Laura Bush: "Bobble-head inside a bubble" 

LB: Weird is the new normal (reuters photo)

Former first lady Laura Bush continues to reveal herself in interesting ways. She was such an enigma in the White House -- many mistakenly thought her a demure sort of Stepford Wife, a librarian -- not really! Then her book came out, bristling with score-settling -- surprise!

Lately she is showing a funnier side. Recently, a friend sent Bush a bobble-head of herself, purchased off the clearance shelf of a gift shop.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux covered a Bush speech in California earlier today and reports that Mrs. Bush held up the bobble head and said, "It's come to this."

"This is the Laura Bush bobble head doll. I got this from a friend of mine who found it in the gift shop in the constitutional center a few weeks after the election. It was on the clearance shelf. He said he couldn't resist sending it to me, I told him he could have tried a little harder. But I'm kinda glad to have it."

She joked about the surreal nature of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"When you live in the White House and are a bobble head inside a bubble, reality can get a little warped," Mrs. Bush smiled and said coyly. "Sometimes you have to work hard just to recognize yourself."

Then the former first lady mused about how she and her husband, President George W. Bush, are adjusting to their post-presidential life.

"I'd like to report now that we left the White House and moved into our home in Dallas. Our lives are back to normal. But I think I may have forgotten what normal is," Mrs. Bush said.

She joked about the new normal, where her husband doesn't get as many breaks.

"When you're married to the President of the United States, you don't worry too much about him leaving his wet towels on the floor," Mrs. Bush said. "But in Dallas, things are different. Memo to the ex president, turmoil in East Timor is no longer an excuse not to pick up your socks."

OK, that bobble-head does not even look like her.

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