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  • Bush: Wife meant to hide shopping spree from me

    09/18/2015 10:13:22 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 76 replies ^ | June 22, 1999 | Jo Becker
    TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday that his wife misled U.S. Customs officials about $19,000 in new clothing and jewelry she brought into the country because she didn't want him to know how much she had spent on her five-day Paris shopping trip. Forced to explain his wife's actions at the Atlanta airport Thursday, Bush said Monday that the episode had disrupted their family life. His wife, Bush said, feels "horrible about this." "It was a difficult weekend at our house," Bush said. On Friday, the Bushes disclosed that Columba Bush had paid a $4,100 fine and was briefly...
  • In a new appeal to Hispanics, Jeb Bush deploys his ‘secret weapon’ — Columba Bush

    09/14/2015 7:33:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/14/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush is deploying his "secret weapon" in a new video designed to appeal to Hispanic voters. A new video released by the campaign Monday shows Bush speaking in Spanish and his wife, Columba Bush, speaking in English in her most expansive comments to date on her husband's behalf. Entirely in Spanish, the candidate says: "The United States of America is a great country. Thanks to the people that come from all over the world, contributing to our economy and community. To me, Hispanic culture is very important and positive." His wife, who was born in Mexico, adds in English:...
  • Columba Bush's Mexico family refutes her story, says she is the one who abandoned father

    06/08/2015 6:58:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 3/19/15 | Fox News Latino
    In the oft-told tale of Jeb and Columba Bush’s early courtship days, there has tended to be a glaring omission – Columba’s late father, José Maria Garnica Rodríguez. When any mention of Garnica Rodriguez has come up, it more often than not has been in vague or disapproving terms. The father, the story goes, abandoned the family, leaving when Columba was a teenager and virtually falling off the face of the earth. But in interviews with Politico in Mexico, Garnica Rodriguez’s relatives said that it was Columba who essentially cut off communication with her father after she began her life...
  • Jeb Bush names Romney, McCain veteran as campaign manager

    06/08/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 6/8/15 | Lesley Clark
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday named a veteran of Mitt Romney and John McCain’s presidential campaigns as his campaign manager, a week before he makes his own bid official. Bush named Danny Diaz as campaign manager, a position that was widely expected to go to Dave Kochel, a Republican operative with experience in Iowa politics. Bush senior adviser Sally Bradshaw said in a statement that Kochel “can best position us for success by playing a key leadership role focusing on how Jeb wins primaries, caucuses, and ultimately the general election.” She said Diaz’s “skill at rapidly moving content...
  • The Year That Changed Jeb Bush Forever (He Went Native)

    05/22/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Michael Krause
    He was born in Midland, Texas, and he spent a good bit of his boyhood in Houston, and he went to high school in Andover, Massachusetts, and to college in Austin, Texas, and he has lived for the last three and a half decades in Miami. But at the top of the list of the most important places in the world in the life of Jeb Bush is the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, and its conservative, old-world Catholic capital of León. León is why he proposed marriage in Spanish, why his three children are Mexican-American, why his favorite foods...
  • Columba Bush sports '16 Jeb bumper sticker before bid announced (Spanish bumper sticker...)

    05/21/2015 10:11:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/21/15 | Judy Kurtz
    Her husband isn’t officially running, but Columba Bush is already driving with a Spanish-language bumper sticker supporting the former Florida governor for the White House in 2016. The Daily Mail grabbed photos this week of Columba entering and exiting a green Mini Cooper in Coral Gables, Fla., with an orange "Viva Jeb! Presidente 2016" sticker. The sticker is next to another for their son, George P. Bush, from his successful bid for Texas Land Commissioner last year.
  • The Mysterious Columba Bush

    05/20/2015 5:26:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The June 2015 Issue | Hanna Rosin
    Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?Now and then in an otherwise unmemorable speech, Jeb Bush will drop a mention of his wife, like a sudden pop of color. At an event in Nevada this March, one of his first speeches of this campaign season, before a crowd of what The Washington Post called “everyday Americans,” Bush opened with a husband-still-in-thrall routine. His life, he said, can be divided into two parts: “b.c. and a.c.—before Columba and after Columba,” referring to Columba Garnica de Gallo, the...
  • Columba Bush's car sports bumper sticker declaring Viva Jeb! and his campaign for Presidente 2016

