Laura Bush Backs President Obama On School Speech

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Former first lady Laura Bush says she supports President Barack Obama's decision to speak to the nation's school children.

In an interview with CNN, Mrs. Bush says Mr. Obama deserves the respect that goes with the office. She says there is a place for the president to encourage children to stay in school. She says parents and others also need to send that message.

Conservatives and others have charged President Obama with attempting to indoctrinate children. She says critics are within their rights, but decries extreme political partisanship. Mrs. Bush says people on the left and right are polarizing the nation.

Mrs. Bush also praises the president's performance under difficult circumstances.

She notes that her husband has refused to criticize the president because he believes the new president "deserves respect" and doesn't need "second guessing on the part of a former president."

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