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A Book Deal for the First Lady

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It's official: First lady Laura Bush will pen a memoir.

Publishing house Scribner secured the coveted contract and said today the book should hit shelves in 2010. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, declined to tell the Associated Press how much Bush is being paid for the book, but past deals involving first ladies have carried multimillion-dollar payouts. And McDonough said the first lady would work with a collaborator (but one hasn't been selected).

The book deal was negotiated by -- who else? -- Washington uber-lawyer Bob Barnett, whose many clients include former president Bill Clinton and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy. Barnett told AP that Bush "has said she wants to get right to work on this project when she leaves the White House. It is a high priority for her."

President Bush said last year that he, too, wants to write a book. Publishers, noting his poor approval ratings, have urged him to wait.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
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George W. Bush can't run a one-man hotdog stand let alone write a book. We'll wait for the movie.

Posted by: justhere | January 5, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

After bailing out the auto industry, it's nice to see that the Bush Administration is also planning a stimulus for the recycled paper pulp industry.

Posted by: HughBriss | January 5, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why have I never noticed before that Laura Bush looks like Butthead of Beavis & Butthead? Different hair but same face...

Posted by: Its_the_Truth_Anyhow | January 5, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

In all these years that they've been in the news, I've never seen one photo of President Bush looking directly into the eyes of the First Lady. Does the Washington Post have such a photo? If he could look directly into Putin's eyes, why doesn't he ever look his own wife in the eye?

Posted by: plainjane | January 6, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe anyone will want to read Laura's book, although I suppose there may be some historical interest in the viewpoint of the wife of the worst American president. As for Dubya "writing" any kind of book? Ha, ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Posted by: tobeimeanpeter | January 6, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Of course we all know GW isn't bright enough to actually write a book, but maybe he can draw the stick figures?

Posted by: karlastephens | January 6, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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