oversee a new program to assist troubled boys and curb gang violence. The program, announced Wednesday by President Bush during his State of the Union address, is to funnel $150 million over three years to churches and other community groups that mentor at-risk children, particularly boys ages 8 to 17 in cities prone to gangs.
March 8, 2005 |
As the quarter-mile-long presidential motorcade pulled up at the Community College of Allegheny County on Monday, hundreds of Bush supporters waited excitedly for a White House-sponsored event to highlight one of the president's priorities. But as the program on the $150-million initiative to curb gang violence commenced, it became clear that the VIP of the day was the first lady. President Bush had come to Pennsylvania to play second fiddle, serving as Laura Bush's warmup act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2002 |
In an art classroom in North Hollywood with 21 wide-eyed children Monday, First Lady Laura Bush promoted a local after-school education program, calling it a model for the nation. "If you heard President Bush's education bill, he's very interested in great after-school programs like this one," Bush said to kindergarten through fifth-grade students and a swarm of media at Fair Avenue Elementary School.
December 23, 2006 |
Southern Methodist University has all but won the competition to host the George W. Bush presidential library, with officials announcing this week that the school will be the "sole focus" of talks next month. That means the two other finalists -- Baylor University and the University of Dallas -- will wait on the sidelines as the selection committee enters what Chairman Don Evans in a statement called the "next phase of deliberations." A final decision may come in late January or early February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 |
First Lady Laura Bush visited Limerick Avenue Elementary School on Wednesday and gave students and staff high marks for their efforts to improve reading skills on the west San Fernando Valley campus. As the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign shifts into gear, the first lady politely answered reporters' questions about her husband's administration and the Democratic presidential hopefuls, but she kept her focus on reading.
September 18, 2001 |
First Lady Laura Bush came to the rolling hills of rural Pennsylvania on Monday to offer solace to the families of the passengers and crew who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed here in a barren field. In turn, she was overwhelmed with expressions of gratitude from those closest to the men and women hailed as heroes for their efforts to thwart a fourth assault on a major American landmark.