Not since Abigail Adams has one woman been both the wife and mother to a president. Barbara Bush's prominent place in American history is matched by her extraordinary popularity: Republicans and Democrats alike appreciate her wit, her compassion, and her devotion to her family. Dignified, loyal, and unpretentious, Barbara Bush defied skeptics to become one of the most admired First Ladies in history; she remains a beloved public figure today.
Reflections begins with the inauguration of her son President George W. Bush, in January 2001, and then flashes back eight years to President Clinton's inauguration, when she and her husband President George H.W. Bush were leaving the White House. Drawing on excerpts from her diary, Mrs. Bush chronologically takes us through this time in her life. She reveals her and her husband's inner lives through sometimes touching and often hilarious stories about their extensive travels, their hobbies, and their charity work. She discusses her experiences on the campaign trail with her sons, and relates her continuing interactions with VIPs from around the world. Mrs. Bush also reflects on the experience of having a president for a son and discusses the family's reactions to September 11, 2001, and its aftermath.
Reflections will delight Barbara Bush's millions of admirers with the former First Lady's warmth and wit, as well as with candid revelations and anecdotes from the past decade of a full and fascinating life.
©2003 Barbara Bush; 2003 Simon & Schuster
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