Laura Bush has been making the obligatory talk-show rounds to plug her memoirs, Spoken from the Heart. Since George left office, she hasn’t lost much of that glazed, “Where’s my Prozac?” look, and she’s been talking crazy by Texas standards. (Sarah Palin probably told her it does wonders for book sales.)
For example, Laura recently told Larry King she believes in gay marriage and a woman’s right to have an abortion.
She said she was asked about abortion on George’s first inauguration day in 2001, and decided not to immediately make waves by disagreeing with him.
And so for the next 8 years, she kept her lip zipped while she was First Lady and her opinions could have mattered, if only to give hope to everyone who thought there was no intelligent life in the Bush White House.
Barbara Bush did the same thing, but she only had to play dumb for 4 years because her husband couldn’t hold on to the job.
Now, who gives a rat’s ass what either of them think about anything?
Laura and Barbara were intelligent women who married into a family of idiots. They kept their compassion and common sense on the back burner while their husbands championed the Republican agenda of denying rights and benefits to anybody who isn’t a rich white guy. The Bush fortune apparently meant a lot more to them than a clear conscience, and saying what they really think now changes nothing.
Laura Bush’s belated empathy is moot. And I’m not even sure I believe her.