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Barbara Swings Away
Newsweek (MSNBC) ^
| October 18, 2003
| Melinda Henneberger
Posted on 10/18/2003 12:22:02 PM PDT by buzzyboop
Theres the great Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital, of Portland, Maine, the woman it was named after says as we approach for a recent visit. Andthis makes me laughlook at the nurses standing across the street smoking. Inside, on a walk through the maternity ward, the former First Lady pokes a little fun at the hospital president when he coos, Isnt she sweet! at a newborn in a little blue cap: You think thats a she, do you? To a new father who boasts that his child came into this world after only three pushes, she purrs, Yes, it was easy for you. Then, out of earshot: Typical. The men always go pale.
Americas favorite grandmother keeps up a running comedy routine on and off the speakers circuit, where shes a regular these days. But Mrs. Bush is more pointed in her humor than almost anyone else in public life. With candor in politics in such short supply, she has been celebrated for her barbs all the way back to her rhymes with rich reference to Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.
She may be one of the last really outspoken public figures, says Rob Allyn, a Republican political consultant in Dallas who has worked for the Bush family, because with people coming of political age today, message control is the doctrine. A doctrine Barbara Bush never needed, since her family is her message and she is the one who controls it.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: barbarabush; bush; profile
posted on 10/18/2003 12:22:02 PM PDT
From the article:Its actually a pain in the neck to be the sibling of a sitting president, she says, and tells how her daughter, Doro Koch, picketed outside Vice President Al Gores residence in disguise during the 2000 recount. Thats Doro! Mrs. Bush hoots when telling about it. She felt better after yelling at the Gores house for a while, Mrs. Bush says.
posted on 10/18/2003 12:31:20 PM PDT
(Laugh, while the Orioles plot their World Series bid, 2004.)
To: Teacup; mountaineer; Hillary's Lovely Legs
posted on 10/18/2003 12:36:21 PM PDT
To: rabidralph; Angelwood; kristinn
Seems you had company in front of Cheney's house....:-)
From the article:
Its actually a pain in the neck to be the sibling of a sitting president, she says, and tells how her daughter, Doro Koch, picketed outside Vice President Al Gores residence in disguise during the 2000 recount. Thats Doro! Mrs. Bush hoots when telling about it. She felt better after yelling at the Gores house for a while, Mrs. Bush says.
posted on 10/18/2003 12:57:07 PM PDT
Great story and a great lady. Loved the pic of Bar giving George HW the devil horns! Never knew Marvin was in NY on 9-11.
posted on 10/18/2003 12:59:25 PM PDT
Great story! Now if she would just control her sons and get them to save Terri!
OMG! That's a hoot!
Way to go, Doro!
posted on 10/18/2003 1:06:52 PM PDT
Wish we had known Doro Koch was there -- but, we were busy yelling, too! Great story!
posted on 10/18/2003 1:07:23 PM PDT
(FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's VRWC))
Get out of Cheney's House!!!!
posted on 10/18/2003 1:08:49 PM PDT
posted on 10/18/2003 1:13:25 PM PDT
Now Chad, Take this in good humor. Thank you for pointing out that Doro is on the left. I had a few other clues though.
BUMP for Doro Bush freeping Gore in 2000.
To: Dog; pubmom
He he he he What a hoot!
posted on 10/20/2003 6:08:42 AM PDT
(Have you hugged your doggies today?)
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