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February 3, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
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.
December 23, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
The first 100 days of Laura Bush in the role of first lady have been mostly beige. They have been professional, tidy and stylistically unremarkable. Ever since wearing a purple plaid Michael Faircloth suit in December, before she and President Bush had moved into the White House, she has steered clear of anything distinctive.
March 8, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
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.
May 10, 2002 | From Associated Press
The first time Laura Bush traveled to Europe, she was just out of college and on one of those seven-day, 17-country trips by bus and train. She returns next week by Air Force jet for an official tour of Paris, Hungary and the Czech Republic with her daughter Jenna. Laura Bush, who leaves Monday for 10 days on her first international mission without her husband, wants to highlight U.S.-led efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.
May 20, 2004 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Making what has become a compulsory stop on the campaign trail of the 21st century, First Lady Laura Bush appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Burbank on Wednesday, and surprised the comedian when she told him that reading newspapers was a daily ritual in the White House. In response to a question about what her typical day was like, Bush said, "We get up really early ... about 5:30. He goes in and gets the coffee and we drink coffee and read the newspapers.
January 12, 2005 | Robin Givhan, Washington Post
The inaugural gown that First Lady Laura Bush will wear next week is an ice blue and silver embroidered tulle V-neck dress with a matching duchess satin coat by Seventh Avenue designer Oscar de la Renta. The gown is youthful and feminine, not sexy -- the epitome of good taste. But it is almost overshadowed by the glamorous day suit that De la Renta created for the swearing-in ceremony.
May 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Protesters jostled and harangued First Lady Laura Bush on Sunday when she visited a Jerusalem shrine at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "How dare you come in here! Why your husband kill Muslims?" one protester shouted at the first lady at the Dome of the Rock mosque as Israeli police and U.S. Secret Service agents formed a tight cordon around her. For Bush, on a Middle East goodwill tour, it was a rare, close encounter with hostile demonstrators.
Introduced to a roaring crowd as the "most admired woman in the United States," former First Lady Barbara Bush hit the campaign trail Wednesday to help her son woo the female voters who have been slow to embrace the Republican candidate. Kicking off a bus tour called "W Stands for Women"--a reference to George W.
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