Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Barbara Bush Says: "Let Them Eat Cake"

Okay, how did I miss this quote from our esteemed former first lady:

What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.

A lot of doubt has surfaced as to the quote's veracity, however (according to urbanlegend.com) "The fact is, she did say it during a question-and-answer session with a reporter for "Marketplace," a program aired on National Public Radio. Audio recordings of both the finished segment and the original, unedited interview are available online."

Bab's Nonsense

First of all, who uses the term "underprivileged" anymore? Only people who are OVERprivileged, is who.

Secondly, what kind of malignantly clueless person would think that living in a sports arena in another state while separated from your home and family would be a STEP UP for someone, no matter how poor they may be?

I guarantee you if Hillary Clinton said anything even close to this outrage, Tom DeLay would be busting a forehead artery in multiple media formats. "Dr." Bill Frist would be pontificating about how, as a member of the medical establishment, he can declare that arenas have poor air quality, blah blah and therefore Hillary is a lesbian communist for making such beastly, insensitive comments. Bill O'Reilly--as a self-proclaimed working class guy--would invite her on his show to publicly chastise her.

Where is the outrage for Dear Old Babs? Her comments clearly show her--and her family's--total lack of knowledge of and interest in ordinary Americans. If the Bushes are our best and brightest political dynasty, then we are so far up sh*t's creek that we might as well capsize the boat right now and drown ourselves out of our misery.


Anonymous said...

What, I can't believe you'd go off on dear old Barbara like that. She's just a dear old lady, and you know they are allowed to say whatever they want and not get in trouble. (And of course anyone who produced a fine human speciman like George has to have some "special" traits).

Besides, the media never goes after those whom are friends of their check-signers.

Miko said...

Don't feel too sorry for the Bushes. After all, they're overprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.

Seriously, though: I have a little collection of astoundingly cold and uninformed quotes from the Bush peeps in the past two weeks. George himself did pretty well, inspiring us with the hopeful vision that Trent Lott's fine antebellum home would be all right:

"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)"

..I also saw him live on C-Span the Friday after Katrina hit, on his first tour of the Gulf Coast. He was in Biloxi when a reporter asked him about the people trapped in NO. He said "We're hearing some rumors of people in New Orleans without food and water -- we're gon' see if it's true." And I quote. That was on Friday, when people had already been without food and water for up to three days.

I give you our leaders. In what should be their finest hour.