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Barbara Bush's remarks

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  • HardstyleprepHardstyleprep Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Barbara Bush's Beautiful Mind

    "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths," Barbara Bush said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18, 2003. "Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
  • HardstyleprepHardstyleprep Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Her Beautiful Mind
    by Joyce Marcel

    What could be behind the Bush Administration's decision to censor the photographs of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq? Could it really be, as the government says, to respect "the privacy of the families?" Or is it to hide the realities of war for political reasons? Or is it to protect the delicate sensitivities of the ruling class as Americans die to build them an empire?

    As the argument over this censorship continues, I hope people remember a widely-quoted remark made by the president's mother, Barbara Bush, last year during the build-up of the war - the lying time.

    "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths," Barbara Bush said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18, 2003. "Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

    We know this particular censorship can't be about privacy. Since the photos were made public last week, many family members have praised their publication. And since the coffins are anonymous, where is the privacy to be protected?

    Were the pictures censored to prevent Americans from having a visceral understanding of the price we must pay for our aggressions overseas? Does "out of sight, out of mind" mean we will not hesitate to "stay the course"?

    This thinking dates back to the Vietnam War, when some conservatives decided that the war was "lost" because of television. But those televised images were in our living rooms for years before the final fruitlessness of our effort brought the war to a close.

    Most of us know that over 700 American soldiers have died in Iraq so far - and we're still counting. That means 700 extended families in mourning, 700 pictures of funerals and crying parents on the front pages of home-town newspapers, and 700 communities paying their hushed last respects. The number of people personally touched by the deaths of Americans in Iraq is growing exponentially.

    Until last week, most of us didn't personally know anyone killed in Iraq. But the need to know was a force starting to hit critical mass:


    First, newspapers and magazines began to do stories about soldiers in rehabilitation - men and women learning to live with without arms and legs. From Iraq, as of this writing, there have been 2,470 Americans wounded so badly they could not return to their duty. (Another 1,394 were able to return after being hurt, according to several Web sites tracking the numbers.)
    The coffin photographs started leaking out.
    Garry Trudeau courageously allowed his "Doonesbury" character, B.D., to get his leg shot off, which brought the war home to the funny pages.
    NFL football star Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan put an even more personal face on war.
    The American people, to their eternal credit, want to know the truth. The Seattle Times ran the first coffin picture, taken by a contract cargo worker in Kuwait who wanted to show the parents back home how respectfully their children's bodies were being treated. (She and her husband, who was also working in Kuwait, were fired.) The Times' editor reported that almost 100 percent of the feedback the first day was favorable. The next day, favorable comments were running 50-to-1, and the day after 30- or 40-to-1. (Many more pictures, taken by the government and released through the Freedom of Information Act, are available on-line at www.thememoryhole.com).

    To bring home the deaths even more, on tomorrow night's "Nightline," Ted Koppel will devote the entire hour to showing photographs and reading the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq.

    You can argue both ways about the long-term impact of these images. Those who believe we need to be in Iraq will accept the deaths as the price we pay for "liberating" the country. Those who are adamantly opposed to the war will see it as the cost of occupation and empire.

    As the discussion over the censorship of the photos continues, I hope people remember the blood-chilling arrogance of Barbara Bush's remark. None of us have beautiful minds. We all have bloody minds now, and bloody hands. Whatever our political persuasion, the pictures should make us more aware than ever that war should be a last resort, not a first.
  • HardstyleprepHardstyleprep Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Barbara Bush: Oh, those disaster victims are just so lucky (9:18 am)
    Sometimes, I still get surprised by how out of touch and callous these people are…
    Read below….


    Barbara Bush: Things Working Out ‘Very Well’ for Poor Evacuees from New
    Orleans

    By E&P Staff

    Published: September 05, 2005 7:25 PM ET updated 8:00 PM

    NEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the
    poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, “This is working very well for them.”

    The former First Lady’s remarks were aired this evening on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace” program.

    She was part of a group in Houston today at the Astrodome that included her husband and former President Bill Clinton, who were chosen by her son, the current president, to head fundraising efforts for the recovery. Sen. Hilary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were also present.

    In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: “Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we’re going to move to Houston.”

    Then she added: “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—this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”



    posted by Tracy Van Slyke
    Reader Comments
    Looks like Barbara studied up for her interview by watching a GOOD TIMES marathon on Nick at Night.

    posted by rmb on 9-6-05 at 11:53 AM
    It’s clear from Babs remarks that “W’s” gene pool is tainted. The ole girl’s elitism matches her husband’s facination with the scanning machine at the grocery store.

