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Former First Lady Signs Memoir In Waco

June 29, 2010

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Several hundred people showed up, some waiting outside for long hours, at the Books-A-Million yesterday for the chance to have Laura Bush autograph their copy of "Spoken From The Heart," Mrs. Bush's look back at her Midland childhood all the way to the White House. The supportive crowd featured a lot of educators, mothers and daughters, and fans eager to reminisce about the days when the president and first lady regularly brought attention to Central Texas. Deann Smith of Hewitt was on the planning committee for the Bush's welcome home party when they stopped in Waco the day George W. Bush left office.

Kim Bennett was eager to see the former first lady whose arrival to the area on helicopters or Air Force One was always an enjoyable experience. She was among those who braved the crowd to see Mrs. Bush, who was not made available to the media. The line moved very quickly, but attendees still got what they wanted, even if briefly: an audience with the former first lady and a greeting in addition to the signature.

Cynthia and Torri were one of the mother daughter combos at the event. Torri was just 8 years old when Bush was elected and at first was just along for the ride.

Meeting Mrs. Bush was an experience that Cynthia wanted to share with her daughter.Another mother their with her daughters was Jamie Mason, a former teacher at St. Alban's. She was one of a number of teachers who commented to Bush that they appreciated her advocacy for literacy, education, and libraries. Mason had a copy of the children's book that Laura co-wrote with daughter Jenna, and was thrilled to have her daughters Taylor and Kate alongside to meet someone she's tried to emulate.

Many attendees said they were just glad to have a member of the Bush family back in Waco and hope for an encore. George W. Bush's presidential memoir is scheduled to be released this fall; they'd like a crack at getting his signature too. You can learn more about "Spoken From The Heart" at npr.org. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.

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