By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.
It being her last decoration press preview, Mrs. Bush seemed to linger longer to take every question and express her sadness at leaving the house and its staff. "It will be the people we will miss the most," she said.
For Christmas, the Bushes will make the traditional trek to Camp David, Md., where she and her husband have spent a record 12 Christmases—eight as the first couple and four as relatives of former President George H. W. Bush. "I'm sure we've got the record," she crowed.
And of her recent White House tour for incoming first lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Bush revealed that she passed on a little tip first given to former first lady Hillary Clinton by former first lady Barbara Bush. It was that she can look for her husband at any time by gazing out a window in the first lady's dressing room that overlooks the Rose Garden and into the Oval Office.
Finally, Mrs. Bush took the opportunity to answer the perception question: Is there a gap between how Americans view the president and what he's really like? "I think there is a great gap," she said. But that's politics, she added.