ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: The President and First Lady sat down last week for their annual interview with People featured in their end-of-year issue now on newsstands. (Note: The Bush’s did not get the cover; that honor went to another internationally-known couple: Brad and Angelina.)
In the issue, Bush makes his first on-the-record comments on the Mary Cheney pregnancy.
Responding to a question about his 2005 comment that "a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman", the President said that the Vice President’s openly gay daughter is going to be "a loving soul to her child".
“The Vice President took me aside and gave me the good news. He and his wife, Lynne, are very happy for Mary,” Bush said. “I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I’m happy for her.”
The President also said there is no doubt in his mind that a woman candidate could be president, and the First Lady agreed. Mrs. Bush referenced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and noted that while she would be a "really good candidate", Rice is not interested in the job.
"Probably because she is single, her parents are no longer living, she’s an only child. You need a very supportive family and supportive friends to have this job," the First Lady said.
In response to a reader question about contributing to society post-presidency, the President mentioned HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives and the "Freedom Agenda" but said that he will think about that course after his presidency.
“I’ve got so much on my mind, and this job is so exciting that it’s really hard to settle down and plan the next 10 years of our life.”
People’s interviewer also mentioned that readers had asked if he takes sleep aids. Bush said generally not, but he does occasionally when he travels.
“I must tell you, I’m sleeping a lot better than people would assume,” he said.
He said he drinks a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and drinks a lot of water and, of course, no alcohol.
“I don’t drink alcohol. I can remember when I used to drink, I had trouble sleeping at night,” the President said.