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Did Barbara Bush Really Say That?

Original post made by Taylor, Country Fair, on Feb 23, 2008

I just read this today, and I thought it was a joke. Unforunately, it's not. Barbara Bush actually said, on March 18, 2003, on Good Morning America,

"Why should we hear about body bags and death? I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

This was in reference to the Bush administration's decision to block flag-draped coffins of U. S. soldiers killed in Iraq from being photographed.

Maybe if her granddaughters were fighting in Iraq she would have found it relevant. What a truly horrific statement from the mother of our president, the man who instigated this war.





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Posted by Bill
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

It takes effort to wrap one's beautiful mind around that statement. The Bush family doesn't shine in the areas of empathy and intelligence.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:27 am

Yes, she did! She also said of the Katrina victims who were homeless and living in the AstroDome in Houston, "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."

She also said "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."

That woman is vile to say the least. I think that family just revels in death and destruction.

You have to be very divorced from reality to believe that losing every possession you own and having to live on a cot in a sport's arena is "working" for people. Sick.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Can you prove that BB said what you claim she said? Please cite your sources?

thank you...


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Posted by Erin
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Cholo, I read the above comments about the Katrina victims in various newspapers at the time of the tragedy. Just google those words, and you'll find the sources.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:47 pm

How come what BB says matters to you? Maybe it's a matter of mind over matter...you don't mind so therefore she doesn't matter.

It seems that most of the Bush family is out of touch with reality anyway...I think that there time is just about over...no more presidents, they're over!


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Posted by Willy
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Don't be too quick to write off the Bush clan. There are rumors that the GOP establishment is going to force McCain to pick Jeb Bush as his running mate.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Bush can do a lot of damage in the time remaining. Should I really think nothing of the occupation of Iraq and all the blood on American hands? BB is very proud of her boy, you know. He's done a good job looting our country for the enrichment of his buddies. If there were any justice, he and Cheney would be in jail. As it is, if he's ever impeached for his crimes, I'll be shocked. Should we just look the other way or be grateful he's out of office? No, we should send him to the Hague.


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Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I think you mean the International Criminal Court, which is in the city the Hague, the Netherlands. Web Link


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 27, 2008 at 8:27 am

Yes, that's I'm writing of, sending them to criminal court for international crimes. The city is refered to as The Hague according to Wiki: Web Link

On a democratic board I post on, this is how everyone refers to it as well. Thanks for clarifying for those who may not know.


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Janna, please cite your sources. It's unfair to provide exact statements, in quotation marks, then say you read it "in various newspapers at the time of the tragedy." How is it you remember the *exact wording* of the statement but you cannot even recall which newspaper(s) published the report? Please post a web link to the original source so that your comments will be viewed as more than just heresay.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 28, 2008 at 8:16 am

Actually, I didn't say I read it in various newspapers, Erin did. The search engine is your friend, you should try it. I searched Barbara Bush Astrodome and got lots of hits. Here's a couple of links for you though:

NYT: Web Link
Snopes: Web Link

I recall at the time, adding her comments to the list of outrages that were occurring around Katrina. You know, like Bush and McCain eating birthday cake as if they had no care in the world while people were drowning. If you need a source for that, you can search Bush Cake Katrina. There are pictures of that. Oh, and Bush having a photo-op with 3 helicopters sitting behind him, meanwhile the tv showing a split screen with people waiting to be rescued on their roofs. That one really got my husband irrate. I could go on...

People who are paying attention remember this and won't view it as heresay. It was quite talked about at the time as you'll see if you do your own search.


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Posted by Gene
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm

If you check Snopes.com you will find these statements as being true. The Iraq statement was part of a longer statement regarding the news reporting to be 90% speculation and therefore she didn't want to waste her time. This is her feeling not mine, if you read the entire text from the Diane Sawyer interview. Also, the Katrina statement is true per Snopes. It was made on Sept. 5, 2005 on a radio show called Marketplace.


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