    05/20/2015 11:46:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/20/15 | David Martosko
    EXCLUSIVE: Columba Bush's car sports bumper sticker declaring 'Viva Jeb!' and his campaign for 'Presidente 2016' (but he still won't say he's actually running) Jeb Bush has been coy about whether he will formally enter the 2016 presidential race. But his wife already has the bumper sticker. Columba Bush was photographed Tuesday in Coral Gables, Florida getting into her green Mini Cooper with a clearly visible Spanish-language message on the back-end. 'Viva Jeb! Presidente 2016,' it read. It's the first outward sign that Bush's presidential announcement is a certainty, and could come soon. The sticker includes Jeb's first name in...
  • Columba Bush raises her profile with Iowa newspaper op-ed

    05/19/2015 3:18:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/19/15 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Columba Bush, the wife of expected Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, continued to increase her public profile this week with an op-ed on domestic violence in Iowa's biggest newspaper. Her Des Moines Register op-ed asked readers to offer their support for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where Bush writes she spent "quality time" on Friday. "It was inspiring to learn from our domestic violence leaders about the transforming process that Iowa implemented to maximize limited financial resources while creating a regional-based comprehensive service delivery program for domestic violence survivors and their children," she wrote.
  • Columba Bush using Twitter, Instagram to appeal to young Hispanics

    05/19/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 5/18/15 | Marc Schenker
    You can tell that campaign season is fully underway when Jeb Bush’s wife takes to social media for the first time ever – well before his campaign for president has even been officially announced. Columba Bush, originally from Mexico and fluent in Spanish, recently opened separate Twitter and Instagram accounts to begin the process of introducing herself to voters. Wives of presidential candidates are usually used as a way to soften their husbands’ public images and broaden their appeal to female voters. According to BuzzFeed, there’s another political strategy in place here: The Jeb Bush campaign wants to appeal to...
  • Here comes Columba Bush

    05/19/2015 9:51:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 5/19/15 | Alex Leary
    Columba Bush stepped more fully into public view in the past week, campaigning with her husband in Iowa on Saturday, attending a fundraiser yesterday in Miami and today penning an op/ed in the Des Moines Register in support of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also joined Twitter.
  • Columba Bush bursts onto social media, then goes quiet

    05/19/2015 9:45:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 5/19/15 | Fox News Latino
    Columba Bush, the potential First Lady contender, has been quiet some four days into her debut on social media. The wife of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is expected to announce that he’s running for president, launched Twitter and Instagram accounts on Friday, and sent out two tweets the first day and two the following day. But Sunday, Monday and early Tuesday have seen no posts.
  • The Mystery of Columba Bush (didn't want to become a U.S. citizen...)

    05/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/19/15 | Hanna Rosin
    Few political spouses in recent memory have been as wary of the spotlight as Columba Bush, Jeb's wife of 41 years. But her husband's presidential potential means the spotlight is about to find her. Now and then in an otherwise unmemorable speech, Jeb Bush will drop a mention of his wife, like a sudden pop of color. At an event in Nevada this March, one of his first speeches of this campaign season, before a crowd of what The Washington Post called “everyday Americans,” Bush opened with a husband-still-in-thrall routine. His life, he said, can be divided into two parts:...
  • Jeb Bush returns to Miami after tough week on the road

    05/18/2015 8:06:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 5/18/15 | Patricia Mazzei
    Jeb Bush felt the welcoming embrace of Miami on Monday as he tried to put behind him a difficult week of campaigning without yet being a presidential candidate. His political action committee, Right to Rise, held a political fund-raiser in the overwhelmingly Hispanic, working-class suburb of Sweetwater, where the former Florida Republican governor was greeted as a old friend in need of a little TLC. "Aquí está la vieja guardia -- no tan vieja," Bush joked in Spanish after being introduced by former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
  • Jeb Bush, Wife Attending Miami Fundraiser

    05/18/2015 4:08:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 5/18/15 | NBC Miami
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife will be attending a fundraising event in Miami Monday evening. Columba Bush will join her husband at the Right to Rise PAC fundraiser at the Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center. Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart is also expected to attend.
  • New to social media: Columba Bush

    05/17/2015 12:39:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/15 | Marc Caputo
    In a sign of Jeb Bush’s broad Hispanic outreach, his intensely private wife, Columba Bush, slowly started to raise her profile Friday by opening her own Twitter and Instagram accounts. Columba Bush, using the handle @ColumbaBush, plans to reach out in English and Spanish to various segments of the nation’s Latino community, which has one of the highest rates of social-media use in the nation. -snip- “This is a really important first step. It’s beyond dispute that Hispanic voters are more and more important in each election, and we need to capture at least 40 percent of that vote,” said...
  • Jeb Bush’s Wife Columba Launched An Instagram And Twitter Account

