First Lady Reflects on Life at the White House

"I think my parents were very great when we were in college and our dad first became president, they were very protective of us and gave us -- encouraged the press to give us privacy and let us do whatever we felt like we wanted to do," she said. "And they've always encouraged us to follow whatever careers we want to do or explore whatever we're interested in and been supportive of all of our choices, which has been really fantastic."

Laura Bush on 'the Real George Bush'

Barbara Bush also spoke about meeting future first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama and introducing them to their new home.

"[Jenna and I] loved getting to be there when they first came to the White House and we can relate to everything that they're going through regardless of our age difference," she said. "There are only a certain number of people that have been the first children and we can relate to their fear about having to move and having to go to a new school."

"One thing that was really lucky is I have a twin sister," she added, "We're the same age, so we were always going through the same changes in life -- but I made really great friends that I trust still and that are really great friends of mine now."

"That was very helpful to them," said Mrs. Bush. "It really was, to have the emotional support of a sister the same age, going through the same thing, walking to the new school together, you know all of those things was very helpful for them."

When asked how she felt about leaving the White House, Mrs. Bush said: "You know, it's a job that, you know, has a term limit and especially we know this because we came on that day with George's dad … you know you will enjoy the last month or two that we have left and then we'll move home to Texas."

The first lady says she and her husband are looking forward to a normal life.

"I think it's eating out a lot and actually shopping yourself and cleaning and things I think that might be normal life."

When asked to reflect on how she thinks history should remember her husband's presidency, Mrs. Bush said, "I think the history book says he's a very, very strong president. A strong man that made difficult choices during times of great challenge in our country, kept our country safe, liberated other countries from oppressive regimes. I think he'll also be known for having a heart of gold, a compassionate person. I think that's the real George Bush that history will show."

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