Skip to comments.Laura Bush to focus on well-being of boys over next four years
Posted on 01/22/2005 11:07:48 PM PST by Coleus
US First Lady Laura Bush will focus on boys' well-being and on international efforts to promote literacy among women during her second four years in the White House, the first lady revealed.
There's a "stereotype that boys don't need the same nurturing that girls do, that boys can take care of themselves. And, of course, we all know that's not true," Laura Bush said Friday as Washington rushed to prepare for her President George W. Bush's inauguration six days hence.
Laura Bush, who spent her husband's first term promoting health and education, is more popular than he is, according to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll one week ago that revealed their respective approval ratings at 85 and 52 percent.
"I didn't have to make the hard decisions he had to make," she said by way of explanation.
She and her husband are constantly aware of the consequences of his decision to launch the Iraq war, she said, calling it "literally a constant part of every one of our days."
She admitted that she spoke to her husband about brash comments he made during his first term -- that Osama bin Laden would be captured "dead or alive" and "bring 'em on" in reference to Iraqi insurgents attacking US troops. But she would not reveal what she said.
And she dismissed calls to scale back inauguration festivities this week, said to cost about 40 million dollars, out of respect for the Iraq war and the South Asian tsunami disasters.
"There's a symbolic aspect of the inauguration ... that you never want to, for any reason, cancel," she said.
Bush's second four year term officially begins Thursday following his inauguration on the steps of the US Capitol, a parade escorting the first couple to the White House and a series of lavish balls around Washington
Pay closer attention: Boys are struggling academically
Reviews on "The War Against Boys:How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men"
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
Boys lead the way in special education, dropping out of high school, drug abuse, suicide and crime; more girls enter and graduate college than boys; more girls are valedictorians in high school. Girls are more active in high school and join more clubs and activities. It's an important issue to address today. Who do we have to thank for all of this? The feminists. The book will enlighten you.
Just think: That could have been Teresa Heinz Ketchup on that Parade cover! ARRRGH!!! "Education? Shove it!"
Yuk, you just spoiled my midnight snack.
Good for her! Our little guys HAVE gotten a bum rap from the feminists!!
I wonder if she will talk to James Dobson? He has a book Bring up Boys and has been fighting this fight for years. Let boy's be boy's. Femie's want boy's to be girl's lite.
I think what our First Lady is doing is wonderful.
I have a 22 year old son, who's a college student, and a 25 year old married daughter, who is a teacher. So I see this from both sides.
I love the fact that young women are groomed to know that they can be anything they want to be. I tried to instill that in both of my children.
However, young men without a strong parental base may be slipping through the cracks, at the expense of those educators with a feminist agenda. Laura Bush is very astute to realize this, as not many have.
Laura will go down in history as one of the the greatest First Ladies ever. I'm sure she has much more to offer us in the next four years, and I'm looking forward hearing it.
Cool. A mud-wrasslin' contest between Laura, representing the XYs, and Hanoi Jane, representing the XXs.
I might pull up a chair and watch.
If there is real follow-through on this, it's good news indeed.
Class and Style. Character matters.
I've always wanted to get that book by Christina Hoff Sommers
Grandchildren are a little different as you can find yourself still nurturing your own child. There is no end to motherhood. What a great gift.
Isn't THAT the truth?
I disagree. My wife and I have come across countless cultural instances where girls are to be "domestic" and to some degree, "bratty" or "bitches." Browse through a toy or parenting magazines, and you'll see girls playing with dolls or kitchen toys while boys play with telescopes or trucks. Ever seen some of the new girl oriented TV or dolls? WOW! The next generation seems to think they are to get what they want and an extra ten bucks for their trouble
She will if she follows this agenda.
I got the unabridged audio version a few weeks ago at audible...it should be trumpeted from the housetops!!!!
I think she has done a good job the past four years, too.
Although most people pretend to be ignorant of the causes, most aren't, really. To have been truly ignorant of why so many boys aren't doing well, one would have seen no television at all during the 1990s, attended no school or job,...
Many of the world's wealthiest men are philanderers who pay billions for feminism--"affirmative action," no-fault divorce, feminist offices in government, business, etc. High divorce rates enlarge and cheapen labor pools with available women. Beyond the general defamations and hatred against men, fatherlessness is one common and related cause of misery and failure in the lives of young men. Spoiled men find it easy to blame other men. Bill O'Reilly's recent scandal after his many public, generalized defamations against fathers is one example.
Here's another good book. In my experience, it's probably the most easy-to-read research report from honest, objective research.
Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths
by Sanford L. Braver, Diane O'Connell
Regardless of our having adopted romanticism against marriage about 150 years ago, romanticism is antithetical to Christianity. So is feminism.
Psst ... pass it on! Laura Bush for President in 2008!!!
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