Barbara Bush Says The Country’s Had Enough Bushes

At Last, I Can Finally Agree With a ‘Bush’

Barbara Bush Says The Country's Had Enough Bushes

Thursday former First Lady Barbara Bush was a guest on the “Today” show.  She was asked if she missed being in the White House.  Her reply; “not one darned thing”.  And I would assume that if the truth were told, most First Ladies would agree.  Having a husband who has a 24 hour a day job, and ages before your eyes because of the immense stress and pressure of the job, must inspire dreams of a ‘normal life’.

Her daughter-in-law, Laura Bush was also a guest, and said she loved every moment of her eight years while her husband held the nation’s highest office.  Well, we all know how hard he worked!  But, I digress.

The Senior Mrs. Bush was asked if she thought her son Jeb should be a candidate for the Presidency in 2016.

“He’s by far the best-qualified man, but no. I really don’t.”  She added to speculation of a White House bid:  “I think it’s a great country, there are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.” In other words, the country’s had enough Bushes.

I couldn’t agree more.

Her husband, George Herbert Walker Bush, was a mediocre President at best.  His highest and lowest points were significant, but he will be remembered for little else, but his name.

The “Americans With Disabilities Act” of 1990 was a law long overdue to assist the hundreds of thousands who require assistance living a normal day to day existence.  There are daily abuses, but the good outweighs the bad.

His most despicable act was at the end of “Operation Desert Storm”, when he promised the Shiites in Iraq United States assistance if they would overthrow the Sunni government of Saddam Hussein.  Thousands of Shiites were killed by Hussein’s forces as all of the U.S. military left the region.

George W. Bush was a lazy President who embarrassed the American public.  There will be no good memories of his Presidency.  Putting American forces in harm’s way under false pretenses, and allowing Wall Street to bankrupt America will be his heritage.

It’s a nice thing when I can agree with any of the Bush family.  I also agree with her that if Jeb Bush were to run, he is by far the most intelligent and well qualified of the family.  I respect many things about the man.  It’s just that darn name.  It’s simply a bad ‘word association’.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express