Washington D. C., Feb. 20 : President Barack Obama was one of those many Americans whom honoured and mourned the demise of author Harper Lee, announced on February 19.
The author of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', who died at the age of 89, was once declared by the US president as an author "who changed America for the better" with her works, reports the Guardian.
The Obama family in a statement said Lee never wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for an award or famer, rather "she was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it."
"But what that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves," the statement added.
Washington, May 13 : Kanye West is no longer 'The College Dropout,' as he has finally been to graduation with an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In his speech at the commencement ceremony, the 37-year-old rapper, who "didn't know the former US President was an artist," said that George Bush has some very cool self-portraits, People Magazine reported.
The comment came after the 'Stronger' singer, who didn't mention Bush, said "I'm sorry is something that you can use a lot. It gives you opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it, and give your opinion again. People say you should not be sorry for your opinions." (ANI)
Washington, Apr 18 : The former US President George W. Bush's wife Laura Bush has revealed new details about his painting hobby .
The 68-year-old former first lady said in an interview that they have had an artist's studio constructed at their ranch in Texas and that her husband's latest project is a big series of prickly pear cactus, the ABC News reported.
Bush added that painting has been a lot of fun and very engaging for her husband and now that they have the new studio at the ranch, he can paint there more.
She continued that her husband, who "has teachers," might give one of his cactus paintings to Karen Hughes, who served in the Bush administration, for her house in Santa Fe. (ANI)
Washington, Nov 14 - the former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton got engaged in a light-hearted "war of words" on their social media accounts.
The 68-year-old 42nd US President took it to his Twitter account to say "Received my copy of #41 by #43, George W. Bush. Touching tribute! #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnTwitter #PresidentialTweeters," ABC News reported.
Washington, Oct 16 : George W. Bush, who has a lot of time on his hands since he left the Oval office, is keeping himself busy by taking up painting.
According to the New York Magazine, the 66-year-old former US President mostly does portraits of dogs and arid Texas landscapes.
"I find it stunning that he has the patience to sit and take instruction and paint," the Politico quoted a former aide as telling the publication.
Bush, whose second term concluded almost four years ago, does have an institute bearing his name at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and he travels frequently to Africa.
Washington, July 18 : George W Bush has made it abundantly clear that although it was "awesome" being president for eight years, he doesn't miss life in political office.
The former US President said during a recent interview that he "crawled out of the swamp" and isn't headed back in.
"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful," Politico quoted him as saying.
"But I have no desire for fame and power anymore. . I crawled out of the swamp and I'm not crawling back in," he added. (ANI)
Washington, May 19 : Former U. S. President George W. Bush is expected to return to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait honored by sitting President Barack Obama later this month, both Bush''s office and the White House confirmed Friday.
The White House said Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will return to the White House on May 31 for the release of their portraits.
Bush''s office spokesman Freddy Ford said, "the Bushes are looking forward to being back in Washington and seeing a lot of their friends. They appreciate the Obamas'' hospitality in hosting the portrait hanging."
Washington, Apr 11 : Former US President George Bush has said that he hosts mountain biking and golf outings for veterans because he likes to keep in contact with troops.
However, the former commander in chief revealed that he doesn't always hold his own against the war heroes.
"You know, I love to mountain bike ride," the LA Times quoted him as saying when he was talking about his outings.
"What I don't like to do is be beaten on a mountain bike ride by a one-legged veteran, but it's likely to happen," he added.
Washington, Dec 15 : US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the Iraq War by lauding the "extraordinary achievement" of his country’s troops.
He paid tribute to the slain soldiers and their families in a speech at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
"Tomorrow the colours of the United States Forces Iraq, the colours you fought under, will be formally cased in a ceremony in Baghdad. Then they''ll begin their journey across an ocean back home,” the BBC quoted Obama, as saying.
Washington, November 9 : Laura Bush, wife of former US president George Bush, joked about her husband's sense of style and her futile efforts to change it.
Honoured as Glamour magazine women of the year, Laura Bush and daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager accepted their award at Carnegie Hall on Monday night.
"Seven out of 10 women try to give their men serious makeovers," the Politico quoted Jenna Bush as reading out from Glamour.
Her mother then revealed that she had made efforts to do the same with Bush.
"I tried," Laura said. (ANI)
Washington, Oct 14 : Former US president George W. Bush has revealed that he would never participate in the televised dance competition ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
Bush, who recently passed on the offer to join the show, however said that if his predecessor, Bill Clinton ever decides to do it, then he would surely tune in to see his moves.
“Yeah, I''d watch him. “I’d watch him but I’m not going to go on ‘Dancing With the Stars,” Politico quoted him as telling The Insider.
Bush also joked about Clinton, saying that he would not be a strong competitor anyway calling him a “long shot.” (ANI)
47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.
"Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush's name while campaigning this year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
"But that doesn't mean that Americans regret their decision to put Obama in the White House in 2008. By a 50 to 42 percent margin, the public says that Obama has done a better job than Republican John McCain would have done if he had won.
London, Apr 26 : Former President George W Bush's book "Decision Points" which is not a traditional memoir but an account of key decisions in his life, will be released in November.
The publisher of the book "Decision Points: on Sunday unveiled its cover design and announced its release date.
The cover features a photo of then-President Bush alone with his thoughts, standing in the Rose Garden Colonnade, wearing a dark suit and holding a briefing book, his head turned slightly from the camera, The Telegraph reports.
Under a bill signed on October 15 by President Bush, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been authorized to add two space shuttle flights to the International Space Station and accelerate the development of a new moonship.
The $20.2 billion law requires NASA to develop technology such that the public can experience missions to the moon and Mars. NASA must also deliver a multimedia experience to the public, including high-definition video, 3-D images, and scientific data delivered over a high-bandwidth network.
In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, President George W. Bush has warned that the US was in the midst of a grave financial crisis that could push the economy into a long-term recession if the government did not act. This address was aimed at generating public support for the $700 billion financial bailout being negotiated with Congress. Bush said his ‘natural instinct’ was to oppose government intervention in the financial sector, but in the current financial turmoil that was not possible.
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