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September 06, 2005

How Do They Sleep At Night?

You've probably heard this quote already, but Barbara Bush went on NPR tonight and really let one rip:

"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--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Haha! The girls at the club must've loved that one! Barbara Bush is, as she's always been, a crack-up. But that should be assumed. This, after all, is brought to you by much of the same genetic material that went searching for promised WMD's under furniture to entertain journalists at a comedy dinner. I don't much remember Clinton using Waco as fodder for a laugh-in, but maybe I just missed it. The overwhelmed and under-armed have long had gallows humor, and now, it seems, the overcomfortable and underaffected have executioner's grins.

But I'm being too uncharitable. I'm glad Momma Dubbya unhinged her jaw and let that one slip. In humor there's truth, and considering all the bullshit obfuscating everything else this clan says, I'm grateful for every weakened, beaten bit of honesty that darts out. For this family, the poor exist in a fixed-state. They are what they are, and social policy should accept them as is. That's why blacks dying early doesn't require an initiative against blacks dying early, it's a potential wedge to aid social security privatization. And it's why Louisiana's poor, who were stranded and drowned because they lacked the resources to flee, merit nothing more than a crack at their living conditions. The poor aren't to be helped because they aren't to be changed, they just are, little bits of interstellar flotsam flitting through Barbara Bush's brilliant galaxy. A good person, a person with a bare minimum of empathy, would be appalled that Americans were satisfied being exiled to an overcrowded stadium. A person with a direct line to a son in Oval Office would beg their child to make it stop.

Barbara Bush joked about it on NPR.

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Actually, Editor & Publisher left out the money part of the quote, which is:

What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas.

All class, Babs. All class.

Posted by: Thad | Sep 6, 2005 4:43:58 AM

Some of the things I've read about that woman have made me feel sympathetic towards George W.!

From a Salon article interviewing an old friend of the family:

[Jimmy Allison] was hoping to use the visit in Florida to convince Bush to turn down the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee because he didn't trust Nixon or his palace guard. "He had been so appalled at the Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Colson group, and he thought they'd sacrifice George. He just wanted to warn him, as a friend," Allison told me.

Then later, as the Allisons took their leave, Barbara "thanked" them for their Christmas present with unexpected cruelty. "She said, 'I'm so sorry, but we've been so busy this year that we didn't have time to do anything for our political acquaintances.' I swear to God, I'll never forget those two words as long as I live. For her to say that was absolutely appalling. Mind you, Jimmy was an old, old friend. And I had stayed as a houseguest with the Bushes, been invited in my pajamas into their bedroom to read the papers and drink coffee while Bar rode her exercise bicycle.

"Big George was just stricken by this," Allison continued. "There was a wet bar in the hall on the way to the front door. He grabbed this moldy bottle of Mai Tai that he said had been given to him by the president of China, and he said we just had to have it. Then he plucked this ostrich egg in a beaded bag from a shelf that he said had been given to him by the ambassador to the U.N. from Nigeria or someplace, and gave it to us. Can you imagine how embarrassing that was?"

Posted by: Allen K. | Sep 6, 2005 5:28:25 AM

OT: But interesting:

The American Atheists organization says President Bush should stop urging prayer for Hurricane Katrina victims.

ABCNews Sept. 4, 2005
— Americans are broadly critical of government preparedness in the Hurricane Katrina disaster — but far fewer take George W. Bush personally to task for the problems, and public anger about the response is less widespread than some critics would suggest.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 6, 2005 9:25:29 AM

By the way, doesn't your headline question answer itself? Insomnia might result from causing or delighting in pain to actual human beings. If they're just human cattle, then the only thing to lose sleep over is the worry that they might all stay in Texas.

Posted by: Allen K. | Sep 6, 2005 10:50:40 AM

"She chuckles slightly." Jesus. I'm going to have to start hating the pets in the Bush family at this point. She's a goddamn sociopath. Even more depressing is that there are a whole lot of people silently nodding along with that sentiment. That stuff is red meat for a lot of the base.

