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Laura Bush

Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, and was the First Lady from 2001 to 2009.
Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education, and took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian.
Bush is of English, French, and Swiss ancestry. Her father was a home builder and later successful real estate developer, while her mother worked as the bookkeeper for her father's business.
911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.
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911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Mrs. Laura Bush listens Tuesday, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center. Also pic... more

National Awards for Museum and Library Service - First Lady Barbara Bush

Original Date/Caption: January2004-NationalAwardsforMuseumandLibraryServiceat Digital Photographs Relating to Commission Activities and Personnel

First Lady Laura Bush at National Awards for Museum and Library Service

Original Date/Caption: October2002-NationalAwardsforMuseumandLibraryServiceat Digital Photographs Relating to Commission Activities and Personnel

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with 2001 National Medal of Arts Recipient Johnny Cash

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with 2001 National Medal of Arts recipient Johnny Cash during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Photographs Related to the ... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with Members of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

This photograph depicts President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, where the Alvin Ailey Dance ... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with 2001 National Medal of Arts Recipient Helen Frankenthaler

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with 2001 National Medal of Arts recipient Helen Frankenthaler during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Photographs Related... more

Mrs. Laura Bush Greets Governor Habiba Sarabi

Original caption: Original caption: Mrs. Laura Bush is greeted by Governor Habiba Sarabi after arriving in Bamiyan province of Afghanistan. Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with 2001 National Medal of Arts Recipient Kirk Douglas

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with 2001 National Medal of Arts recipient Kirk Douglas during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Photographs Related to the... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with 2001 National Medal of Humanities Recipient Jose Cisneros

In this photograph Mrs. Laura Bush looks on as President George W. Bush puts his arm around 2001 National Medal of Humanities recipient Jose Cisneros during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Ph... more

Mrs. Laura Bush Speaks with Faculty and Students in Afghanistan

Original caption: Original caption: Mrs. Laura Bush speaks with faculty and students from Afghan universities and international schools during an unannounced visit to Kabul. Attending the meeting were represent... more

Mrs. Laura Bush Walks through the Snow in the Rose Garden with Barney and Spot

Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

US President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush arrive at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jack Braden, USAF Release Status... more

Shot of President George W. Bush as he thanks the airman of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for their service to their country. President and Mrs. Laura Bush landed at Langley on their way to the christening ceremony of the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (not shown) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jack Braden, USAF Release Status... more

The Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Honor Guard hoist the colors up high as US President George W. Bush and the first lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, come down the steps of Air Force One

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Quinton Burris, USAF Release Sta... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Decorate the Oval Office

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush consider a selection of paintings and fabric swatches in the Oval Office. Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Decorate the Oval Office

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush look at a design for the Oval Office rug. Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with Mexico's President Vicente Fox and Mrs. Martha Sahagun de Fox at State Dinner Arrival

Original caption: Original caption: After arriving at the White House for a State Dinner, President Vicente Fox and Mrs. Martha Sahagun de Fox join President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush on the steps of t... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Greet Mexican President Vicente Fox and His Wife Martha Sahagun de Fox

Original caption: Original caption: President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush greet Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Martha Sahagun de Fox Sept. 5, 2001, at the North Portico of the White House. Ph... more

Mrs. Laura Bush with Children at the National Book Festival's Back to School Event

Original caption: Original caption: Mrs. Laura Bush poses with children participating in the National Book Festival's Back to School Event at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Photographs Related to t... more

911: Mrs. Laura Bush with Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Judd Gregg

Original caption: Original caption: Mrs. Laura Bush has coffee with Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Judd Gregg in Sen. Kennedy's office in the Senate Russell Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photographs Related t... more

911: President George W. Bush at National Cathedral

Original caption: President George W. Bush grasps the hand of his father, former President George H. W. Bush, after speaking at the service for America's National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National C... more

911: Mrs. Laura Bush at Memorial Service

Original caption: Mrs. Laura W. Bush greets firefighters and police at a memorial service for victims of United Flight 93 at the Indian Lake Resort in Central City, Pennsylvania. Photographs Related to the Geor... more

911: Mrs. Laura Bush at Memorial Service

Original caption: Joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and Mrs. Michele Ridge, Mrs. Laura W. Bush delivers remarks at a memorial service for the victims of United Flight 93 in Central City, Pennsylvania. P... more

911: Mrs. Laura Bush Delivers Remarks at Kennedy Center

Original caption: Sen. Ted Kennedy applauds as Mrs. Laura Bush delivers remarks at a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in memory of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Unit... more

911: Mrs. Laura W. Bush Visits New York City Firehouse

Original caption: Mrs. Laura Bush and Libby Pataki, wife of New York Governor George Pataki, place sunflowers at a memorial at Battalion 9 Firehouse in New York City, honoring the firefighters who died at the W... more

Mrs. Vicki Cody, wife of US Army (USA) Major General (MGEN) Richard A. Cody, Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, tips on what is on the menu at the Aviation Dining Facility, as US President George W. Bush and MGEN Cody talk

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Campbell State: Kentucky (KY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: FORSCOM Scene Camera Operator: Marshall W.... more

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Mrs. Laura Bush (right) watch as the President addresses a full house in Hangar 3 at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. He spoke about the role of Elmendorf AFB and Alaska in Operation NOBLE EAGLE and the war against terrorism

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Elmendorf Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Tony Lambert, USAF Release Statu... more

General (GEN) Thomas A. Schwartz, USA, Commander in CHIEF United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and Commander, United States Forces Korea, introduces the President of the United States during his visit to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. First Lady Laura Bush sits to the left of the image

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Osan Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Johnny Saldivar, USAF Release Status... more

Secretary of State Colin Powell (left), First Lady Laura Bush and US President George W. Bush visit American armed forces personnel at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Osan Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: SRA Chenzira Mallory, USAF Release Status... more

American armed forces personnel greet US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush during their visit to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Osan Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: SRA Chenzira Mallory, USAF Release Status... more

President Bush and Laura Bush Attend the Arts and Humanities Awards Ceremony with Yo-Yo Ma

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with cellist Yo-Yo Ma after presenting him with the 2001 National Medal of Arts during ceremonies at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. P... more

President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Marvin Bush, Andy Card and Kathleene Card Walk at Camp David

Original caption: President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush complete a four mile walk with brother Marvin Bush, left, Chief of Staff Andy Card and wife Kathleene after undergoing a colorectal screening... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush with Nancy Reagan

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Nancy Reagan and Dr. Richard Davis in the Red Room of the White House. Photographs Related to t... more

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush Greet Bill Cosby

In this photograph President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush greet Bill Cosby in the Red Room of the White House after he was honored with the 2002 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Photographs Related t... more

Mrs. Laura Bush Considers Sconces for the Cabinet Room

Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration

First Lady Laura Bush arriving at the podium at the announcement in Washington, D.C. of the launch of a new historic preservation initiative, Preserve America

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

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