The First Lady
Laura Bush Invites Michelle Obama to Visit New Home
By Shailagh Murray
CHICAGO -- First Lady Laura Bush invited Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to the White House in the coming weeks to get a feel for their new abode. Obama accepted, and a trip will be scheduled soon.
In a telephone conversation this afternoon, Bush congratulated Obama and the two discussed life as a president's wife, according an account provided by the Obama campaign. Obama thanked Bush for her offer of help through the transition.
In interviews during the campaign, Obama has cited Bush as a role model for how she has handled a potentially perilous job with grace and a sense of purpose. Bush came to Obama's defense at a crucial moment, while she was being lambasted for the comment, "For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country."
In an interview on "Good Morning America," Bush said, "I think she probably meant 'I'm more proud'" and warned Obama, "you have to be very careful in what you say" on the campaign trail.
"That's one of the things you learn and that's one of the really difficult parts both of running for president and for being the spouse of the president, and that is everything you say is looked at and in many cases misconstrued," Bush said in the interview.
Meanwhile, President-elect Barack Obama remained in transition meetings throughout day, although he held an emotional conference call with hundreds of campaign aides in his Chicago headquarters and around the country.
He called the group "the best political team in history" that would be "shaping the world for years to come." He singled out his campaign manager David Plouffe for special praise. Unlike most senior Obama advisers, Plouffe is not expected to assume a White House role; for the time being at least, he will return to private life.
Plouffe encouraged the aides to remain in public service, calling the campaign "a pathway to how you make a difference in people's lives," according to participants in the call.
Posted at 8:26 PM ET on Nov 5, 2008
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