Barbara Bush

And now she is gone, still another of those whom, while we may have disagreed with much of what they believed. we knew that they too valued America above all things but God Himself.

Personally, I disagreed with many things she believed, not including her drive to accept us all, and her drive for literacy, but she was a figure to look up to, and I did. I also admired her sense of humor. Toni Williams at Victory Girls reminds us of some of it.

For behind her rampart of pearls, the nation’s most self-effacing celebrity is in fact a combative politician. Always there, not far below the surface, is the Barbara Bush who briefly emerged in 1984 to denounce Geraldine Ferraro as “that $4 million—I can’t say it, but it rhymes with ‘rich.’”

Again, I thought it was funny.

“Town & Country” magazine published a list of inspirational quotes from Mrs. Bush. I found one of them very funny:

“Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you.”

Maybe you have to have lived to find that funny.

Her advice to her successor First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton is peachy too:

Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you.

Barbara Bush
— Advice about news reporters, to incoming first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a tour of the White House, as quoted in Newsweek magazine (30 November 1992)

Or, how about the Barbara Bush take on President Bill Clinton’s extra-curricular White House activities:

“Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.”

She is so self-deprecating in her humor:

“I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that, they just about throw up.”

The kind of woman who it was my pleasure to grow up amongst, and my God, how I miss them these days. Funny, outspoken, wise, she was one of the best of us.

But when word came over the weekend that she would refuse heroic measure to keep her alive, we thought we would have time to say goodbye, that is denied us, but our chance to wish her Godspeed is not, and we do.

From former President George H.W. Bush:

From President George W, Bush:

From the President:

She was indeed one hell of a lady. We are unlikely to see another in our lifetimes.

Godspeed, ma’am. We will miss your civility, even when we disagreed.

Rest in peace, your struggles here are done.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant.


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2 Responses to Barbara Bush

  1. A true American woman! RIP!

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Indeed she was!


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