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Laura Bush shops, dines during her trip to Atlanta

Laura Bush greeted hundreds of fans at her book signing. Staff photo by Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Laura Bush greeted hundreds of fans at her book signing. Staff photo by Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Former First Lady Laura Bush, in town for a book signing at the Buckhead Barnes and Noble store this week, made time for shopping and a little Southern comfort food during her time in Atlanta.

Mrs. Bush, who greeted hundreds of fans at the signing for her new memoir, “Spoken From the Heart,”  stopped into a few antiques shops on Miami Circle in Buckhead, accompanied by a friend and her security detail, Buzz hears from a well-placed source.

After her visit to the book store, she dined at South City Kitchen in Midtown. She enjoyed the evening’s special, which was pan-seared Georgia mountain trout with summer squash-mirliton gratin, roasted tomato jam, arugula, lemon and extra virgin olive oil, as well as a side of succotash.

We understand she arrived about 8 p.m. and was seated at a table on the patio – not a private dining room. She was accompanied by Secret Service personnel, who feasted on burgers.

Mrs. Bush was joined by former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. Southern cuisine enjoys bipartisan support, you know.

84 comments Add your comment

Ron Fowler

May 20th, 2010
10:19 am

What a classy woman!

Sandy

May 20th, 2010
10:21 am

Laura Bush is the definition of a true Lady, I’m sorry I missed her in Atlanta!

Lee

May 20th, 2010
10:21 am

I wish I had known about the book signing BEFORE it happened, AJC. It would have been nice to have attended.

Henry D.

May 20th, 2010
10:24 am

I agree Ron. I have always thought that she was by far one of, if not the, best First Lady we have ever had. Additionally, while I don’t agree with all of his opinions, Sen. Nunn is one of the few Democrats that I have any respect for at all. He is a classy Gentleman.

Ferguson

May 20th, 2010
10:24 am

I really like her. She seems so honest.

Jennifer Brett

May 20th, 2010
10:30 am

Lee, the Living section ran an item in advance about Mrs. Bush’s visit. Be sure to check it out for more great events! Jennifer

Lynn Educator

May 20th, 2010
10:33 am

Laura Bush is just as dingy as Sarah Palin. There is nothing spectacular abou her. Michelle Obama is the best First Lady!!!! Then Ladybird Johnson…Next Jackie Kennedy & Hillary Clinton. Other first ladies were airheads like Laura.

Bush is Evil

May 20th, 2010
10:34 am

Bush is the definition of evil. Laura is an accomplice to murder.

Bill Moore

May 20th, 2010
10:38 am

Give me a break…..Laura Bush the best first lady….get your heade out of the sand!!!

True Patriot

May 20th, 2010
10:39 am

I LOVE Laura Bush. She was the best First Lady we have ever had. Her efforts to reduce gang violence have worked wonders. Urban youth can relate to her. When kids think about joining gangs, they think “would Laura Bush approve of this” and they choose not to join the gang.

The second best First Lady was Nancy Reagan. Before Nancy Reagan, people did drugs. Then Mr. Drummond had her tell Arnold, Kimberly, and Willis to “Just Say No” and so they didn’t do drugs.

TheGuythatLauraBushRanOver

May 20th, 2010
10:46 am

I hate that woman..

independent thinker

May 20th, 2010
10:47 am

Wow, I bet Mrs. Bush is really upset about Lynn, Bush is evel and True Patriot’s opinions. I can’t believe I am even commenting on this blog. Give me back the last 3 minutes, please.

Fakey McFake

May 20th, 2010
10:48 am

@Lynn Educator — You’re entitled to your opinion but declaring only Democrats as good and only Republicans as bad makes you look a bit too eager, sister. Kind of like when FLO (first lady obama) said she never had a reason to be proud of the US until we elected her husband.

Your bias is showing.

Sally

May 20th, 2010
10:48 am

Laura, you are welcome in Atlanta, anytime!! Don’t be a stranger.

Moderate Repub

May 20th, 2010
10:49 am

What has the current first lady done? Plant a garden? How can you say she is the best first lady when she is only a year into it. She wants to curb obesity, but statistics show obesity is still on the rise. L Bush worked with many children for prevention of gang activity and also literacy in the schools.

JR

May 20th, 2010
10:50 am

I wish some of you would express as much outrage and anger toward our real enemies (you know, the ones trying to blow us up) as you do toward a former President and First Lady. Even bad Presidents like Carter and Obama should be respected.

TODD

May 20th, 2010
10:55 am

LOOK AT THE WHITE HOUSE NOW.WHAT A JOKE.