I wanted to make an Austin Powers "She's a man, baby" joke, but she's not even a human being cloaked in a grandmother disguise. Heartless bitch.

Posted by: Mr Furious | Sep 6, 2005 12:14:54 PM

Deleted because it was a personal attack on someone not even in this thread. Ezra.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 6, 2005 12:33:24 PM

I think it's not unlikely that she is a sociopath. The condition is not terribly rare. In any event, her response helps one understand better how George W. Bush got to be the way he is--can you imagine growing up with that for a mother?

Posted by: LeisureGuy | Sep 6, 2005 12:33:42 PM

Ezra, if you ever spend some time with people who work on Bush campaigns, you'll discover a seperate universe, people just assume "Bar" is an American folk hero.

Regarding Bush --looks like his 'Homeland' Ate His Dogwork.

Posted by: Gotham Image | Sep 6, 2005 1:13:56 PM

I don't particularly care for polls of the "national mood" - I think the question of who's to blame for the failures around Katrina is complicated and should not be turned into a simple soundbite or easy poll question. More to the point, neither of the things Fred refers to deal with Ezra's main point, the way Barbara Bush can be thougtless and mean in public. I'm always surprised by that "America's Grandma" rep she holds, or the way "tart tongued" is presented as light hearted and toss off when describing her. Her ability to be mean and sarcastic is often quite breathtaking. I think what she said is actually kind of tame for her, but still, as appalling as knowing that other people wouldn't say it, but still think it. I tend to think she'll have to walk those statments back, which, hopefully, will be entertaining as well.

Posted by: weboy | Sep 6, 2005 1:57:47 PM

I was at a book signing by Al Franken about two years ago. He described a run-in with "Bar" on a plane. Nice story but bottom line was that he said the mean streak in the family comes from Bar and is perpetuated in George W. Never forgot that.

Posted by: J. | Sep 6, 2005 2:15:44 PM

Deleted because it was a personal attack on someone not even in this thread.

Ummm.....Barbara Bush?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 6, 2005 3:43:14 PM

You know, I'm getting right tired of deleting your comments here. Could you either behave yourself or, you know, leave? Your first comment here was off topic -- which is against the rules and I'll delete next time -- and your second was a nasty personal attack on another blogger with no relation to this thread or site. Either stop pulling this shit or find yourself another virtual home.

Posted by: Ezra | Sep 6, 2005 4:34:24 PM

Your first comment here was off topic -- which is against the rules and I'll delete next time

With all due respect, I looked everywhere on your site and could find no link to any rules so how the hell does anyone know what is against the rules and what is not.....telepathy?

-- and your second was a nasty personal attack on another blogger with no relation to this thread or site.

The comment just before mine used the exact same language describing someone else.....but that poster gets a pass. Heck, I see (and so does everyone else) similar language describing many outsiders including government officials, civic and religious leaders etc. Are bloggers just off limits or what? Who else is 'protected' and not be be ragged on?

We need some posted rules so that *all* would know what they are and *all* can be held accountable? What's not fair about that? Telepathy is tough when your tinfoil hat keeps slipping off.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 6, 2005 7:26:15 PM

No Fred, the commentor before you was talking about the subject of the thread. Which is why, in my reprimand to you, I specifically mentioned that you attacked someone not in the thread. This will not become your personal forum for airing grievances with others.

As for rules, I posted them awhile back, I'll repost tonight.

Posted by: Ezra | Sep 6, 2005 8:31:17 PM


Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 7, 2005 9:29:07 AM

That old white haired tub of lard never worked a day in her life. Neither has her husband or son. They get into politics and take the easy road on all the hard working peoples backs. Afraid to get their hands dirty and work for a living. On top of it all they cant even do their overpaid desk job right.

Posted by: Matt Bloomer | Sep 8, 2005 10:50:42 AM

Wake up, Matt. All politicians do the same. Clinton never had a real job. He made all his money in politics.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 8, 2005 12:41:08 PM

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