But many at the school and inside the White House took it as a big sign that the prez has picked her school to host the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It's long been the front-runner, and while the first lady didn't talk about the library search, just being there was enough of a sign for those who read presidential library tea leaves.
Laura counts, and not just because she's married to the president or is a former school librarian. She also has a major role on the search committee and, we hear, has been meeting with architects bidding on the project.
Many think that the White House will reveal President Bush's choice this summer.
By Paul Bedard