POLITICO reports that Glamour magazine is going to honor Laura Bush and her two daughters Jenna and Barbara.
During the Bush years, I laughed at Jenna's antics, I did a pretty good (sounding) impersonation of Laura Bush. Barbara never got an insult from me mainly because I focused on mocking her sister.
I do not care for Bully Boy Bush. I think he was a War Criminal. I will never forgive him for the Iraq War and a host of other things.
But I will say "I am sorry" to two of the Bush women.
Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, I am sorry. You were not the president.
I wasn't doing blue material on either woman.
But a lot's happened since they left the White House.
For example, everyone could and did make fun of Laura Bush. Sometimes good-spirited fun, sometimes mean-spirited (I was of the mean-spirited type). She was First Lady and she was treated like other ones.
Today we have Michelle Obama and you can't even point out that her right eye is significantly smaller than her left eye without getting complaints from people you've never heard of before. And heaven forbid anyone pokes gentle fun at her and you know they won't go mean-sprited.
I asked my grandmother, "Did they not make fun of Jackie O?" I figured tht would be a good place to check. My grandmother said they ridiculed Jackie for the way she spoke and even for the assassination (she said Lenny Bruce had a vicious routine about the assassination). But Michelle's off-limits and so are the Obama daughters.
I don't play that game.
And if I'd known this is where we would be after Bush left the White House, I never would have cracked a joke about Jenna's antics or about Laura Bush.
Again, my apologies.
And also my thanks.
I never once heard Laura Bush whine in any interview that someone was making fun of the way she spoke or whatever. She knew. She had the same TV channels as the rest of us. And I bet you she thought, "Comes with the territory."
I did too.
But it only comes with the territory for some people.
So, to Laura Bush, you always seemed genuinely concerned about reading. I'm sure you'd be a blast in a book club. And even in the darkest period for America, you never acted like the sky was falling. So thank you for that. When people tried to glorify your husband and tried to act as though he were hand-picked by God, you reminded the country that he was just a human being like anyone else. I thank you for that too. And thank you for never griping about the impersonations or the jokes.
Jenna, you were a young woman growing up. Your escapades were nothing compared to mine and you had to grow up with the whole world watching. So I'll congratulate you on much more common sense than I had at the same age. I also applaud you for getting off the plane barefoot on a trip with your mother overseas. That's when I thought, "Oh, I'll leave her alone." I saw that as a no-pretense moment.
Again, I wrongly suffered under the impression that all First Ladies were potential comedy material. My apologies to Laura Bush because I never would have done my impersonation of her if I'd known that after she left the White House, it was suddenly off limits to joke about the First Lady.
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