Washington society turns out for Laura Bush book party
Tuesday's book party for Laura Bush at the Kuwaiti Embassy was an exclusive, intimate affair -- for 500 of her closest friends in D.C.
Everyone wanted to welcome the former first lady back to Washington in her debut as author of "Spoken From the Heart," her not-so-revealing memoir. Bush made a lot of friends in her eight years here with a discreet, low-key style, and she settled few scores in the book -- which guarantees very little gossip but a huge post-White House fan base.
"I'm thrilled to have the first book party on the day of publication at this beautiful home," she told the crowd.
The party was a bipartisan, VIP love fest. The co-hosts -- Salem and Rima Al-Sabah, Lea and Wayne Berman, Buffy and Bill Cafritz, Esther Coopersmith, Barbara Harrison and John Pyles, and Ann and Vernon Jordan -- emptied the Rolodex to harness their Democratic and Republican pals: Condi Rice, Debbie Dingell, Lucky Roosevelt, Ann Stock, Doro Bush, Andy Card, Trent Lott, Catherine Reynolds, Bob Barnett ... and that was just one corner.
Politics weren't on the table, said Coopersmith, a Democratic fundraiser. "Lord, no. It's all about her great work for literacy and children. She's incredible."
Bush, slimmer than ever in a gold pantsuit, was accompanied by daughter Jenna Bush Hager -- looking va-va-voomy in a black top, gold sequined Oscar de la Renta miniskirt and high heels. The first group they greeted at the party were members of the White House residence staff -- butlers, ushers, curators and others who work for the first family every day.
Most of the party was devoted to a huge line of people who waited for a hug or mini-chat with the guest of honor. As a surprise, Marvin Hamlisch composed a song using the title of the book.
"It's a sweet, nice ballad to say thank you," he told us. Of course it was. You expected anything else?
The Reliable Source
May 5, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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