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The Suffering of Laura Bush & Bubble Boy

April 25, 2007

Among the more enduring mysteries of the current American political scene is the continued popularity of First Lady Laura Bush. For the third time in just under a year, Mrs. Bush insulted our troops and their families. Appearing on the Today Show, the First Lady offered the American people this shining nugget of detachment and tone-deafness:

"No one suffers more than their President and I do."

Laura Bush's shocking callousness today is hardly her first offense. As Perrspectives reported back in February, the First Lady cautioned Americans against being disheartened by the occasional blast in Baghdad:

"Many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody."

That calming assessment was just the latest from the consistently upbeat - and seemingly medicated - First Lady. Last May, Mrs. Bush casually dismissed the consensus negative view of Iraq shared by the American people:

"I don't really believe those polls. I travel around the country, I see people, I see their response to my husband, I see their response to me...A lot of people come up to me and say, 'Stay the course.'"

Sadly for the First Lady, her husband disagrees about his suffering over Iraq. On December 14, 2006, President Bush assured the nation, "I must tell you, I'm sleeping a lot better than people would assume." Then again, the calm judgment of the Bubble Boy should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, President Bush has expressed "full confidence" in both his soon-to-be former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and embattled World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz.
As for Laura Bush, she can be forgiven for her disgusting disregard for the concerns of the American people. After all, it runs in the family.
(For more on that theme, see: "The Beautiful Minds of the Bush Family.")

5 comments on “The Suffering of Laura Bush & Bubble Boy”

  1. I suspect if there were "one bombing a day" in Washington that the press would find it difficult to ignore, and that it might make Washington a little...well...unstable. I think Laura Bush is just hanging on, waiting for the day when her lovable dimwit isn't president anymore, and their admittedly wealthy lives will scale back to speaking engagements and cutting brush. She is a little gutless for not facing up to the situation, but how many would do differently?

  2. Regarding "The Beautiful Minds of the Bush Family," for their sake (which I really don't care about much) I guess it is good that their minds are good to look at, because they don't work very well other than in support of the greed instinct.

  3. Unbelievable, and yet totally believable. So characteristic of the generation that holds much of the positions of power, and of what has been passed as gospel facts to their descendants. After seeing the background of many of these people, I think I see at least a big reason why so many travesties of American principles have been accepted, principles which assume the prevalence in the majority of critical thinking and personal honesty, qualities which are often submerged or negated by the indoctrination, dishonest "compensations" in one way or the other, and lack of real personal responsibility that so frequently typify much of that generation. Not to generalize about all, but these traits show up constantly with many, perhaps most of such, and majority rules.


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

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