Fakey McFake

May 20th, 2010
10:58 am

hey JR, couldn’t quite bring yourself to include Bush on your bad list? Your bias is showing, too.

delois

May 20th, 2010
10:58 am

I may not care for George but I love Laura. I think any first lady who has to read the garbage written about them, their spouses and families and keep on smiling deserves our respect. I would have a hard time smiling if all the vitriol that has been spewed about the Bushes and Obamas was written about my family.

Davis

May 20th, 2010
11:06 am

‘Lynn Educator’????, I ask, what is so spectacular about YOU? I don’t know who or WHAT you are ‘educating’, or to put it more correctly, pretending to, but to use the word dingy and Laura Bush in the same sentence is pathetic! I feel she is one of the classiest and kind ladies, period, not to mention First Lady. Her behind the scenes work for victimized women and her quest to transfer her love for reading to eveyone else is outstanding and heart warming. Just because Obama, she probably contracted it from her husband, likes to be the center of attention and see how much of other peoples time she can waste, trying to ‘paint and dress up the old barn’, doesn’t make her anything but appearing to think she is a movie star, not to say, even that is commendable. I guess you would say she is ‘trying’, and poorly, to imitate Jackie Kennedy, who was also a very classy lady. The left wing- nut press, bows and scrapes at her feet, how sickening! Before I would go around crticizing the likes of Mrs. Bush, I think I would look around my own doorsteps! That should keep you busy for the next ten years!

Matthew

May 20th, 2010
11:09 am

I wish I had known about this before hand, I would have gone.

Love that Bush

May 20th, 2010
11:16 am

She is the one of the finest first ladies our county has known, class act all around. Love her.

itsme

May 20th, 2010
11:17 am

For a little perspective… I’d vote for Dolley Madison as the best First Lady. She had to be forced to stop rescuing valuable White House furnishings, paintings and documents (the people’s belongings) and leave the building while the British were setting it on fire.

The Dogfighter Returns

May 20th, 2010
11:22 am

she should be in jail for killing a human being because of her recklesness. The woman can’t follow a simple stop sign.

Love that Bush

May 20th, 2010
11:22 am

Lynn Educator

May 20th, 2010
10:33 am

Laura Bush is just as dingy as Sarah Palin. There is nothing spectacular abou her. Michelle Obama is the best First Lady!!!! Then Ladybird Johnson…Next Jackie Kennedy & Hillary Clinton. Other first ladies were airheads like Laura.

* Note 1030am response, all the educators I know are still at school either teacher or wrapping things up in the classroom. Maybe she is commenting during recces, but regardless this lady is an idiot. To hate on Laura just because you don’t like her politics or her husband’s shows ignorance. Almost every first lady has served with class and dignity and as mentioned earlier all presidents and their better halves should be respected. And for people like Lynn who probably thinks respect and liking someone are the same thing. I hate Carter but I respect the man, can you grasp that?

True Patriot

May 20th, 2010
11:23 am

independent thinker – What are you talking about!? I’m sure Laura would love to hear about how much us REAL AMERICANS love her. Why don’t you go make out with your Fartbongo poster in your bedroom. I bet you like Hitlary Klintoon and her Smellcare program.

The adults are talking about a classy, important lady.

Love that Bush

May 20th, 2010
11:23 am

The Dogfighter Returns –
Do you say the same thing about Big Ole Edward Kennedy, because at least Laura’s was not the result of being Drunk.

Rich

May 20th, 2010
11:24 am

Please God, let her be gone by the time I get home. I can’t stand her.

chris

May 20th, 2010
11:27 am

Well Laura is pro-choice and in favor of gay marriage. Sounds like a reasonable person to me. It’s too bad that she didn’t have the courage to go public with her opinions until after she left the White House. Stepford Wife Syndrome is a common affliction among wives of republicans.

Love the Bushes

May 20th, 2010
11:28 am

This lady is the epitome of elegance and class.

Love that Bush

May 20th, 2010
11:30 am

chris – Or not wanting to undermine who she shares a bed with. Imagine if Michell Obama were to say she supported capitalism or democracy, it would totally clash with is Marxist and Socialist views.

Just Me

May 20th, 2010
11:39 am

I voted for Obama, but I believe Laura Bush is a classy lady who keeps a cool head when everyone around her is losing theirs

Change...LOL!!

May 20th, 2010
11:40 am

Lynn Educator…? First- let’s hope she really isnt one….because if this is someone who actuallly is attempting to educate anyone….the finger will be pointed to people like this for the continued idiocy in our society. Seriously….i figured this was more of an adult based blog- and quite frankly- more than your bias is showing….. We’re Americans….start acting like one.

chris

May 20th, 2010
11:41 am

Love That Bush – If we didn’t live in a capitalistic or democratic society, you wouldn’t be permitted to make such a retarded comment without fear of consequence.

