Tuesday, September 06, 2005


The Chicago Tribune reports that former first lady Barbara Bush had the following to say after touring the Astrodome with her husband and Bill Clinton:

"'What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality,' she said during a radio interview with the American Public Media program 'Marketplace.' 'And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.'"

I am hoping and praying that this was all taken out of context, although the Tribune is pretty Republican. First, why is it scary that the people in the Astrodome want to stay in Texas? Hmmm. Second, did she really just say that life as a refugee was cool for people if they were poor anyway? Barbara Bush? She was the GOOD one in that clan. Maybe it was all taken out of context. I hope. Please.

ADDENDUM: I have now heard the audio and since there is still no context (i.e. the paragraph before or after what she said) I still hold out hope that it was misunderstood. The audio is here if you want to listen for yourself.


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