Former first lady Laura Bush recently told a group of graduates that you never know what life will throw your way.
When she and George W. Bush began their married lives together in Midland about 35 years ago, they "were ready for a nice, quiet, normal life."
Then they had twins.
Within a few years they moved to Washington, D.C., to help George H.W. Bush with his presidential bid; they followed that up years later with George W. helping run the Texas Rangers baseball team.
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By 1994, George W. was in the race for Texas governor; by 2000, he was elected to the first of two terms in the White House.
"Whatever you choose to do, don't be afraid to take a risk or change course," Laura Bush recently told graduates at High Point University in North Carolina.
First lady Michelle Obama knows that the road her husband is traveling as he seeks re-election is not easy.
"This journey is going to be long and it is absolutely going to be hard, and there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way," she told more than 400 people in Dallas at a private fundraiser last week. "But just understand that that is how change always happens in this country. It always happens that way.
"Real change can be slow, but if we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight, keep doing what we know is right, then eventually we'll get there," she said. "You know why? Because we always do. We always have, we always do, we always will. Maybe not in our lifetimes -- remember this -- but maybe in our children's lifetimes ...
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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has a brief mention in tell-all former Sen. Arlen Specter's score-settling book, Life Among Cannibals. Specter, of Pennsylvania, switched from GOP to Democrat and lost the 2010 Democratic primary.
According to The Washingt on Post, which got an early copy of the book, Specter got a little personal and talked up all the time he spent in the gym. Cornyn, he said, is "a bit of a workout bunny."
That was nothing on what he revealed about others, including Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. "John Thune, who looked like a movie star in or out of clothes, was constantly stretching," Specter wrote.
As for Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, whom he campaigned with when he was a Republican, Specter gets pretty racy. "We were sitting virtually knee to knee in the cramped bus," he wrote. "She radiated sensuality. Her skirt rode above her knees -- not exactly short, but close."