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Laura Bush, Former First Lady, Extends Advice to Newest Successors

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Laura Bush, spouse to the 43rd President of the United States, spoke to “CBS This Morning” Monday, claiming that First Ladies should know the true impact and power of their position within the White House.

To really pack a punch in the Oval Office, Bush claims sticking with your roots may be best.

"Start with what you know," she explained in the interview. Originally a librarian, she became a teacher prior to coming to the White House. Because of this, she decided to focus on literacy and strove to found the First National Book Festival, only days before 9/11.

Nevertheless, being the First Lady is hard work, and Bush notes that there is no rule book for being FLOTUS. She felt lucky to have been able to watch her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, serve as first lady for a term back in the early 90s.

“Part of the problem is that first ladies are not elected,” Bush said. “And in many cases, they don’t have an institutionalized role; but in the United States, we do, and have, really, from the beginning.”

Bush understands the “slight sigh of relief" when you leave the White House, because of a large amount of responsibility placed on you as the First Lady.

According to CBS, after asking what her proudest achievement was as First Lady, Bush paused, claiming she never really thought about it before, but “mentioned the beginning of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council to shine a light on the women in Afghanistan who'd previously been left out of public life”.

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