Michelle O. 'Doing a Great Job:' Laura Bush
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2009 4:16 PM CDT
Laura Bush smiles in front of the USS Texas submarine after the Change of Command in Groton, Conn., today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama's performance as first lady is getting high marks from her predecessor, Laura Bush. Speaking after a change-of-command ceremony for the USS Texas submarine in Connecticut, Bush said today she's watched the current first lady from afar and is impressed.

Bush says "she's doing a great job," and says being first lady is like being a member of a club that very few people get to be part of. Bush says it's "been great to be back home" in Texas after 8 years in the White House, and she's enjoying private life. Bush says she's been working on a book and is busy helping put together President George W. Bush's presidential library.