Now out of public office, the president and Laura have renewed their treasured routines. Every morning, President Bush brings Laura a cup of coffee. "He's had to get back into the habit now of actually making it," she says. "He kind of had a little bit of trouble—it had been a while since he had made coffee with a coffee machine."

Still, life hasn't slowed down for the Bushes since leaving the White House. Between private speaking engagements, writing their own books and settling into their new Dallas home, Laura says their schedules are as packed as ever. "We're still very busy, but we don't have the hypervigilance and the anxiety that comes along with living in the White House," she says. "It's been great to be back home in Texas. I say I'm living the afterlife now, and George says he's living it in the Promised Land."


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