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Happy Holidays from Barbara and George H.W. Bush

December 25, 2006

The holiday season frequently features both selfless charity and empty gestures. For Barbara and George H.W. Bush, 2006 proved no exception.
Appearing on ABC's This Week on Christmas Eve, the President's parents recalled their work over the past week ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Houston. Calling it "the Lord's work," Bush the Elder declared "There's so many people in need, so many people that need help." Mrs. Bush concurred, adding:

"Giving is so easy...We just ought to share. We have so much. And it's a joy to share."

Of course, former First Lady Barbara Bush hasn't always found such joy in sharing with the poor, the disadvantaged and the destitute. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mrs. Bush felt quite differently about the influx of largely African-American refugees from New Orleans:

"Almost everyone I've talked to says we're going to move to Houston. 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."

To his credit, George H.W. Bush has displayed a much softer touch than his wife Barbara, about whom Richard Nixon once famously said, "she knows how to hate." In 1988, Poppy the glowing grandfather was also the diversity advocate, pointing out to Ronald Reagan, "That's Jebby's kids from Florida, the little brown ones."
So happy holidays from the Bush clan. Don't let chaos in Iraq, crisis in Iran, threats in North Korea and genocide in Darfur get you down. As Barbara Bush herself put it:

But why should we hear about body bags and deaths...why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?

3 comments on “Happy Holidays from Barbara and George H.W. Bush”

  1. Sharing to the Bush Imperialists is ringing a bell to make people put money in a pot? Wow! I'd like to know how much money these assholes put in the pot this year for our country's poor!!! I bet not enough to keep one person alive and eating I suspect.
    Of course, starting a fake war to line the pockets of their corporate whore friends is more the style of the Bush clan. To them this is not a dirty way to raise money for THEIR CAUSE and I bet Babs took a shower, then a bath, and then another shower after ringing a bell for the poor in this country though!!

  2. the rich, who never actually touch the needy are very quick to instruct other to give. Rembember George Sr. during his failed campaign against Clinton being awed at what a UPC scanner was in a supermarket. One of many families in this country who find the poor offensive. Time for another Revolution, put some of these assclowns on the welfare lines. Let's hope that there is integrity and ethics in the Democratic Party, not sure we can afford another 4 years of bribery and corruption.

  3. Dear mr. and mrs Bush, please donot put my name on t.v I am a granddaughter two highly respected army personal officers, i fear you're son in great danger. i 'd thought i could handle this all by my self, i found out i could'nt. i think chencey is going to turn on you're son and i know its part of the job,but you see i have two cousin that are army personal as well. Some marines are nice ,but are crazy like oswald was. thank you! I heard john f kennedies last speech last night and it was scary as all of this is/ Some marines are converting them selfs into Arabs , but you're sons source cannot do this by himself.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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