    Heres hoping there is a PR deluge from this extremely stupid remark.

    As someone has observed, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

    posted by Lackey Rowe on 9-6-05 at 12:45 PM
    Relevant anecdote:

    My family used to do the dry cleaning for the old man Bush...one day, our drapery guys go to the Walker household, the old man’s mother. They’re sweating their asses off, putting up these big drapes in their big house.

    So the old lady offers them some iced tea. They readily accept; but when they follow her into the dining room, she has this embarrassed look on her face and says, “The servant’s quarters are over there.”

    True story.

    posted by rocco on 9-6-05 at 1:03 PM
    Ride it like a fiord: ”...700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the Superdome since last Sunday."
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9175611/page/2/

    posted by Tim Christopher on 9-6-05 at 4:33 PM
    “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this—this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”


    Looks like Dubya got his special form of sensitivity and compassion from the mothers’ side.

    posted by Rabbit on 9-7-05 at 7:29 AM
    I was once told that ignorance is bliss, and in so many ways the Bush regime continues to display that very fact. It would have been nice to have her stand in the center of Dome durring the 3rd day of turmoil and deliver that very message to the desperate and destitue...they would have ripped that woman to shreds.

    posted by Vvondale Reynolds on 9-7-05 at 2:53 PM
    They should slaughter that cow, Barbara, and feed her to the crowds. That would lend a very Tennessee Williams - Suddenly Last Summer - motif to this tragedy. How perfect!

    posted by Keith Gore Wiseman on 9-8-05 at 2:42 PM
    I did not agree with the outburst Kanye West made on national TV after the Katrina disaster. One thing he said was, “George Bush dosen’t care about black people”. Perhaps I was too quick to dismiss the comments West made. Barbara Bush’s ignorant and disgusting comments are evidence that West may in fact be right.

    posted by Sean Ryan on 9-8-05 at 8:45 PM
    “Looks like Barbara studied up for her interview by watching a GOOD TIMES marathon on Nick at Night.” - rmb

    I deficated in the Bush gene pool
  • socal05socal05 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    What is the point of posting more “Hate Barbara Bush” comments from some other site??

    It is very disingenuous to excuse the MANY insensitive, out of touch, crass, gay bashing comments of the ultra-privileged Teresa Heinz Kerry, while making such a big deal out of one misstatement by Mrs. Bush. You are exposing your hypocrisy. If any of those words had come out of Barbara Bush’s mouth, you would be all over it.
  • dmd77dmd77 Registered User Posts: 8,663 Senior Member
    I have already said that I was saddened by BB's remarks; I also think that the particular remark of THK that you posted (and yes, I am aware of many insensitive things she has said, as well, which have also saddened me) indicate a fine grasp of the priorities. Water *is* the highest priority for the maintenance of life. You have about 4 days (more or less) without water; 30 days without food; and (weather permitting) no need for clothing, as many Florida "naturist" colonies have proven. THK did not say that people were better off without clothing; she said water should come first.
  • socal05socal05 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    If Barbara had said, "Let them go naked," you would have reamed her for it.
  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
    It saddens me alot. Its a mentality that should not justed be brushed aside.

    These people had jobs. What she said sounded like they didn't have anything to lose. And they did.

    Maybe they lost less "things" but what they had is gone

    Her words reflect the policy of this Government.
  • socal05socal05 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    And your hero, THK, said, "Let them go naked." That is a lot worse.
  • mootmommootmom Registered User Posts: 4,162 Senior Member
    Oh bull, there's nothing at all wrong with being naked. It's not considered acceptable in this society, but it's not a worldwide concern.

    I don't recall anyone deeming Theresa Heinz Kerry their hero. Stick to the subject at hand, please, rather than pointing somewhere else and saying, "See? That was bad too, but you don't complain about that." Her remarks got plenty of hot air blown around about them when they were first uttered. How far back shall we go in trading remarks that may have been better off unspoken? I'll bet we could keep it up for days, at least: there's quite a history of it among prominent Americans who should have known better.

    Which is what the OP started this thread to lament in the first place.
  • dmd77dmd77 Registered User Posts: 8,663 Senior Member
    Wow, mootmom, thanks for the defense!
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