Bush Daughter Tells of "My Father, My President"

She was given the task of telling the life story of her father. When your dad is the former president, the task certainly isn't easy. But Doro Bush-Koch came through, and the fruits of her labor were on display in Aggieland Thursday evening.

As the only daughter of George and Barbara Bush, it's only natural to assume Bush-Koch stands out.

"I love and adore our boys, but they don't always understand like Doro does," said former First Lady Barbara Bush in her introduction of her daughter. She went on to say how much the four Bush brothers need their sister in their lives.

And when she was tasked to write her father's memoirs, it was a once-in-a-lifetime, yet daunting goal.

"I immediately accepted the project, and then, of course, panicked because I didn't know what I was doing," Bush-Koch said.

What she did was send out hundreds of letters, conduct dozens of interviews, and compile endless photographs to craft around 600 pages of one remarkable father.

Thursday, the former First Daughter shared stories from the memoir, "My Father, My President," including the moment in 1989 when her father reached the pinnacle of American politics.

"In one majestic moment, Dad was the leader of the free world," she read from her book. "It was deeply moving to know our country was in such good hands."

Among the other readings on the evening was the story of the president's "Scowcroft Award," named after then-National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, who supposedly had a habit of dosing off in meetings. The sleeping award was regularly handed out. Dick Cheney was a recipient once, Bush-Koch said, and even her father was accused of nodding off, though he and some defenders vehemently denied the allegation.

Another story was of brother Marvin shooting numerous wedding photos for another brother, Jeb. Bush-Koch relayed Marvin's tale of developing the film, only to find it had already been used at a Frank Zappa concert.

And when you've lead lives in the Bush family, father and daughter have a lot to reminisce about. The two answered questions from the audience on a number of topics, including on whether Mr. Bush was more lenient on his only little girl. The president slapped his knee in jest and feigned an angry scowl.

"I just feel like it's such an uncommonly special family," said Linda Duke, who attended the reading and subsequent book signing, "and yet, at the same time, they're just so down to earth."

And that surely shows in one author's, one daughter's work.


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