Barbara Bush's Remarks Very Revealing Barbara Bush said the Katrina refugees didn't
have it so bad because, heck, they were poor to begin with. "What I'm hearing,
which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," she was quoted as
saying in an interview on National Public Radio. "And so many of the people in
the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very
well for them."
remark puts silver foot in Bush's mouth
I was all set to defend
President Bush as a guy who really doesn't want poor black people in Louisiana
and Mississippi to die of starvation and disease, no matter what the Democrats
But then Barbara Bush, the president's mom, went and dusted off the
Bush family silver foot Monday. And she used it.
While touring the
Houston Astrodome, where thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees have been
huddling, Barbara Bush said they didn't have it so bad because, heck, they were
poor to begin with.
"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they
all want to stay in Texas," she was quoted as saying in an interview on National
Thousands of hurricane refugees were sitting on or near
their green army cots, perhaps thinking of lunch, presumably waiting to be fed
Anything but cake.
"Everyone is so overwhelmed
by the hospitality," Barbara Bush said. And here comes the fastball over the
middle of the Democratic plate:
"And so many of the people in the arena
here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for
At least she didn't ask them to sing and dance. But I'm sure it's
working out very well for them. How often does something nice like a hurricane
come by and change your life so you can hang out with thousands of others in the
Astrodome and have Barbara Bush say it wasn't so bad, because you were poor
By my calculations, Barb's foot is about a 10 1/2 EE, but by the
time you read this on Wednesday, after Leno and Letterman get through with her,
she'll have an EEEE at least. There should be some back teeth stuck to the pinky
toe when the surgeon general finally pulls it out.
You've got to figure
that somewhere, former Texas Democratic Gov. Ann Richards is smiling. It was
Richards, or perhaps one of her pointy-headed ghostwriters, who came up with the
devastating line about former President George H.W. Bush.
the former president couldn't be blamed for his misstatements, because he was
born with a silver foot in his mouth. Now it turns out Barbara was in charge of
the silver. She polished it up good and shiny. And in political terms, she put
her foot in her son's mouth and knocked loose a few teeth.
Barbara won't be able to fix things up just by bringing a lime Jell-O mold (with
floating chunks of pineapple) over to the White House at
"I'm sorry what I said about
those people. However, I did make Jell-O to cheer you up."
Most of us have moms, but if we're lucky, they never made Jell-O
with or without the hideous chunks. But most of us don't have moms who could
start a war with China or overturn the Republican's Southern Strategy with a few
choice words, like Barbara Bush just did.
Please don't get it into your
head that my constant exposure to people in the mainstream media--many of whom
are still peeved that Al Gore isn't president--has changed my political views.
But what Barbara Bush said can't be ignored. She's the former
first lady, the current first grandmother, and she's no political cream
Even though she's got that soft
white hair and those crinkly blue eyes, she also has that deadly string of
pearls and probably rattled them at Laura Bush when they first met, and Laura
got flustered and blurted out that her two hobbies were reading and
Who wouldn't get flustered? I'm scared of her, too, and I've
only seen her on TV.
Like the president, my mom's a Republican, so I
called to warn her about what Barbara Bush said.
"No!" she said. "That
can't be true."
I could hear her fingers typing on her laptop,
frantically trying to get to The National Review Online, where she could find
ammunition to refute such a heinous story created by the liberal mainstream
But it is true and she knows it now, and I had to remind her of
something that all reporters and editors remind their families, particularly
moms: Don't talk to reporters, ever.
It has nothing to do with
journalists thinking we're famous or popular or that anyone cares what we say.
It does have to do, however, with the ancient fear held by most humans (except
for the Jerry Springer set) that anything our moms say may be embarrassing, that
the women who brought us into the world can take us out of it with one foolish
statement, a la Barbara Bush.
And, besides, we're reporters. We know what
So, what did I say about reporters?
"Never to talk to
them, ever?" said my mom, who was a reporter once, but repeated this to humor