    05/16/2015 2:10:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5/15/15 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    She will be tweeting and ‘gramming in English and Spanish, a source familiar with Columba Bush’s plans told BuzzFeed News. Family photos are coming. Jeb Bush’s campaign hasn’t been announced yet, but one of the routine parts of an expected candidacy is here: social media accounts from the spouse. “Privileged to meet @ICADV leaders while in IA with Jeb this weekend. Join me in supporting Domestic Violence prevention,” she tweeted after meeting with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A source familiar with Columba Bush’s plans told BuzzFeed News she’s really excited to interact with people, and should Bush decide...
  • Thank you Columba! An open letter to Columba Bush

    05/11/2015 8:39:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    CDN ^ | 5/11/15 | Al Maurer
    This week I was privileged to receive a personal letter from Columba Bush, the wife of former Florida Governor and presidential candidate hopeful Jeb Bush. The letter contained a personal wedding photo from 40 years ago. I was out of town for a couple of days, but my wife helpfully saved it for me. She did not, however, save the return envelope so I thought I would write this open letter in the hope that Columba (and Jeb) might read it. Dear Columba, Thanks for your recent (undated) personal letter and photo. You note that you “have been meaning to...
  • Hispanic courtship shapes Bush's early campaign steps

    05/03/2015 8:01:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    AP Cadillac News ^ | 5/1/15 | Danica Coto
    The man at the microphone spoke in a language most Republican presidential primary voters do not understand. "You are part of the new wave of hope for this country," Jeb Bush said in fluent Spanish to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference this week. Switching to English, he said the U.S. needs immigrants for the country "to become young and dynamic again." It doesn't seem to matter that Hispanic voters typically do not have much say in Republican primaries. The former Florida governor's play to Hispanic values and policy goals has begun to shape his young political operation. Well before...
  • Columba Bush to headline a fundraiser for her husband (Amnesty Tour Update)

    05/01/2015 1:57:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/1/15 | Tom Hamburger and Ed O'Keefe
    Columba Bush, the press-shy wife of presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush, will make a co-star appearance at a Miami fundraiser for her husband next month. An invitation sent to donors Friday shows that Columba Bush and her husband will appear at the event the evening of May 18. The fundraiser will be held at a youth center in the couple's hometown of Miami, with a minimum entrance fee of $25, a notably modest sum for a Bush fundraiser.
  • Columba Bush, Wife of Jeb Bush, Takes on Greater Role in Campaign

    05/01/2015 1:51:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/1/15 | Rebecca Ballhaus
    Columba Bush, the famously private wife of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appears to be taking on an increasingly prominent role in her husband’s nascent presidential campaign. Later this month, Mrs. Bush will headline a fundraiser for her husband’s leadership PAC, Right to Rise, in Miami. This week, she attended a retreat for Mr. Bush’s donors at an oceanfront luxury hotel in Miami Beach, where she gave a heartfelt speech about her husband, according to those present. Her name has also been popping up with increasing frequency in fundraising emails — last week she asked supporters to “join with my...
  • Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife

    04/29/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/22/15 | Karen Tumulty and Alice Crites
    In 1999, Columba Bush, the famously private wife of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was detained and fined by federal customs officials for misrepresenting the amount of clothing and jewelry she had bought while on a solo five-day shopping spree in Paris. The incident left the Florida first lady deeply mortified and her husband politically chagrined. Jeb Bush said the first lady had misled customs officials because she did not want him to know that she had spent about $19,000 on the trip. “The embarrassment I felt made me ashamed to face my family and friends,” Columba Bush said in a...
  • Columba Bush’s painful, unlikely road from Mexico toward the White House

    04/29/2015 9:57:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/21/15 | Karen Tumulty and Mary Jordan
    LEÓN, Mexico — The story of Columba and Jeb Bush began by happenstance in 1971, on the elegant, sun-washed central plaza of this city in the heart of Mexico. Columba Garnica Gallo was a shy high-schooler, tagging along for a drive with her sister and a new boyfriend from the States. John Ellis Bush was an aimless yanqui blue blood, in Mexico for a couple of months on a program through his New England prep school. He was captivated by the doe-eyed beauty he spotted in the car with his friend. Destiny and DNA might have foretold that Jeb would...
  • Columba Bush takes the microphone, stirs donors at Miami meeting

    04/28/2015 3:45:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/27/15 | Tom Hamburger and Ed O'Keefe
    A gathering of about 350 donors to the prospective Jeb Bush presidential campaign finished up a two-day conference here Monday listening to a rare public statement from the candidate's media-shy wife, Columba. "It was touching and emotional," said one person in attendance who described the three-minute speech as "very personal." She talked about about "her husband and the family and Jeb's qualities as a father, a husband, a grandfather."
  • The extraordinary story of Columba Bush as Jeb bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady

