Former First Lady Laura Bush Returns to Midland

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's not everyday that a former first lady stops in the Tall City, but Laura Bush is more than just a former first lady - she's a hometown girl. The famous Midland native signed copies of her new book at the George W. Bush childhood home. As you can imagine, hundreds of people lined the streets hoping to meet her. Wednesday's book signing not only satisfied the fans, it also helped out the Bush childhood museum.

"We've been here since this morning, but we've stood in line since 1:00," Shirl Beeson and Joyce Flinchbaugh, who drove from Big Spring, said.

That line to meet Mrs. Bush was so long it stretched all the way down west Ohio Street in front of the Bush Childhood Home and wrapped around "G" Street.

"I'm nervous," Beeson said. "But I'm just going to say 'You're just a model person and if I could ever be like somebody, it would be somebody like her.'"

Not only did some of the folks NewsWest 9 talked to come out to see the former first lady in person, but many have already read her book and didn't hesitate when we asked about their favorite parts.

"I think the devotion that she showed to her mom and dad was touching and how the three of them always did everything together," Carolyn Russell, who waited in line, said.

"It kind of opened my eyes to stuff they don't tell you when they're in office until afterwards," Dan Martinez, who drove from Eldorado, said. "Hopefully nothing happens to our President now with threats and stuff."

Bush Childhood Home volunteers told NewsWest 9, they ordered 1,000 copies of Mrs. Bush's new book called "Spoken from the Heart." All of the proceeds went to benefit the museum - something they say will create new opportunities.

"It's going to help," Gayle Dodson, Volunteer Coordinator for Bush Childhood Home, said. "There's so many things we need and so many things we need to add to. It's just wonderful. The more successful events we have, the better of we're going to be."

The book signing not only raised about $30,000, but it also gave the museum quite a bit of exposure locally and nationally. One of the things they're hoping to do is add more authentic pieces from the time the Bush family lived at the home during the early 1950's.