Laura Bush, the former first lady of the United States, recently spoke about her hopes for the next president. She took center stage, along with twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, at the Women in the World Summit in New York City.
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All of the ladies shared their thoughts on the 2016 Elections, and all agreed that they would never want to run for political office. However, when Laura Bush was asked what type of person she would want to be elected, she didn’t hesitate in answering. She talked about being on the Today Show, and the book she has written, We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope. She is also the founding co-chair of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, and her advocacy for the women of Afghanistan is tied into the presidential election. When Savannah Guthrie asked a pointed question, Bush gave a thoughtful answer, noted The Root.
“I want our next president—whoever he or she might be—to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan and who will continue the U.S. policies that are important for their success. And I think that’s really important that we continue to do what we’re committed to do as a country. And so that’s who I want, or the kind of people who will do that, and will pay attention to our history, and know what’s happened before and know specifically how we can continue to do the good things that we do around the world.”
The former first lady didn’t mention any names, but many who are following the election know that Hillary Clinton is the likely candidate who meets the qualifications. While serving as Secretary of State, Clinton made four visits to the country and previously advocated on behalf of women throughout the world.
Donald Trump has no policy on Afghanistan, and his rhetoric about the Middle East is inflammatory. Ted Cruz’s thought (singular thought) on Afghanistan is limited to the United States fighting terrorism there. Additionally, Trump’s ideas and words about the women of America have gotten him in trouble lately. So when thinking of who could possibly have an affinity for Afghan women, Clinton comes to mind.
Bush expressed her opinions on the role of the United States in foreign relations and why it’s important for Americans to have the right leader, per Fortune.
“[The U.S. has a tendency] to become sort of isolationist and xenophobic. I understand that Americans are angry and frustrated but we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration.”
Laura didn’t call out specific names, but many would say her words are an apt description of Trump-style behavior that other politicians say has incited the anger of frustrated individuals, resulting in frontrunner status for the real estate mogul.
Daughter Jenna spoke of how difficult it is to watch the elections. She commented on having a six-month-old baby, stating, “I worry about her future. You want smart, capable people to run but when it turns into this … ”
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Both Bush and Clinton have served as first ladies, and women’s issues are their priorities. One of the cover endorsements for Laura’s new book was written by the former Secretary of State, The Root also added.
“For over a decade, Laura Bush has been an ally and advocate for the women of Afghanistan and, in particular, has worked to ensure that the voices of Afghan women are heard.”
Despite speculations on a subtle endorsement from Laura Bush, a family spokesperson stated the media is trying to create an issue where there is none.
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