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WORLD
July 15, 2006 | David Holley and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
President Bush launched four days of diplomacy here Friday by showing support for democracy activists, honoring World War II defenders of this city and dining with President Vladimir V. Putin on the eve of a summit of the Group of 8 industrialized countries. Bush told the activists that he preferred to raise concerns about democracy in Russia with Putin privately, rather than criticize his "friend" publicly.
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WORLD
June 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
After an elaborate welcome ceremony Thursday on the White House South Lawn, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush gave Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi a refurbished 1954 jukebox containing 25 songs by Elvis Presley, his favorite singer. "Prime Minister Koizumi searched the keys and found 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,' " the first lady said. "He and the president sang a duet."
NATIONAL
May 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
This year's college graduates face problems that lie beyond U.S. borders, because disasters elsewhere can't be ignored in a world so interconnected, First Lady Laura Bush said in an address to 900 graduates of Roger Williams University in Bristol. "You can't neglect millions of people around the world living under tyranny," Bush said, mentioning the tsunami in South Asia and genocide in Sudan.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Potential sites for the George W. Bush presidential library were narrowed to three when the selection committee in Lubbock eliminated a bid led by Texas Tech University. The decision pares the finalists to Southern Methodist University, Baylor University and the University of Dallas. SMU is the alma mater of first lady Laura Bush; Baylor is about 15 miles from Crawford, where the Bushes own a ranch.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2006 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's description of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives as a "plantation" continued making political waves Wednesday, with Laura Bush joining the fray. "I think it's ... a ridiculous comment," the first lady told reporters as she flew home after visiting Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria. Laura Bush became the latest Republican to take her White House predecessor to task.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
It will be three years before George W. Bush becomes an ex-commander in chief, but he's already boning up on the post-retirement adventures of the original Cowboy President. Bush is reading "When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House" by Patricia O'Toole while he relaxes at his Texas ranch during the week between Christmas and New Year's, the White House said Tuesday.
NATIONAL
October 4, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
When Harriet E. Miers sat down Sunday for supper with President Bush in the private quarters of the White House, she had an influential ally at the table: Laura Bush. Twice this summer, Mrs. Bush had publicly expressed the hope that her husband would name a woman to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Before the dinner of fried shrimp, polenta and chocolate mousse was over, the first lady's wish came true.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2005 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
Facing criticism that he appeared disengaged from the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina, President Bush has been looking for opportunities to show his concern. But the White House will take the effort a step further today, venturing into untested waters by putting the nation's first lady on reality television. Laura Bush will travel to storm-damaged Biloxi, Miss., to film a spot on the feel-good, wish-granting hit "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Mrs.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
First Lady Laura Bush hopes to send 5 million books to schools and libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with the help of donations at her book festival today. "No doubt many books were destroyed by the rain and floodwaters," she said at a gala Friday night for donors to the $1.5-million festival. "Family Bibles, scrapbooks, children's books that were cherished by parents and children alike," she said.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
After a six-month search, First Lady Laura Bush announced that Cristeta Comerford would be the new White House executive chef. A naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines, she will be the first woman and first minority in the post. Comerford has been an assistant chef at the White House for 10 years. She worked under former executive chef Walter Scheib, who resigned in February. Comerford, 42, has been trained in classic French techniques and specializes in ethnic and American cuisine.
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