Marla R. Stevens

The Shrub didn't fall far from the tree...

Filed By Marla R. Stevens | September 06, 2005 11:06 AM | comments

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in a response on DailyKos today, Lilibeth writes:

Barb's beautiful mind

In light of what's been said about the racism and classism at work in this situation, I couldn't believe what I read this morning. According to Barbara Bush, mother of All Evil: "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."

Unbelievable. The poor are lucky to have Barb on their side.

I actually saw this broadcast live. Phyllis looked up from studying and said, "She didn't say that. Please tell me she didn't say that."

I fully expected ol' Barb to make like the first character Harry Morgan played on M*A*S*H who turned to an African-American fellow officer who was serving with him as a judge on a court-martial panel saying something like, "I call these proceedings to order but first, why don't you give us a number -- you kn0w, that ol' soft shoe." The officer, unable to respond out of pure shock, gave Morgan's character a quizzical look, whereupon Morgan broke into a lively song and shuffle-stepped out the door, presumably into the nearest straight-jacket.

This begs the question, "Is inextricably intertwined racism and classism a result of nature or nurture?" Maybe Larry King should ask that the next time he permits himself to be used by Shrub's parents to bail their Prez-kid out of trouble -- again.


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AUTHOR: Jeff Newman

DATE: 9/06/2005 02:05:33 PM

If you listen to the clip (there are several of them posted around the web), there is a slight chuckle in her voice as she's saying they're "better off."It's just one more demonstration that the Bush family is classic out-of-touch let-em-eat-cake aristocracy, and GW's folksy manner is as phony as a $3 bill.


AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 9/06/2005 05:02:14 PM

It's even worse than that. Cut on most clips (to remove the internal clause) but still audible on NPR's Marketplace, Bar says, "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is that they all want to stay in Texas."Silly me, I thought that the Texas economy -- particularly the heavily Anglican-Clubpublican Houston one -- thrived on the serfdom of dark-skinned people.I loved Keith Olberman's delivery of it last night (not to mention that his editorial made me stand up and cheer -- literally -- and that hurts these days for me). He was o-so-pro but made a face when he delivered her line...well, you should try to find it on dig-vid. One person described it as having looked as if he swallowed a maggot.Here's a quote from Olberman's editorial: [The Administration] has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water. ~OlbermanThe latest is that Bar will "let her comments stand on their own." You can say that again!


AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 9/06/2005 07:35:32 PM

Another good story on Bar's soundbite is this recent Nation story."On the tape of the interview, Mrs. Bush chuckles audibly as she observes just how great things are going for families that are separated from loved ones, people who have been forced to abandon their homes and the only community where they have ever lived, and parents who are explaining to children that their pets, their toys and in some cases their friends may be lost forever. Perhaps the former first lady was amusing herself with the notion that evacuees without bread could eat cake.At the very least, she was expressing a measure of empathy commensurate with that evidenced by her son during his fly-ins for disaster-zone photo opportunities."