Sometimes when I interview celebrities, they are exactly the way I thought they would be.
And sometimes, a celebrity would surprise me a little. I was surprised a little by former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush, our 41st president.
When I met her in 1994, when she published her Memoir, I was unprepared for how simple, straightforward, and folksy Mrs. Bush was. It was like talking to my mom or one of her friends over a cup of coffee.
It’s important to remember that Barbara Bush holds a rare distinction in American history: she is only the second woman, behind Abigail Adams, to be the wife of one president and the mother of another.
Now, one thing you will hear us refer to in this interview is a small plane crashing into the White House lawn. It happened just a couple of days before our interview, when a young man stole a light plane and crash landed on the South Lawn.
Oh, and also, you’ll hear why Barbara Bush quit smoking.
So here now, from 1994, Barbara Bush.
Barbara Bush died in April 2018. She was 92. George H.W. Bush died seven montrhs later at age 94.
Next Monday, December 21, marks the 50th anniversary of a very strange day in White House history.
It was on December 21, 1970 that the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, showed up unannounced at the White House gate, asking for a personal meeting with President Richard M.Nixon.
The man who put that meeting together that day was Nixon aide Egil “Bud” Krogh. Officially, Krogh was head of the White House special investigations unit, later colloquially known as the “Plumbers” – it was the unit assembled to plug leaks of information from the Nixon White House.
In 1994, krogh wrote a book about that famous 1970 meeting. And that’s when I met him.
So here now, from 1994, Egil “Bud” Krogh.
Egil “Bud” Krogh eventually was implicated in the Watergate scandal, and served a short prisoin sentence for his role in it.