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[Assignment: 48-DPA-09-12-08_SOI_K_Service] ServiceNation Summit [at the Hilton Hotel in] New York City, New York, where Secretary Dirk Kempthorne [joined First Lady Laura Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian among many participating dignitaries [48-DPA-09-12-08_SOI_K_Service_DOI_9672.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-09-12-08_SOI_K_Service] ServiceNation Summit [at the Hilton Hotel in] New York City, New York, where Secretary Dirk Kempthorne [joined First Lady Laura Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian among many participating dignitaries [48-DPA-09-12-08_SOI_K_Service_DOI_9672.JPG]

 
 
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Subject: ServiceNation Summit [at the Hilton Hotel in] New York City, New York, where Secretary Dirk Kempthorne [joined First Lady Laura Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian among many participating dignitaries. Secretary Kempthorne delivered opening remarks for the panel, "Stewards of the Planet: The Role of Service in Protecting Our Natural Resources," also featuring an introduction by Take Pride in America Executive Director Katie Loovis and presentations by panelists: Robert Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance; Richard Cizik, Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals; Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity; Van Jones, Founder and President of Green for All; and Alex Lopez of the LA Conservation Corps. Among entertainers appearing at the Summit was Melinda Doolittle, of "American Idol" fame, who sang the National Anthem.]

Photographer: Tami Heilemann--Interior Staff
[Assignment: 48-DPA-09-12-08_SOI_K_Service] ServiceNation Summit [at the Hilton Hotel in] New York City, New York, where Secretary Dirk Kempthorne [joined First Lady Laura Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian among many participating dignitaries

Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, and was the First Lady from 2001 to 2009. Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education, and took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. Bush is of English, French, and Swiss ancestry. Her father was a home builder and later successful real estate developer, while her mother worked as the bookkeeper for her father's business.

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