"... In her new book, Spoken From the Heart, she tells vividly how the death, which emerged during her husband's first presidential run, has haunted her for most of her adult life and caused her to lose her faith in God. ... She concedes she was chatting to her passenger and regrets not trying to contact his parents or going to the funeral, which she slept through. ..."
George Bush 'poisoned' at G8 summit in 2007, claims the former First Lady in memoirs
By Daniel Bates
Mysterious: George Bush and his wife Laura during their tour of Europe in 2007 including the G8 summit in Germany where the First Lady believes they were poisoned
Mrs Bush said the couple and several members of their staff fell ill under mysterious circumstances at the summit in Germany in 2007. Her husband was bedridden for part of the trip but after an investigation by the Secret Service doctors concluded they must have contracted a virus.
The former First Lady has also spoken in depth for the first time of how she crashed her car at the age of 17, killing a schoolmate.
In her new book, 'Spoken From the Heart,' she tells vividly how the death, which emerged during her husband's first presidential run, has haunted her for most of her adult life and caused her to lose her faith in God.
The supposed poisoning took place at the 33rd G8 meeting in Mecklenburg in Germany which included Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, who was then still chancellor, among the attendees. Other world leaders present were German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The summit's big achievement, a non-binding communique on climate change, was overshadowed by a video of President Sarkozy apparently drunk after a meeting with Mr Putin. But Mrs Bush's claims point to potentially more serious events going on behind closed doors.
The morning after after sharing a laugh and a cold beer with Mr Blair, Mr Bush was forced to miss one session on Africa because he was ill. Mrs Bush had noted several high profile poisonings and asked White House security to look into the matter, but investigations did not turn up evidence of a plot.
In her book, which is released in May in the U.S., Mrs Bush writes: 'We never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one.' The book also tells how Mrs Bush killed schoolmate Michael Douglas, a popular star athlete, when she ran a stop sign on a small road and smashed into his car whilst hurrying to the theatre in 1963. She concedes she was chatting to her passenger and regrets not trying to contact his parents or going to the funeral, which she slept through.
'I lost my faith that November, lost it for many, many years,' she writes.
'It was the first time that I had prayed to God for something, begged him for something, not the simple childhood wishing on a star but humbly begging for another human life. And it was as if no one heard.
'My begging, to my seventeen-year-old mind, had made no difference. The only answer was the sound of Mrs Douglas’s sobs on the other side of that thin emergency room curtain.'