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  First Lady 'is White House power broker'
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Mar 25, 2006 11:55pm
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MediaNewspaper - Daily Telegraph
News DateSunday, March 26, 2006 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLaura Bush plays a much greater role in shaping White House policy, appointments and even budgets than previously acknowledged.

Mrs Bush, 59, has stayed largely in the background for the past five years. White House advisers have portrayed her as the "non-Hillary" - a reference to her predecessor, Mrs Clinton, who made no secret of her interest in public policy during her eight years as First Lady.

Laura Bush admits she and her husband discuss appointments
But a different picture of the influence the quietly spoken former Texas librarian exerts on her husband, President George W Bush, emerges in Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, to be published in America next week by Random House.
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