Are You Really a Desperate Housewife? World Leaders Asked Laura Bush  

Around the world, leaders weren't aware of the ABC hit series.  

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Well here's one Bush-era pop culture reference that was clearly lost in translation.


Former first lady Laura Bush, in an interview with C-SPAN, recalled the time she took over the podium from husband George W. at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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"That's when I called myself a 'Desperate Housewife' and it was funny in the United States and everyone understands it, I think, and knows that it's a roast...but the people from overseas were shocked," Bush recalled.

"And after that when we would travel overseas, some world leaders would say, 'are you a desperate housewife?'"

It was in 2005, that Laura Bush stood in for George W. Bush. "I am married to the President of the United States and here's our typical evening – 9 o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep and I'm watching 'Desperate Housewives with Lynne Cheney," she said at the time, referencing the then-popular ABC show. "Ladies and gentlemen, I am a 'Desperate Housewife.' I mean if those women on that show think they are desperate, they ought to be with George."

Bush was interviewed by C-SPAN on a number of subjects as part of the channel's First Ladies series. A panel of experts will discuss Laura Bush's tenure in the White House Monday at 9 p.m., followed by her full interview.

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Besides sharing White House Correspondents' memories, Bush looked forward to a future first gentleman. She hoped that he would be judged as much by his appearance as the first ladies. "Maybe we should be that way about the first gentleman also," Bush suggested. "And really critique the way they look all the time, their choice of tie, or their hairstyle or whatever –or maybe their weight."

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