    01/22/2015 11:36:08 AM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    dailymail. ^ | Jan 22 | By Nick Fagge In Leon, Mexico
    EXCLUSIVE: An illegal immigrant, warring parents and a bitter rift with the father she did not see for 40 years – extraordinary story of Columba Bush as her husband bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady Columba Bush was born and raised in Leon, 250 miles outside Mexico City, where she met Jeb Bush and married him when she was 20 Her father was born to a peasant family and entered America illegally to work He had a stormy marriage to her mother and the couple divorced – but Columba's account differs from his and his relatives' in...
  • Jeb Bush Friends Say Whether He'll Run For President Depends On His Wife, Columba

    05/18/2014 3:57:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 5/15/14 | Fox News Latino
    Several years ago, Columba Bush was at a Republican women’s gathering in Jacksonville, Florida, looking like she wanted to bolt for the exit. Tom Slade Jr. – former chairman of the Florida GOP and a friend of Columba and her famous husband, former Gov. Jeb Bush – recalled how she seemed utterly ill at ease. Her dislike of being in the spotlight, and at events where people go to see who’s there and to be seen, is well-known among those who know the Bush couple. Columba Bush, who is 60, has endured it, Slade told the Washington Post, because the...
  • A Jeb Bush campaign would have family considerations

    05/18/2014 3:49:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | 5/18/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Jeb Bush can trace some of his most appealing qualities as a potential presidential candidate for a diversifying electorate to his 40-year partnership with his Mexican-born wife, Columba. The couple speak Spanish to one another, and their lives have been immersed in Hispanic culture and the immigrant experience. But Columba’s intense distaste for the public arena is one of the issues weighing most heavily on the former Florida governor as he grapples with whether to run for the White House in 2016, according to interviews with friends, former staffers and GOP donors close to the family. -snip- Columba Bush at...
  • Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs (1999 Columba Bush Flashback)

    05/16/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 6/22/1999 | DAVID COX and JOHN KENNEDY
    Florida first lady Columba Bush made a mistake and "feels horrible" about her embarrassing run-in with U.S. Customs agents late last week, a chagrined Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. "I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house," the governor said. "She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake." Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the...
  • Former President George W. Bush hails push for comprehensive immigration reform

    07/07/2013 11:01:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 162 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/7/13 | S.A. MILLER
    Former President George W. Bush today cheered on the “progress” in pushing comprehensive immigration reform through Congress. “The legislative process can be ugly,” Bush said with a chuckle in an interview aired today on ABC’s “This Week.” “But it looks like they're making some progress.”
  • Infamous Hollywood Screenwriter to Pen Film on Our Lady of Guadalupe - Patroness of the Unborn

    08/30/2009 3:18:59 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies · 1,952+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 8-25-09 | Patrick B. Craine
    Calls the project a "labor of love." ~~~~ Infamous Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, 64, known for such sordid films as Basic Instinct and Showgirls, has undergone a conversion and now will be writing a new film on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Eszterhas has been one of Hollywood's most influential screenwriters, writing lucrative blockbuster films, such as Flashdance, Jagged Edge, and Basic Instinct, and raking in million-dollar paychecks. Known for living the full 'Hollywood lifestyle', Eszterhas gave it up to move home to Ohio with his wife and children in the late 1990s. In 2001, faced with throat cancer resulting from...
  • Florida First Lady Columba Bush Announces the BC'04 Florida "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team

    05/18/2004 1:44:22 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 208+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 18, 2004
    ORLANDO, FL - Florida First Lady Columba Bush joined Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and Republican Party of Florida Chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan to announce the Bush-Cheney '04 Florida "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team. "George W. Bush has been a solid supporter of the policies and programs that are empowering women in America, and Florida women appreciate his steady leadership on all issues important to our state and nation," stated Bush. America's 10.1 million women-owned businesses employ 18.2 million people and contribute 3.6 trillion dollars to the national economy. Women-owned businesses are growing at twice the rate of all...
  • 'The Jeb Bush Nobody Knows' - Part 20: An Open Letter to the FAEA [Endorse Gov. Bush!]