Brad

May 20th, 2010
11:41 am

The two poor souls that made the ugly comments about Laura need to get a life. They are sick creatures. If they think Mrs. Obama is something special, they need to read some of her early writings that show her true feelings.

KGray

May 20th, 2010
11:46 am

I don’t agree she was the best First Lady that we ever had. I think our current First Lady Michelle Obama is well educated and classy and the BEST! She talks with that stupid Southern Twang and is married to the WORST President we ever had in history.

Jeffrey

May 20th, 2010
11:50 am

Oh come on folks. No need to compare one First Lady to another. As far as I am concerned, most all of our First Ladies have done wonderful things during their tenures. They have been gracious in light of the nastiness of politics they have to live with each and every day. Many of them raising children, in addition to their duties as First Lady. I think they all deserve respect and accolades, regardless of their husband’s party affiliation.

DWTOO

May 20th, 2010
11:51 am

Most of this group is a real pack of partisan sheep stuff. This country has been blessed with some really fine First Ladies – on both sides of the spectrum. Ms. Bush has shown nothing but class, as has Ms. Obama. This has nothing to do with politics. Grow Up!

And Eleanor Roosevelt was probably the most influential First Lady.

Bill Clinton

May 20th, 2010
11:55 am

All you guys and girls are airheads.

Paul

May 20th, 2010
11:56 am

She always strikes me as nice yet vapid and empty.

WP

May 20th, 2010
12:15 pm

Some people are so cruel. I bet the ones that are being so ugly say they are Christians.

Teddy Kennedy

May 20th, 2010
12:17 pm

If there is one bipartisan thing we have in common…. We both killed innocent people in car wrecks!

Talented 10th

May 20th, 2010
12:18 pm

GREAT POINT, JR: it amazes everyday that some fools allow for uneducated, millionaire bigots to drill hatred of our leaderainto their heads; little do they know the Rushes and Sarahs of this country wouldn’t give any one of their followers a free ride in their jets (that you fools are helping to pay for). I don’t care WHO our president is, once in office, respect should be given. Don’t like him? Vote him out, but showing your ignorance and hate for all the WORLD to see towards our leader does NOTHING for our country but show our vulnerability…that’s real talk.

corrigo

May 20th, 2010
12:22 pm

this woman is milquetoast defined. did she write about killing someone while driving a car in her early 20’s?

steet smart

May 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

I dont know how much of the Drugs Windbaugh Kool Aid you people have been drinking but this woman has no class, if she did she would have stood Dubya up at the altar. She enjoyed the house special last night did she? How many people who went hungry yesterday because hey had their jobs shipped overseas by Dubya? How many people went hungry yesteday because they spent every cent they had on Medical bills? How many people lost their homes and life savings due to the deregulation her husband granted to the banks & lending institutions. Hey “classy lady” why dont you take that $ youre making on your book deal and donate it to the middle class you $crewed the 8 years your party ran our country into the ground? You want a good example of a good first lady then look at Elanor Roosevelt. She actually helped the poor and needy during and after her her husbands administration instead of making huge amounts of money on a book deal and subsequent book signing tour like your Laura Bu$h. Perhaps she would be better served writing a book about landscaping. Because as everyone knows theres plenty of dirt surronding a Bu$h. Classy First Lady? LMAO!

Mike_Midtown

May 20th, 2010
12:23 pm

She ate on the patio because they don’t allow smoking inside the restaurant.

SamE

May 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

Laura Bush is wonderful and classy lady, would have loved to meet her.

Andrew

May 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

“Honest?” She killed someone just like Ted Kennedy

Amy in the ATL

May 20th, 2010
12:33 pm

I was not a fan of the Bush presidency for many, many reasons. That said, our current and former presidents and their families remain representatives of this country and should be shown proper respect regardless of whether you agree with their policies or not. By all means, vote against the ones you disagree with, but it’s not appropriate to belittle their spouses (Nancy and Hillary were particularly pilloried) or make nasty and inapprpriate signs about them (like painting Obama as a tribal warrior, for instance).

By that rationale, Laura Bush deserves our respect, and she has always appeared to be the model of class and graciousness. So even though I voted against her husband twice, I hope that she had a nice visit to Atlanta, enjoyed the food at South City Kitchen, and had some nice conversations with polite Atlantans. She’s been through a lot over the last decade and I’m sure she’s got some good stories and insight. And, she just seems like a nice person.

Vince

May 20th, 2010
12:41 pm

I’m a Democrat and I still think this lady is one class act. Always thought so and always will.