Born:George Walker Bush: July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas.
Laura Welch: November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas.
How George and Laura Met:
Laura: "When George and I met, it was as if two parallel lives suddenly converged. Our childhood memories, the places we had known, even many of our friends overlapped. We were like the last two pieces of a puzzle, our similarities and contradictions sized to fit. George was boisterous and loved to talk, while I've always been quieter ... From the start, our marriage was built on a powerful foundation of trust. We had been cut, as it were, from the same solid Permian Basin stone."
Source: Laura Bush. Spoken From the Heart. 2010. pg. 99.
They had 75 guests. They didn't have any bridesmaids, or groomsmen, or flower girls, or ring bearers. Their wedding invitations were printed by hand.
Their wedding reception luncheon was held at the Midland Racquet Club and their rehearsal dinner the night before was held "in the windowless basement ballroom of the new Hilton Hotel. Bar and George Bush had hosted it, and the menu was chicken and rice."
Source: Laura Bush. Spoken From the Heart. 2010. pg. 97.
George and Laura honeymooned in Cozumel, Mexico.
Ages at Marriage:
George: Served in Texas National Guard, CEO of oil and gas company, managing general partner of Texas Rangers baseball team, Texas governor from 1994-2000, U.S. President, 2000-2008.
Joe Hagan: "And what about George W. Bush? It’s unclear how the curators of his presidential library, which is slated to open next year at Southern Methodist University, will treat the ex-president’s life from 1968 to 1973. They’re unlikely to explore the finer details of his flight logs or offer any further information about his “lost year.” But his time flying planes in Texas during the height of the Vietnam War remains a defining part of his political biography nonetheless..."
Source: Joe Hagan. "Truth or Consequences." TexasMonthly.com. 5/2012.
Jenna married Henry Hager on May 10, 2008.
Laura has always been a Methodist.
Residence:George and Laura resided at the Whitehouse in Washington, D.C. from 2000-2008.
They own a ranch at Crawford, Texas and purchased a 4-bedroom home in the affluent Preston Hollow area of North Dallas. The 8,000-square-foot home was built in 1959. It has 4 1/2 bathrooms, a wet bar and a fireplace.
Source: Deb Riechmann. "President, first lady buying home in Dallas." SFGate.com. 12/4/08.
Quotes About Their Marriage:
Source: Nancy Perry Graham. "What's Next for George W. Bush?" AARP The Magazine. Jan/Feb 2011. pg. 66.
George W. Bush: "She's busy and I'm busy which makes our marriage not only interesting but exciting. But we always make time for each other ... I meant it when I said she was the greatest First Lady ever. Because she viewed the presidency and the First Lady as an opportunity to improve people's lives. She put her heart and soul into the experience, just like I did. So we had a shared experience. That makes a good marriage better."
Source: Alla Byrne. "George W. Bush Wants Grandkids -- Desperately." People.com. 11/10/10.
Laura about George's drinking: "I was not going to leave George, and I wasn't going to let him leave me with twins. Our marriage was enduring, we loved each other, and we were two people who did not have divorce in our DNA. But I was disappointed. And I let him know that I thought he could be a better man."
Source: Laura Bush. Spoken From the Heart. 2010. pg. 118.
George W. Bush: "I give her all the credit about why I can say a good marriage has gotten better."
Source: "Bushes Discuss Their Marriage and Mutual Love of Jigsaw Puzzles." HuffingtonPost.com. 12/04/08.
Laura: "George and I have learned one important thing: whatever happens in life, we handle it."
George W. Bush: "I saw an elegant beautiful woman who turned out not only to be elegant and beautiful, but very smart and willing to put up with my rough edges, and I must confess has smoothed them off over time."
Laura: "It was a small wedding, just about 75 people. It was in the church I'd been baptized in as a baby. So it was really a wonderful way to start a new marriage."
Laura: "We had known each other about 2-1/2 months," she says of the proposal, "but I knew I wanted to marry him."