The most polite gentleman in the world, Scissorhead TommySpoon, is gonna be disappointed in me, because I have nothing nice to say about the late first lady, Babs-the-Impaler. My polite version is that she was not a force for good.
Besides giving birth to, and raising, a nest of cambions, crooks, and out-right thieves the likes of which the world has never before known (Hi Chimpy! Hi JEB!, Hi Doro, Hi Silverado, Hi Marv!), she was a special kind of monster herself.
Her amused proclamations during the unfolding Katrina disaster:
“Almost everyone I’ve talked to says, ‘We’re going to move to Houston.’ What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them.”
It’s really an two-fer, spoken by an entitled racist ghoul: which is pretty scary is almost never remembered, because everyone focuses on the Marie Antoinette-like let-them-eat-cake-in-the-Astrodome surrounded by dead bodies and raw sewage.
So the official hagiography is that she was down-to-earth, broccolli apologist, fake pearls, and literacy-focused, a loving mother and wife. But the literacy was as fake as the pop-beads. It was a thousand-points-of-light P.R. to counter Nancy’s War on Drugs. Babs’ idea to show Chimpy the pickle jar is about all you need to know about the motherhood part. And whatever horrors happened in that marriage should remain unknown; the truly curious can always rent Rosemary’s Baby for a loose outline.
There’s a certain amount of rose-colored glasses we all are allowed to peer through, and nostalgia is a great blur-er (is too a word!), and certainly the Poppy Bush kinder-gentler era seems like a golden time compared to now (unless you were an Iraqi), but never forget that he (and she) were part of the Reagan VooDoo Economics, trickle-down, screw-the-poor, grasping gang of thieves that put us in our current tragedy. Yes, they were Never Trump, but that is only because they were Always Bush and wanted ¡JEB! to put the Bush Crime Family back in power.
PS – Babs-the-Impaler, while on her deathbed said to the doctors in attendance that George turned out the way he did because she smoked and drank while she was pregnant.
So, this was working very well for him.
Mean as a snake until the very end. Seriously, what kind of monster would leave that behind to haunt her kid.