TRENDING: Barbara Bush to Palin: stay in Alaska
– by CNN’s Gabriella Schwarz
Sarah Palin may not have the biggest fan in former first lady Barbara Bush.
“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said. “And she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.”
Bush, along with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, spoke to CNN’s Larry King in an interview set to air Monday. (— Continued).
While I consider Barbara Bush’s dismissive remark about Sarah Palin — “she should stay in Alaska” — to be gruff and unnecessary, consider the source: she’s the wife of a former President who also has a son who is a former President, she’s elderly, she’s known to be candid-approaching-cranky, and she’s far more Liberal than many among the Right have ever been pleased with. Her son, former President George W. Bush, was elected to the Presidency and was far more Conservative than both of his parents and experienced his own range of sniping comments by Mrs. Bush, his own mother.
So Mrs. Bush is speaking from her assumption of authority about the Presidency; and, if speaking only from her own experience, her experience is certainly credible, though disagreeable to some. Meaning, she’s lived a life chock-full of perspective and exceptional contact to our nation’s Executive Branch and it’s not a lightweight perspective but a considerable one from whence she speaks. It’s just that what she speaks is charged with this bite that she’s known to apply to her opinions.
Even if one disagrees with her rough remark about Palin, it’s simply a remark. And said to a Leftwing media personality (Larry King) who she regards as a friend — who is also way up there in years — as does her husband (former President George H.W. Bush) and so this sitdown with King by former President Bush and wife, Barbara, should be viewed as three Liberals chatting among themselves (with variations of opinions but base-line Liberals).
So these are three Liberal — and aged — people moreorless carved in stone as to their incredibly wide-range of experiences as individuals. They should be expected to speak from a stoic perspective on just about anything and everything known to them if any viewer is familiar with who these three individuals are. Mrs. Bush’s remarks do not, therefore, represent a sacrosanct edict “from the Right” about Sarah Palin.
The internet, however, is freaking-out. Mrs. Bush’s remarks mean this, that, are awful, she’s to be ridiculed (and is being ridiculed), she’s that-this-yes-no, the GOP is this, that, yeargghhh.
Worse, there is the blogging bunch regarded (by some) as offering “serious political analysis” railing on Palin, amplifying Mrs. Bush’s political dismissal of her, and then those others from opposite perspective who are making mince-pie out of Mrs. Bush’s words if not also her.
People are vastly overreacting to this remark by Mrs. Bush. She was never President — nor had any female ever been President in her knowledge of history, past or anticipated from her perspective — and her views are far more Leftwing than many, even today, on the Right will (or did) find acceptable. So she’s said a catty thing. From what I recall of Mrs. Bush when she was the First Lady, she was well known for being both highly respectable and admired as a First Lady but also quite blunt in stating her equally blunt opinions.
What she said about Palin is one of those blunt opinions. But it’s just one person’s opinion. And some on the Right — and many on the Left — ought to try to allow others the space to say what they think on issues and on public figures when appropriate, and keep their wits about them.
I can think of a great deal to freak-out about but Barbara Bush’s remarks are not one of those things.