Here's what she said today after visiting relief efforts at the Houston Astrodome:
"Almost everyone I've talked to said we're going to move to Houston. What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. (Said with concern.) Everybody is so overwhelmed by all the hospitality. And so many of the peoples in the arenas here, you know, they were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
Why that stuck up, humpbacked, Depends-wearing, patrician bitch! No wonder Dubya is Dubya... you raised him to be like that! I bet he feels pretty much the same about the Katrina survivors in the Astrodome, except he wants them out of Texas just a little bit more.
I would like to see Barbara spend just one week in the Astrodome. It would rock her world.
I can just see her, huddled on her army cot, two feet away on each side from all of her neighbors.
Forced to sleep next to the homeless woman who talks to herself and screams in the middle of the night.
Clutching at her stuff for fear that someone will take it.
Only reluctantly leaving her place to wait in lines at the bathrooms and public showers.
Returning from the showers, only to find her stuff stolen and her cot taken.
Forced to wait in line for thrift store clothing and a blanket, wrapping it around herself, and sleeping in an uncomfortable stadium seat in the upper deck, head covered so that the stadium lights don't keep her awake.
Staying like that until she wakes up with swolen ankles and numerous aches and pains.
Finally taking someone else's cot, only to have an angry black woman, kids in tow, yelling at her about two inches from her face, the black woman's kids crying, asking where daddy is and wanting to go home, asking questions about their dead, drowned dog Patches that their mother just can't answer.
The family will stay there for six weeks, before getting sent away even further from the city they loved, to another shelter in Nebraska, a thousand miles away from anyone they know, far, far away from their relatives in Alabama, no money to get there anyway, no prospects for the mother to get another job... and they still don't know where daddy has gone.
Yeah. It's really working out very well for them, isn't it?!
*** UPDATE - You can listen to the audio of the statement here, if you would like.
Obviously I would've disliked Bab's more, had I heard this other quote earlier:
"But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
- Barbara Bush on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18, 2003, objecting to critics of the Iraq war speaking of how many would die. ***