Laura Bush to get multimillion memoir deal

The American people may not be feeling the love for W, but his wife Laura is still popular enough to command a seven figure advance for her memoirs. Book publishers are said to be visiting the White House trying to woo the first lady to pick their publishing house to work with. Laura Bush’s book is sure to be a bestseller and everyone wants a piece of that apple pie served with a perma-grin and detachment from reality:

“Laura is interviewing publishers who are bidding on her memoirs,” one biographer told Page Six. “The publishers are coming to the White House to meet with her and discuss the book.”

Those same literary poobahs see George W. Bush as literary poison for now. “Dubya is going to have to wait about five years,” a top publishing insider said. “He’s so unpopular at this point that there’s no market for any book by him. ”

Literary superagent Mort Janklow told us: “The wives of presidents generally write books that have a greater public interest. Wives usually write from a personal point of view – instead of talking about government policy, they talk about when the dog came to the White House and had to be paper-trained. Husbands usually try to rewrite history.”

Asked how long George should wait before shopping his memoir, Janklow quipped, “30 or 40 years might be good.”

Public relations guru Ken Sunshine, who was Mayor Dinkins’ chief of staff, said: “In time, there’ll be interest particularly in how it went sour. But right now, [Bush] is at such an abysmally low approval rating, I don’t think anybody thinks he could sell two books.” A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found 76 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush’s performance.

Another insider said: “Bill Clinton’s memoirs, published by Alfred A. Knopf, were hugely successful. Ronald Reagan’s were a financial disaster for Simon & Schuster. Bush is probably more of a financial risk for publishers at this point than either Clinton or Reagan.”

[From NY Post]

Maybe everyone is wondering what she’s thinking. Laura Bush has been admired by the public even as her husband’s approval rating dropped to bargain basement levels. A former school teach and librarian, Laura championed education, health and literacy during her tenure as first lady and managed to avoid the extreme controversy that dogged her husband. She did make a few careful statements that seemed to support his policies, but generally does not get involved in politics and just shows up for things looking impeccable and smiling.

Laura accepts her lot in life and plays her role to a T. I doubt she’s going to come out with any revelations or confirm her conflicted feelings about her husband’s failed policies, but people want to know if she has any, and will pour over her words looking for cracks in the facade. She serves as a kind of martyr figure for women who stand by their husbands no matter what. People are wondering how she does it, and want to know if she has enough self awareness to realize the sacrifices she’s made.

Laura Bush is shown on 11/10/08, 11/6/08 and 10/27/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. Jess says:

    Hrm. What it’s like to be married to a cokehead who became president to clean up his daddy’s mess.

  2. Zoe says:

    Aww, poor shy shy private Laura. 🙄

  3. Baholicious says:

    Ah, the sweet reward of the ‘long-suffering political wife’. I’m sure she’s earned the right to make a few shekels from her life with Bobo. You know, wiping the coke residue from his nose and their credit cards, constantly windexing every glass surface in their home, holding back his hair, stuff like that.

  4. tigerlille says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if she took the money and left her ld man?

  5. Mairead says:

    I wonder if she’ll reveal if Al Gore taped up a huge pro-Kyoto Agreement posters in every room and wallpapered the Presidential boudoir with the Greenpeace manifesto. And Chelsea Clinton jammed every single drawer and bookshelves full with copies of “It Takes A Village”? 😈

    (I like Hillary, but what little of that book I’ve read.. ech)

  6. Kaiser says:

    I’d actually be interested in reading it, and trust me, I’m no fan of her or her husband.

    But she’s such a genuine lover of literature, I imagine her memoir would be well-written and well-thought-out. And certainly not ghost-written.

    Am I the only one who thinks Laura has been self-medicating with booze and pills though?

  7. cara says:

    I abhor this vampire. I think she should spend the rest of her days working in homeless shelters, dishing out food to the hungry and cleaning bed pans of the invalids for the rest of her eternity,and for me….it still won’t be penance enough.

  8. RReedy says:

    Laura B has been a gracious first lady. The nation has a right to be proud of her. She is lovely and smart and promotes literacy and reading. Even if you don’t care for her husband, you have to give her a hand for the job she has done. It isn’t an easy place to be.

  9. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    I agree with a few of the above posts – I cannot stand G.W.B. but I always liked Laura. She is so dignified. She seems to value her family and truly care for the children of this country. The worst thing about her is him – always has been and always will be. I would read her book in hopes to get the slightest understanding of what the %#$* she sees in him!

  10. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    Oh, and Kaiser, I don’t think you’re far off the mark with the self-medicating. She probably has a secret stash of vicodin that she washes down with a nice chardonnay for nights where she just can’t take the crap anymore!!

  11. JaundiceMachine says:

    I think she self-medicates with the blood of young virgins.

    I’d borrow her memoir from the library, if I was low on Ambien, or Southern Comfort. Only as a last resort, though.
    I know the memoirs of an invertebrate would surely put me to sleep – but the high probability of night terrors makes me apprehensive, and I’ve already lost enough sleep over this farce of an administration.

  12. WTF?!?! says:

    A memoir is safer than an autobiography, because she can selectively gloss over or completely avoid her internat’l joke of a husband’s coke and alcohol abuse, and her own drunken vehicular manslaughter of a HS friend.

    Sounds like the perfect book to keep a credenza balanced.

  13. vdantev says:

    Working title,”In It For The Money: Why I Married a Stupid Megalomaniacal Dry Drunk with a Jesus Fixation

  14. Haystacks says:

    But she is so boring to listen too. She keeps the secrets of the White House locked tight, I am betting they will never see print.

  15. morgs says:

    Can’t stand her husband, but I really do like Laura Bush. Congratulations on your book deal. I hope she continues her work with education and childhood literacy.

  16. raven says:

    She’s smart and well read so it could be interesting. Heaven knows, someone is going to have to bring in a few bucks after they leave the WH. I doubt he’s capable of doing it.

    I read somewhere that they are selling the
    ranchette and building a new home in Dallas. He’s going to have to find another hobby besides riding his mountain bike.

  17. RaraAvis says:

    I would only read it if she talked about killing her boyfriend in high school.

  18. RAN says:

    I’ve ALWAYS disliked GWB so I’ve never paid any attention to his family – except when the girls got in trouble (mildly amusing). Evidently I’ve missed something pretty big… what happened to Laura Bush’s boyfriend in high school? Did we have another Chappaquiddick (sp?)

  19. Jinxy says:

    Well she can come clean about the boy she killed after he dumped her, and her rampant drunken rages! Great, another right wing loser trying to make a buck off the hardworking public. Where are the bullets when you need them? Laura bites dick.