On NBC's Today show this morning Laura Bush talked extensively about the ongoing 'War AGainst Terrorism' which will last a very long time. She picked up on that theme when her husband bobbled abit not quite sure just how long and if the U.S. was going to win the war.
First Lady Promoting Husband As Warrior
Aug 31, 4:21 PM (ET)
By ANNE GEARAN
(AP) First lady Laura Bush, right, is greeted by her daughter Jenna Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004 at a luncheon...
NEW YORK (AP) - First lady Laura Bush, in a rare foray into foreign policy Tuesday, planned to present her husband as a commanding warrior against terrorism in a prime-time convention speech highlighting his leadership in "the most historic struggle my generation has ever known."
On a night when the convention's overarching theme was to be compassion, the first lady chose to address "the issue that I believe is most important for my own daughters, for all our families, and for our future: George's work to protect our country and defeat terror so that all children can grow up in a more peaceful world."
In excerpts of her speech released Tuesday morning, Mrs. Bush says: "I am so proud of the way George has led our country with strength and conviction."
"Our parents' generation confronted tyranny and liberated millions," the first lady says. "As we do the hard work of confronting today's threat - we can also be proud that 50 million more men, women and children live in freedom today thanks to the United States of America and our allies."
(AP) First lady Laura Bush points from the podium during a sound check at Madison Square Garden in New...
The first lady was to be introduced by her 22-year-old twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, late additions to the podium lineup.
"I think you'll see a very personal side to their remarks, a little bit of humor," said Susan Whitson, deputy communications director for the Bush campaign.
Four years ago, at the GOP convention in Philadelphia, Mrs. Bush delivered a warm testimonial to her husband, telling delegates her husband's values won't waver "with the winds of polls or politics." Four years earlier, Elizabeth Dole, wife of GOP nominee Bob Dole, spoke of her husband's humility and honesty, describing the unpublicized occasions when he has done things for the less fortunate.
In 1992, after the first Persian Gulf War, then-first lady Barbara Bush used her convention speech to chatter about her husband George and about raising kids. She talked about den mothering, carpooling, Little Leaguing. The focus was anything but waging war.
This time, this Mrs. Bush says her goal was to "answer the question that I believe many people would ask me if we sat down for a cup of coffee or ran into each other at the store: You know him better than anyone - you've seen things no one else has seen - why do you think we should re-elect your husband as president?"
(AP) Laura Bush, right, is greeted by her daughters Jenna, left, and Barbara, center, Tuesday, Aug. 31,...
Her answer to delegates: Bush's vision for a safer world, explaining, "we are living in the midst of the most historic struggle my generation has ever known. The stakes are so high."
Mrs. Bush made the rounds of the morning news shows in advance of her Madison Square Garden appearance.
"I'm going to talk about the vantage point that I have being so close to him and what I've seen over the last four years and how important it is to re-elect him and how these times demand somebody with his personality and his resolve and his character," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Mrs. Bush defended her husband's comment that the war on terror can't be won, saying, "this isn't a war with a country where you're going to have a surrender at some point, but the fact is, as we look around the world, we are already winning the war on terror."
A day after those comments, Bush reversed himself Tuesday in a speech to the American Legion, saying, "We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start yet one that we will win."
(AP) Jenna, left, and Barbara Bush walk on stage Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004 at a luncheon held in her honor...
The first lady is seen as a potent political weapon for her husband, who often tells audiences that the best reason to vote for him is that a re-election victory means four more years of Laura Bush.
Two-thirds of voters have a favorable opinion of the first lady and 12 percent have an unfavorable view, recent polls show. Just over half have a favorable view of the president and more than 40 percent have an unfavorable one.
Before her convention speech, Bush was to address Republican women, with a joint introduction by her daughters. The twins have only recently begun campaigning for their father.
"We really protected them in every way we could before, in every other campaign," Mrs. Bush said on NBC's "Today.""We never used them in any political ads."
The recent college graduates are taking an active role now because it is their father's last campaign, she said.
"Now that they are almost 23 years old, they really wanted to be involved," she said. "They told us that they didn't want to tell their children when they were grown up that they never worked in any of his campaigns."
Mrs. Bush has appeared beside her husband during his past campaigns, but she is now spending more time at the campaign podium than ever before.