Historian Dr. Laura Bush: "My husband did NOT suck!"

Filed under "stand by your man."

According to an AP report this morning, Laura Bush was a guest on FOX News Sunday, where she responded to criticism that George's reign was an abysmal failure as follows:

In an interview aired Sunday on Fox News Sunday, Mrs. Bush says she knows her husband's eight years in office was not a failure, and says she doesn't feel as if she needs to respond to people who view it that way.

"I know you are, but what am I!" Her response would impress my seven-year old.

The departing first lady went on to peddle the meme that we've been safe from attack since 9/11. Of course, 9/11 itself, the subsequent anthrax attacks, US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan (both private and military), US citizens killed abroad in terrorist attacks as recently as Mumbai and Americans killed because the Bush administration helped fumble the Katrina response--all that aside according to Dr. Bush.

She keeps pouring it on, though. She also cites Bush's contributions to liberating the people of Afghanistan and Iraq from oppressive governments. Um, Dr. Bush, you might want to check your facts. It appears your assessment of American liberationism is a bit premature--this freedom you boast of includes (but is by no means limited to):

  1. Increased presence of repressive Islamic law (now with limb removals!)
  2. Militant commanders serving as self-appointed "governors"
  3. Taxes forced at gunpoint and poor families coerced into quartering troops (how American!)
  4. Replacing science in schools with religious study and other forms of Bush-doctrine inspired talibanization.

The AP explains:

The Taliban has long operated its own shadow government in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, but its power is now spreading north to the doorstep of Kabul, according to Associated Press interviews with a dozen government officials, analysts, Taliban commanders and Afghan villagers. More than seven years after the U.S.-led invasion, the Islamic militia is attempting -- at least in name -- to reconstitute the government by which it ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

Over the past year in Wardak province alone, Taliban fighters have taken over district centers, set up checkpoints on rural highways and captured Afghan soldiers. The Taliban in Wardak has its own governor and military chief, its own pseudo-court system and its own religious leaders who act as judges. Bands of armed militants in beat-up trucks cruise the countryside, dispensing their own justice against accused spies and thieves.

I will not be posting the transcript of Laura's interview once it becomes available.

Tags: George Bush, Laura Bush (all tags)




On the other hand, what do you want her to say?  If you expected her to acknowledge that the man and causes she signed on to are all rotten to the core, you simply expected her to be a different person entirely.  Would you have married someone like W. in the first place?  

by Strummerson 2008-12-28 10:43AM | 0 recs
I still expect her...

to release a tell-all memoir that hurls Bush under the proverbial bus.

by Bob Sackamento 2008-12-28 11:24AM | 0 recs
Re: I still expect her...

Unlikely.  But I'm sure I'd find the excerpts entertaining.  Do you think she'd use Jenna's ghostwriter?

by Strummerson 2008-12-28 11:26AM | 0 recs
Yeah, I agree

If my wife were Madame President, I might admit to her that her administration had...issues...but never to the outside world.

It's sort of telling that the interviewer even asked the question.

by Neef 2008-12-29 05:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Historian Dr. Laura Bush:

Only goes to prove that not only is love blind, but deaf and dumb as well.

by jsfox 2008-12-28 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Historian Dr. Laura Bush:

the proper 9 year old response, is "oh yeah? Tell me about it!" or, "so, what's your point?"  10 year olds say, "what, huh?" and make 'em repeat it.  When you reach 11 you can go, "whatever," which means "fuck you."  !2 year olds say, "go piss up a rope."  Ah, but 13 year olds?  They give you the disgusted look, which hurts the most.  

by anna shane 2008-12-28 01:57PM | 0 recs
Laura Bush: "My husband did NOT suck!"

Is this sexist? Seriously.

by QTG 2008-12-28 05:30PM | 0 recs

She's just standing up for her husband. I don't see anything surprising or wrong in this.

She's wrong of course but its nothing to get worked up about.

by liberalj 2008-12-29 03:31PM | 0 recs
"My husband did NOT suck!"

Dr. Laura, your husband does indeed suck - the proverbial big one.  He sucked 20 years ago, he sucked yesterday and he'll suck tomorrow. He absolutely stinks on ice.

by Denny Crane 2008-12-29 08:31PM | 0 recs
Yeah, he really did.

Well, it's not like we need her validation that Bush was an abysmal failure.  I'm not asking his daughters or his dog either.

by bottl4 2008-12-30 10:45AM | 0 recs


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