Laura Bush reveals that her husband is even more of a Renaissance man than we knew and can be found not only in his art studio—but on a yoga mat

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
March 04, 2017 03:05 PM
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George W. Bush‘s post-presidency has seen him take up painting, pound a mountain bike with military men and women half his age, become a doting grandpa, and champion the interests of America’s wounded warriors with the same passion he shows for helping Muslim women and girls overseas reach their leadership potential.

Now, in a recent at-home interview with PEOPLE, Laura Bush reveals that her husband is even more of a Renaissance man than we knew and can be found not only in his art studio — but on a yoga mat.

The former first lady says she and the former president spend most Januarys in Florida, where she has a favorite yoga teacher. Her husband and his former Commerce Secretary, Don Evans, will sometimes join Laura in class after their own workout.

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“George and Donny will go work out so they’re really sweaty—warmed up so they can stretch—and then come to yoga in the back row,” she says.

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But while the famously impatient former president (who practically invented “speed golf”) has been known to participate in the quiet meditations of yoga, Laura says, his equally famous wise-cracking side sometimes cannot resist.

“Donny, George and Charlie, our other friend—one time,” she recalls with a small chuckle, “they had to be asked to leave because they were behaving badly.”

 

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