Laura Bush defends Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama has a new defender from those who say she isn’t patriotic enough — First Lady Laura Bush. In an interview with ABC News, Bush said that Obama’s February remark that she was proud of the United States “for the first time in my adult life” was misconstrued.
“I think she probably meant ‘I’m more proud.’ That’s what she really meant,” Bush said from Afghanistan.
“You have to be really careful in what you say because everything you say is looked at and in many cases misconstrued,” she said.
Some commentators have said the remarks show that Obama, wife of likely Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, does not love her country.
Bush also praised her White House predecessor, Hillary Clinton, who formally ended her bid to be the first female president on Saturday.
“Well of course, I want the woman president to be a Republican woman,” Bush said, when asked whether she was sorry to see Clinton’s campaign end.
“But I will say I watched the campaign and I admired Hillary’s grit and strength,” she said.
“I have to say I had a lot of admiration for her endurance,” she added.
Bush, who has endured five political campaigns with her husband dating back to the 1970s, said she would not run for office herself.
Photo credit: Top: Reuters/Jason Reed (Barack and Michelle Obama board plane in Chicago recently); Bottom: Reuters/Larry Downing (Laura Bush visits Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan)