You go, Laura Bush!!

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  1. I've always liked her, now I like her more.

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/13/laura-bush-backs-gay-marriage-abortion-rights/?icid=main|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politic sdaily.com%2F2010%2F05%2F13%2Flaura-bush-backs-gay-marriage-abortion-rights%2F

  2. Really? I found it depressing. The woman had 8 years to state those opinions and actually have them make a difference. I'd respect her more if she wasn't a total hypocrite. Speaking up now is weak. The message it sends is, if you're the wife of a powerful man you shut up and know your place - that's more important than gay marriage or safe access to abortions.

  3. I can't say I really "like" her (I always thought she was creepily robotic), but I am happy to hear her views. Maybe she's not so Stepford-esque afterall.

  4. I'd have liked it better if she'd spoken up earlier but am glad she did now anyway.

  5. Sorry swakarya_27 but I have to agree with Steph... you can't tell me she had a sudden miraculous change of heart over the last 12 months.

    She didn't agree with her husbands policies, yet lied to the public and said she did in order to get him in the white house.

    When I heard the highlights, all I could think was "typical". Cheney did the same thing about gay marriage.

    She had a responsibility to tell us the truth as first lady, she didn't. Now she has no clout, she's all "ohhhh yes, women's rights! gay rights!!" blah blah blah

    Ema

  6. Well, actually, as someone who covered the Bush White House as a reporter, (although mostly did DOJ and SCOTUS) it was well known that Laura did not agree with her husband on social issues all the time. I mean, she can't always be out there contradicting him, but she let it known that she had some different views but didn't think it her place to eclipse her husband....

  7. I guess I see it a bit differently....is there any where that LB came out and said SHE did not support gay marriage or abortion rights?

    I mean she's not an elected official. I think she's entitled to her opinions. My DH and I have different opinions on certain things, but if I were elected President, I would listen to him, but I wouldn't expect him to undercut me?

    I see what you are saying though.....

  8. I am glad she is actually saying something now esp. when there seems to be more polarization between Republicans and Democrats on this issue but alo do totally agree with stefano69. It would have been much more powerful if she had been honest about her thoughts on these topics while her husband was President. And youngihmhaps she also stayed quiet to appease the GOP base who aren't pro-choice (which is not the same things as saying you are pro-abortion) and are not for marriage equality for all in order to maintain support for her husband come re-election time or at least to keep the poll numbers on those issues, kwim? I have lost a lot of respect for the GOP over the years (used to consider myself more of a moderate Republican--fiscally responsible but socially liberal but now am a registered Independent) and lost even more respect for Dick Cheney during his time as VP (with the 1st election, I actually believed he as VP made GW a stronger candidate, even though I didn't think GW was a rock star by any means on his own, I felt like he was surrounding himself with great people---Boy was I wrong, IMHO) but have to say I do really respect him for how vocally supportive he has been for marriage equality (as a state issue, not a federal one).

    Really? I found it depressing. The woman had 8 years to state those opinions and actually have them make a difference. I'd respect her more if she wasn't a total hypocrite. Speaking up now is weak. The message it sends is, if you're the wife of a powerful man you shut up and know your place - that's more important than gay marriage or safe access to abortions.

  9. Well yes...it would have been more powerful, but I still applaud her for having those beliefs and for stating them publicly. I mean, she is at the epicenter of the right wing, KWIM?

    Then again, I have an irrational love for Laura Bush. Must be my Texan background but there is something about her voice, her mannerisms...it's very soothing to me! LOL. Saw her on Oprah recently promoting her new book and I seriously adore her. And I am SO not a Republican.

  10. I was always felt middle of the road about her

    It is really easy to wish that she spoke up earlier, but I am willing to bet that Michelle Obama does not agree with everything her husband is doing. Everyone has different opinions, but I think it would be irresponsible for ANY First Lady to disagree with her husbands politics while he is in office. Just how I feel.

  11. I was so pleased to see LB's expression of her views. She proved herself to be such a reasonable youngihmson. Maybe even reasonable enough to recognize that there may be a more effective time, in the future, for her to share her opinions about abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

  12. I was so pleased to see LB's expression of her views. She proved herself to be such a reasonable youngihmson. Maybe even reasonable enough to recognize that there may be a more effective time, in the future, for her to share her opinions about abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

    Couldn't have said it better, so I will just quote you!

    And I enjoyed her on Oprah, as well. I really like her and her daughters, too.

  13. I read a great novel that's loosely (or not so loosely) based on her life, called American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld. I'm not a fan of the woman, but the novel definitely makes her very sympathetic. You end up liking her a lot, no matter what you think of her husband or his politics. Highly recommended.

    (In real life, I still think she's a two-faced hypocrite. But I suspended judgment and fully enjoyed the novel!).

  14. It is really easy to wish that she spoke up earlier, but I am willing to bet that Michelle Obama does not agree with everything her husband is doing. Everyone has different opinions, but I think it would be irresponsible for ANY First Lady to disagree with her husbands politics while he is in office. Just how I feel.

    I feel the same way. Although, I've always liked the lady. I think part of the first lady's job is to support her DH. I would say she was a hypocrit if she were out there saying gay marriage or abortion is wrong, but I don't remember her doing that.

  15. I feel like such an eeediot! I thought this was one of the daughters....!

    I do remember back a couple of years that she said that Dubbya felt embarrassed by his less than stellar speaking youngihmformances. She said one night when they were driving home after an engagement, and he asked her how she thought the speech went, and she hemmed and hawed - he got so frustrated he *slightly* crashed the car into the garage.
    I remember thinking at the time "Well, at least someone's not afraid to tell the guy the truth" (unlike Trump)

  16. Good for her! She's proof that gay rights should not be a party-line issue but a humanitarian one.

  17. You go away Laura Bush! (someone had to say it)

  18. I was always felt middle of the road about her It is really easy to wish that she spoke up earlier, but I am willing to bet that Michelle Obama does not agree with everything her husband is doing. Everyone has different opinions, but I think it would be irresponsible for ANY First Lady to disagree with her husbands politics while he is in office. Just how I feel.

    Well said...thats what I was thinking

  19. I always liked her and poise. I also liked her MIL, Barbara Bush. I heard stories that she used to bake her secret service guys cookies and made them feel like her own family and that she was so down to earth.

    Laura Bush is certainly entitled to her opinion on issues on policitical and humanitarian. Whether or not she expresses them now or while her husband was in office isn't really important to me. Although, I think our of respect for husband and the presidential office, she may have not have been as eager to stir up potential controversy. She was not an elected official. In the same sense, Michelle Obama's views do not matter to me but the president and other elected official's views do matter to me. I look at it as when a celebrity speaks their mind on a topic - their view isn't that important to me. It is sometimes interesting to hear but it is just their opinion.

  20. I like Laura Bush and her daughters. I think they are well educated, youngihmsonable, and very well spoken. I think the three of them disagreed with many of GWB positions on many social issues. I have enjoyed seeing her on the circuit.

    I LOATHE Barbara Bush as I think she is an out of touch snob, racist biotch.

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