Turtle Profile: Laura Bush
“Politics is a people business. I like people.” –Laura Bush (self-decribed introvert)
Laura Bush is a self-described turtle (introverted type). At the 2005 White House Correspondents’ dinner, the former first lady said, “George and I are complete opposites. I’m quiet, he’s talkative. I’m introverted, he’s extroverted. I can pronounce nuclear [laughter]… I was a librarian who spent 12 hours a day in the library. yet, somehow, I met George.” Turtles are inwardly focused, idea-oriented, and guided by internal values. They enjoy solitude, must understand life in order to live it, and prefer to think before acting. They say, “never take down a fence until you know why it was put up.” Like many turtles, Laura Bush is sociable and loves people.
|During her five years in the Governor's Mansion, she did not hold a single formal event, and she does not plan to begin social posturing in the White House… She only speaks out when necessary, on issues close to her heart. CNN.com||Inwardly Focused|
|She demanded that her personal life and the lives of her family remain private. While she agreed to take on the role of political wife, she made her husband promise that she would never have to give a speech — a promise long since broken… George W., 54, once said, "I have the best wife for the line of work that I'm in. She doesn't try to steal the limelight." CNN.com||Enjoy Solitude|
|Upon meeting her husband's grandmother, Dorothy Walker Bush, Laura answered bluntly, "I read," when asked what she did for a living. CNN.com||Must Understand It to Live It|
|The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone. –Laura Bush Quotes.com||Idea-Oriented|
|Says Houston Chronicle columnist Julie Mason: "People who dismiss Laura Bush as a mousy librarian are missing her key role. She's the iron rod at her husband's back. She keeps him from going too far off the deep end when he gets all caught up in his cock-of-the-walk behavior." "People.com 06/05/1998" USA Today's Stone wrote that Bush, "has had a quiet reputation similar to Mamie Eisenhower's. But when it comes to talking policy with her husband and speaking out on issues close to her heart, Bush may be closer to her predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton." Encyclopedia.com||Think Before Acting|
|The self-described introvert isn't shy about issues she cares for passionately — literacy, early childhood development programs and education. CNN.com||Guided by Internal Values|
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