Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Barbara Bush Gets It Exactly Right

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has the distinction of being just the second woman to serve as First Lady and also be the mother of a President. She also has the distinction for sometimes saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Over the years, she has often found herself at odds with her husband and even the Republican Party.

Most famously, there was the whole Hurricane Katrina quote controversy where, after touring the Astrodome in Houston which was teeming with hurricane refugees, Bush said, “What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

It was a quote that showed America how out-of-touch an 80-year-old woman who is, arguably, over-privileged can be with what was going on. That quote aside, “Bar” as George H.W. Bush calls her, has long been a smart and outspoken and oftentimes very poignant spokesperson on many issues. She came out on the side of the choice movement, for example, when it comes to abortion saying that while she opposes abortions that she couldn't make that decision for someone.

Now, at 85, Mrs. Bush hits the nail on the head with Sarah Palin in an interview with Larry King. The clip is below. “Bar” uncorks her whammy after H.W.’s impressions of the Tea Party…which are also very interesting. For an old line and somewhat reasonable Republican, it’s interesting to hear him not give a full endorsement of the Tea Party views.

Seeing Barbara Bush’s face following her comments just drove home that the former First Lady meant EXACTLY what she said. It’s, frankly, kind of hard to argue with the lady that reminded George W. Bush of Julia Carson (at least he said so when he addressed the Indiana Black Expo a few years back).


Bradley said...

Didn't know if we got to count Abigail Adams or not? Although I guess she didn't get to see John Quincy become president and Barbara did!

Like Abigail Adams, Barbara Bush is outspoken and kind of tells it like how she sees it, which I have to admire even if I sometimes do not always agree with her. I do not happen to disagree with her here, though, because Sarah Palin does need to go away. She will not go away, however, because she is a captivating person (I find her quite hollow between the ears myself).

If history is a guide, and I do love my history, the Republicans and Tea Party might split the Republicans. They might reconcile in 2 years in a united front against Obama, but at the rate they are going, I do not see it. It'll be interesting with the 100th anniversary of the 1912 election when the Republican Party split, allowing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to become president.

Back then it was the Progressives and Conservatives that split -- today it is the Conservatives and the Regressives. Should be very interesting to watch!

General Mills said...

I'm no fan of Barb Bush. I liked her much better when she worked for Quaker Oats, and her ubiquitous visage graced the packaging of their products....

On a more serious note. The Bush's are representative of the quintessential Republican aristocracy....I think this is Barb's (and for those of her ilk) way of sending Palin the message to "back off".

I really do think we're at 14:57 of Palin's moment of fame.