Former first lady speaks at Feed Your Pink Side Luncheon


Former first lady Laura Bush and host of CBS’ “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer celebrated a 10-year partnership between Frogs for the Cure and Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth with lighthearted humor at the Feed Your Pink Side Luncheon today.

Schieffer began the event standing on stage next to a very large pink cake.

“We planned for this cake to shoot fireworks, but you know what happened Saturday, we ran out of fireworks!” Scheiffer said.

The TCU alum continued the event with personal stories about himself, his wife and his mother.

“I’m a cancer survivor,” Schieffer said. “My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer twice, before she was 35 years old. She’s here today and she’s 75. My mother died of breast cancer, and she died because she was afraid to go to the doctor. In those days, when people were told they had cancer, it was like oh, well, that’s the death penalty.”

Bush also acknowledged how much has changed.

“Back then, people didn’t talk about breast cancer,” Bush said. “They didn’t know about mammograms, or how to examine themselves.”

Bush spoke about her own family, namely her new grandchild. Her daughter, Jenna Bush, is looking for a nickname that her newborn can call her grandmother.

“It seems just grandma and grandpa have gone out of style,” Laura Bush said. “Now it’s like naming your cat.”

Laura Bush said that while her daughters suggested she should be called “Mimi Maxwell,” George Bush just wants to be called, “Sir.”

Bush also spoke about her daughter’s healthcare service, her husband’s new initiatives, and the importance of spreading information about breast cancer.

“Lifelong health begins with prevention,” Bush said. “By empowering women to take charge of their health, we are all forces to be reckoned with.”

During the question and answer portion, Bush answered questions from audience members read by Schieffer.

While discussing the possibility of Jeb Bush running for president, Schieffer joked that he had interviewed every president, “since George Washington.”

When asked what life was like after the presidency, Bush said she felt like she could breathe for the first time. She also said George Bush had taken up a new hobby.

“He had every problem in the world on his desk for eight years, and then nothing,” Bush said. “So he took up painting.”

Bush said he was pretty good, “for an amateur.”

Schieffer asked Bush if she had ever imagined that she would be where she is today.

Bush said that when she first married George Bush he was thinking about running for Senator and they made a prenuptial agreement that she would never have to give a political speech.

Schieffer said he once asked his wife Pat, “Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that your life would be what it is with me?”

She responded, “First off, you’re not in my wildest dreams.”

Chancellor’s Associate for Strategic Partnerships Ann Louden, who serves as the Frogs for the Cure chair, spoke about her experiences overcoming breast cancer and advocated for early detection.

Bush personally thanked Louden for her advocacy and efforts to promote awareness for breast cancer.

Louden is the force behind the Frogs for the Cure music video. While the official music video will be shown Wednesday night, at the Sing for the Cure Gala, the Word of Truth Gospel Choir preformed “Brave” by Josh Groban, the song in the video.

Louden showed a public service announcement from Josh Groban about the music video, and although he tried, he just couldn’t get the frog hand sign.

Students can participate in raising awareness by wearing the Frogs for the Cure t-shirt to the 10th annual Frogs for the Cure football game on Saturday, Nov. 8 against Kansas State.