Midlanders pack local library to meet Laura Bush

Midlanders pack local library to meet Laura Bush
Barbara Bush and Ashley Auburg's grandmother (Source: KWES).
Barbara Bush and Ashley Auburg's grandmother (Source: KWES).

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Former first lady Laura Bush made an appearance in the Tall City Thursday. She spoke at a fundraiser lunch for Bynum School and had a book signing for her new children's book.

Lines stretched out the door of the Midland County Library, all for a few seconds with the first lady.

"Very nice to meet you. I hope you like my book," Laura told a child as she signed books for fellow Midlanders.

"I wanted to bring my kids so that they could meet her and I just try to explain to them what the job of the first lady and the president really is," said Midlander, Evelyn Burgos.

Many parents bringing their kids to get a book signed, but one visitor had a more personal reason for wanting to meet the first lady.

"My grandmother, who is no longer with us, did some genealogical research and did some work for the Bush family," said Ashley Auburg.

Auburg's grandmother went to the White House during George H.W. Bush's presidency. She took pictures with the Barbara Bush and H.W.

When looking at the pictures, Auburg has always had so many questions.

"It's been on my heart and on my mind for a long time to want to know, which room this picture was taken in," said Auburg.

So, Auburg decided to take the two pictures to show to Laura and she finally got her answer.

"It's the Rose Room. It over looks where the president is," Auburg said.

Auburg says her grandmother also used to work for the Midland County Library before she died in 2004.

She says meeting Laura was more than getting an answer to a question she's had for years. It was a chance to meet one of her heroes and learn about the other.

"I've wanted to meet her for a long time to learn more stories about my grandmother. She truly is an amazing woman," said Auburg.

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