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Laura Bush visits White House

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First Lady Melania Trump shows former First Lady Laura Bush the gingerbread house during a Christmas tour Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House photo)

First Lady Melanie Trump hosted former First Lady Laura Bush and a couple of dozen members of the extended Bush family, at the White House on Tuesday.

Mrs. Bush spent some of her time reconnecting with official residence staff of the White House, who took care of her and President George W. Bush during their eight years in office.

Mrs. Bush was in Washington for the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush, who died last week at age 94.

The Bushes accompanied the elder Bush’s remains to the nation’s capital on Monday.  Subsequent to the state funeral service Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, he will be buried on Thursday in Texas.

“A sweet visit during this somber week,” is how Mrs. Bush’s Instagram account characterized the visit.

President Donald Trump had posted on Twitter on Tuesday that Mrs. Bush would visit.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, outside the Blair House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Trump and his wife also went to Blair House, the official guest residence across the street from the White House, on Tuesday afternoon to visit with George W. Bush and Laura Bush. Former President Bush greeted Melania Trump with a kiss outside Blair House; and he shook hands with Trump.


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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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