First lady takes on larger role in pol­icy

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headed back to Jay Leno’s show next week.

NBC tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that the for­mer pres­i­dent will dis­cuss his post-White House life with Mr. Leno on the “Tonight Show” on Nov. 19.

Since leav­ing the White House in 2009, Mr. Bush in­ten­tion­ally has avoided the Wash­ing­ton po­lit­i­cal scrum and rarely gives lengthy in­ter­views.

He told ABC ear­lier this year he wants to “stay out of the lime­light.”

It will be the fourth time that Mr. Bush has been a guest on Mr. Leno’s couch. His first ap­pear­ance was in March 2000.

Edg­ing into a broader pol­icy role, first lady Michelle Obama is join­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s ef­forts to get the United States on track to have the high­est per­cent­age of col­lege grad­u­ates by 2020.

Mrs. Obama spoke to stu­dents Tues­day at Bell Mul­ti­cul­tural High School in the Dis­trict’s Columbia Heights. Of­fi­cials say the event is part of what will be a broader fo­cus for the first lady on get­ting stu­dents — es­pe­cially those in un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties — on track to at­tend col­lege.

The first lady told stu­dents that meet­ing the 2020 goal is im­por­tant, but their per­sonal suc­cess is just as sig­nif­i­cant.

“No mat­ter what the pres­i­dent does, no mat­ter what your teach­ers and prin­ci­pals do, or what­ever is go­ing on in your home or neigh­bor­hood, the per­son with the big­gest im­pact on your ed­u­ca­tion is you,” Mrs. Obama said.

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