ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: The President and First Lady sat down last week for their annual interview with People featured in their end-of-year issue now on newsstands. (Note: The Bush's did not get the cover; that honor went to another internationally-known couple: Brad and Angelina.)
In the issue, Bush makes his first on-the-record comments on the Mary Cheney pregnancy.
Responding to a question about his 2005 comment that "a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman", the President said that the Vice President's openly gay daughter is going to be "a loving soul to her child".
â€œThe Vice President took me aside and gave me the good news. He and his wife, Lynne, are very happy for Mary,â€? Bush said. â€œI think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I'm happy for her.â€?
The President also said there is no doubt in his mind that a woman candidate could be president, and the First Lady agreed. Mrs. Bush referenced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and noted that while she would be a "really good candidate", Rice is not interested in the job.
"Probably because she is single, her parents are no longer living, she's an only child. You need a very supportive family and supportive friends to have this job," the First Lady said.
In response to a reader question about contributing to society post-presidency, the President mentioned HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives and the "Freedom Agenda" but said that he will think about that course after his presidency.
â€œI've got so much on my mind, and this job is so exciting that it's really hard to settle down and plan the next 10 years of our life.â€?
People's interviewer also mentioned that readers had asked if he takes sleep aids. Bush said generally not, but he does occasionally when he travels.
â€œI must tell you, I'm sleeping a lot better than people would assume,â€? he said.
He said he drinks a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and drinks a lot of water and, of course, no alcohol.
â€œI don't drink alcohol. I can remember when I used to drink, I had trouble sleeping at night,â€? the President said.