First Lady on First Gentleman

By Jordan Hultine

Jul 25, 2007 3:02pm

USA Today’s ‘On Politics’ blog reports: USA Today’s Kathy Kiely wonders if Laura Bush knows something we don’t know. The first lady, appearing at the National Press Club today, said there is no written job description for first lady "or first gentleman, if there’s going to be one."

As well there could be, if New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton were to win the Democratic nomination and the White House. Maybe her husband, the former president, would adopt the title suggested by Gary Sebelius, spouse of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He likes "first dude."

Bush was at the press club to promote U.S. aid programs for Africa. Kiely passes on one of her recommendations: Everyone should get an AIDS test as part of their regular medical checkup.

Bush praised a Howard University hospital program offering AIDS tests to everyone who shows up, "whether you come in with a broken arm or you’re there for a facelift," Kiely reports. She says the first lady also praised the "ABC" approach to fighting AIDS that’s used by some programs in Africa: abstinence, being faithful, and correct and consistent use of condoms.

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