02/26/2009 AT 8:00 PM ET
Life back in the civilian world is decidedly more slow-paced than the frenetic schedule George and Laura Bush kept for the last eight years when they occupied the White House, the former First Lady reveals in a new interview.
The former President and his wife, who are still settling into their home in the Preston Hollow section of Dallas, have a sparsely-furnished house and no newspaper delivery service yet – but are enjoying the company of friends, Laura tells ABC News in an interview set to air Thursday on World News and again Friday on Good Morning America.
“We have very little furniture. We don’t have a kitchen table or a dining room table,” she says. “Friends loaned me a kitchen table and the other night I had 16 people for dinner and I had to borrow chairs from the Secret Service next door.”
They even have to rely on the kindness of friends to get the local paper. “The only thing we don’t have are the newspapers. It has been slow to get The Dallas Morning News delivered,” she says. “People bring the newspaper to us later in the day. It’s just not being delivered yet.”
Laura says she is still tuned in to the politics of the day and is watching with interest what the Obama administration plans to do in Afghanistan (she made support for Afghanistan’s women one of her signature issues as First Lady) but isn’t following every beat as closely as she once did.
She tells ABC News that she “totally forgot” to watch President Obama’s address to Congress on Tuesday.
“The next day I thought it was so ironic that for eight years I would be a nervous wreck before the State of the Union, and for days before, as George would be preparing his speech, worried about it and thinking about what was going to be in the speech,” she says. “And this time it came and went and I didn’t even think about it.”