26 March 2008
Washington — President Bush said Thursday that he will begin a career writing pop-up books as soon as his presidential term is up later this year.
The statement, made during a White House news conference about a new presidential library in Dallas, was the first time Mr. Bush had talked in any detail about his personal goals for the future.
“I want to bring understanding of nuclear weapons and terrorists to the future of America with three-dimensional scenes in easy-to-read books,” he said.
White House officials say Mr. Bush’s career has been developing during his presidency, with the paper airplanes he so often creates during conferences, and folded pieces of paper found around his office.
“When I handed Bush the 2008 budget, he made a beautiful origami swan out of it.” says Vice President Dick Cheney. “And these past 8 years have given him time to improve his papier-mâché skills.”
The president plans to dedicate a special wing for his books in the new library, which will be at Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of First Lady and librarian, Laura Bush.