WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former first lady Laura Bush is defending President Obama's decision to address the nation's school children, telling CNN Monday that it is "really important for everyone to respect the President of the United States."
"I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same," she told CNN's Zain Verjee, in an interview set to air Monday on The Situation Room. "And that is encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have."
The former first lady added that she thought both Obama and her successor, Michelle Obama, had done good jobs since moving into the White House.
Let's face it, Laura was never thought of as an intellectual heavyweight. During her tenure as First Lady she often seemed a walking advertisement for benzodiazepines. But she did always support education, and it's good to see that she still does. It's just a little weird finding her on our side.