    09/17/2002 10:00:45 AM PDT · by summer · 118 replies · 487+ views
    'The Jeb Bush Nobody Knows' - Part 20: An Open Letter to the FAEA [Endorse Gov. Bush!] Written by summer - a former Dem, now an independent and a FL certified teacher ---------------------------------- For a list of outstanding FL students who received Art Scholarships last year -- thanks to FL First Lady Columba Bush -- click HERE. ----------------------------------------------------------- To: Nan Williams, President, Executive Committee Board of DirectorsFlorida Art Education Association [a professional organization representing FL Art Teachers; known as "FAEA"] Re: Why the FL Art Education Association Should Publicly Endorse Bush/Brogan 2002 NOW! Dear Nan Williams: I noticed FL's...
  • Local center caught Bush's eye long ago [Re: The drug treatment center housing Noelle]

    07/23/2002 1:33:36 PM PDT · by summer · 4 replies · 302+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 18, 2002 | Henry Pierson Curts
    <p>The Central Florida program that Noelle Bush sought for drug treatment is well-known to Gov. Jeb Bush and his family.</p> <p>Bush and his wife, Columba, began visiting the Center for Drug-Free Living in Orlando before he took office, according to counselors. They have had an ongoing interest in drug-prevention programs statewide.</p> <p>"They've worked very closely with us," center spokeswoman Joan Ballard said. "Columba has been a big advocate for prevention."</p> <p>Founded in 1971, the center has grown into a $30 million-a-year collection of residential- and outpatient-treatment facilities that treated 14,655 people last year in Orange, Osceola and Brevard counties.</p>
  • Governor Jeb Bush and First Lady Columba Bush to Receive the "Family of Courage" Award

    05/29/2002 5:57:13 AM PDT · by summer · 54 replies · 810+ views ^ | May 24, 2002 | State of FL
    Gov. Jeb Bush and First Lady Columba Bush attend a recent drug prevention conference. Governor Jeb Bush and First Lady Columba Bush to Receive the "Family of Courage" Award For Immediate Release Friday, May 24, 2002 Contact: Elizabeth Hirst (850) 488-5394 Governor Jeb Bush and First Lady Columba Bush will receive the "Family of Courage" Award at the 11th Annual Mothers In Crisis Anniversary Celebration this evening in Tallahassee. The Governor and First Lady are being recognized for their continued support of the prevention of substance abuse. Established by Governor Bush, the Florida Office of Drug Control is charged with...
  • Bush's Wife Among 'New Americans' [Jeb's wife / FL's First Lady honored in Miami]

    04/15/2002 10:20:18 AM PDT · by summer · 9 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 13, 2002 | Adriana Cordovi
    FL First Lady Columba Bush Bush's Wife Among 'New Americans' Florida's first lady, a university professor, a journalist, businessmen and philanthropists -- they chose distinct paths but have a common beginning. They're all immigrants. On Friday, Catholic Charities Legal Services celebrated the achievements of six different ''New Americans'' at its second annual New American Awards Banquet. The event at the Hotel Sheraton Bal Harbour, 9701 Collins Ave., was hosted by Archbishop John Clement Favalora to honor their professional work, diversity and community service: Horacio Aguirre, founding editor of Diario Las Americas; first lady Columba Bush; Carlos de la Cruz, a...
  • In Partnership With the Wakayama Perfectural, FL First Lady to Visit Japan With Art Students

    03/21/2002 9:14:41 AM PST · by summer · 12 replies · 272+ views
    State of FL - FL First Lady's web site ^ | March 20, 2002 | State of FL
    In Partnership With the Wakayama Perfectural Government First Lady Columba Bush and Art Scholarship Winners Participate In International Youth Cultural Exchange WAKAYAMA CITY, JAPAN First Lady Columba Bush and two winners of the First Lady's Art Recognition Scholarship, who are serving as ambassadors of the arts will participate in an International Youth Cultural Exchange Exhibition in Wakayama City, Japan,on Sunday, March 17. The First Lady and her student ambassadors, Virginia Munday, from Polk County, and Christopher Adkins, from St. Johns County, will be the honorary guests at the opening ceremony at an arts exhibition promoting Friendship through the Arts....
  • First Lady Takes Part in Drug Summit [FL First Lady teams up with Tom Ridge's wife]

    03/17/2002 7:13:51 AM PST · by summer · 15 replies · 231+ views
    First Lady Takes Part in Drug Summit By: Victoria Langley Star March 12, 2002 Florida's first lady was at the Capitol today to drum up support in the fight against drug abuse. She and former first lady of Pennsylvania Michelle Ridge took part in the state's drug summit. The discussion focused on efforts to reduce abuse in Florida by 50 percent over five years. Experts say Florida is a leading state in putting programs in place to fight drug abuse... but programs need to get more family participation. First Lady Columba Bush referenced her family's recent experience with...