Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Poor Laura!

What's going to happen to Laura Bush? This is a subject I've spent much time (too much time) brooding over lately. This is a woman with probably twenty to thirty (or more) years of life left to her. How is she going to live out the rest of her days with the shame hanging over her head? Sooner or later it's bound to dawn on her (if it hasn't already) that her homicidal/frat boy husband is one of the worst war criminals in all recorded human history - fourth in line only to Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. (That isn't mere speculation on my part; that is a proven and undeniable fact!) By now, he's even outdone Saddam Hussein in terms of sheer, murderous proficiency. Sooner or later, George will be spending his declining years rotting away at a prison in Leavenworth or the Hague. What will she do? Where will she go? The poor woman...the poor, poor woman.... I'm not trying to be funny here, folks (well, OK, maybe a little tongue in cheek!) But I do feel a very real sense of sympathy for Mrs. Bush and her two daughters, Barbara and Jenna. What will become of them?

I knew lots of girls like Laura Bush in High School and College: pretty - but jaw droppingly shallow gals who ended up marrying pretty - but jaw droppingly shallow guys. You remember them, don't you? They could be spotted in any school cafeteria. They were the Mary Poppins crowd: "Practically perfect in every way"; never a hair out of place and loathe to give even the time of day to the likes of me. I remember this girl named Cheryl - a Laura Bush type if there ever was one. She's probably working for the Republican National Committee at this very moment. One night in 1974 or 1975, me and three friends (John Harragin, Paul Scesa and Dan O'Brien - Hi guys!) decided to quietly crash a party she was giving at her home. I guess we had a reputation for being part of the druggie crowd. When she looked out her back door and saw the three of us mingling with her elite little group, she let out a scream - not a gasp, mind you, but a cold-blooded, terror-filled, Inner Sanctum style shriek:


I never understood what her problem was. We even brought our own drugs with us.

I imagine that if I had gone to High School with Mrs. Bush, we wouldn't have done much hanging out together. I never would have been invited to one of her parties and she would not have been caught dead at one of mine:

"Try a hit of this Orange Sunshine, Laura. You'll be up for days!"

No. Scenes that weird have a tendency to stretch the imagination beyond the breaking point. FULL DISCLOSURE: I quit using on my nineteenth birthday - thirty years ago this August 16th and (coincidentally) the day Elvis Presley died - but that's another story for another day. Just say no to drugs, kids! There....I feel better already.

This fantastic speculation of mine is really kind of off the point. Laura Bush probably thought she had won the lottery the day she wed the half-witted son of a former congressman, Director of the CIA and Chairman of the Republican National Committee (Should anyone from that organization be reading this, say "hi" to Cheryl for me!) It was a match made in Heaven - or so she must have felt at the time: two horrifically mediocre and boring kids, utterly lacking in any kind of real substance or intellectual depth, bound for a bland yet privileged life of restricted country clubs, exclusive parties and the rubbing of elbows with some heavy duty power brokers. When her knucklehead of a father-in-law became the vice-president (and then the president!) she must have been on cloud nine.

Then came the day! On January 20, 2001, her husband - the man she must have given up on too many times to count due to his excessive drinking and drug use - became only the forty-second human being in two-hundred and twelve years to hold the title of President of the United States of America. Whoa! That must have been a heady moment, indeed! Of course the only way he had been able to pull it off was by stealing the election. You see, George was not the Bush who was supposed to follow his father into the White House. That expectation had been laid at the feet of his younger (and only somewhat smarter brother) John E. Bush. If Jeb was bitter by this turn of events, he didn't show it. In fact, just to prove what a good sport he was, as Governor of the State of Florida, he was able to concoct a scheme that removed fifty-seven thousand African Americans from the list of registered voters! (People of color tend to vote Democratic. Go figure.) The trick worked and as a result, Dubya was able to win that state - and, thus, the national election - by a hair.

Laura Bush must be aware that the ensuing years of her husband's "rule" (I can't force myself to use the word "leadership") have been calamitous for her country. What might she be thinking as she drifts off into what I'm sure must be a troubled night's sleep? Her taste in men aside, I never got the impression that the woman is totally clueless. In fact, it has always seemed that there is real, genuine goodness in her - a goodness that is non-existent in the idiot she married in 1977. What must be going through her mind? Surely she has to realize that her husband's administration is the most murderously corrupt and incompetent one in the history of this nation. Does she think about the dead? The 655,000-plus Iraqi men, women and little children? The 3,600-plus American servicemen and women? She must be absolutely tormented about all of these things and more! Does she realize that the two children she loves more than life itself will be remembered by history for nothing more than the fact that they were the offspring of this horrible and disgusting president? Can you imagine if Hitler had had kids? Just think how difficult their lives would have been! How does she live with it? Only a complete and utter sociopath could be unaffected by it all.

The rest of her life will be difficult - no question about it. It's easy to visualize her at the end of her days - a sad and reclusive woman imprisoned by events she really had no control over. An innocent bystander whose only crime was to fall in love with and marry a man who would ultimately prove to be a sadistic war monger. Of all the characters on the stage of this hideous play, she is, without question, its one sympathetic figure.

Maybe someday, Laura will open up and reveal what she really thought about her husband's reign of terror. Until that day arrives (if it ever arrives) we can only speculate. But of this we may be relatively certain: the rest of her life - and the lives of her two daughters - will be spent dealing with the shame and embarrassment of being a loved one of George W. Bush.

Can you even imagine?

Tom Degan

Goshen, NY


At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your last blog entry with (some) interest. Just like you to worry about old Laura! ;o)
Well, perhaps you're giving her too much credit. On the other hand, the way you describe the perfect(ly shallow) individuals of her ilk, is probably accurate. Since W was a cheerleader, don't know what Laura could have done in school...field hockey?? LOL

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Tom,
Lena from Hopewell here...the previous post is mine, but last part didn't appear.
Just wanted to wish you well, and KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON, my friend.
Hope you're enjoying the summer!
PS: our county legislator decided to invite Laura to the dedication of our new library...need I tell you the outcome?

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom,

Thank you for your thoughts on this post; it gives me a chance to say some things on my mind.

I think you're right about Laura Bush that she is a good person. I
don't know if you ever heard this, but she was involved a tragic car accident as a teen just after she began driving. She killed the other driver, but was never charged. The article appeared years ago in Reader's Digest. It hinted that she may have been affected by alcohol, and the investigating officer may have pitied her because she was so distraught. If she has been carrying that guilt around, it makes sense she would end up with someone who would only make her miserable. Guilt tells us we don't deserve any happiness.

We don't see what goes on between her and her husband, but I can imagine what it's like after observing the incident with Merkel from Germany when George grabbed her neck and tried to give her a massage! He obviously doesn't understand anything about inappropriate touching, or even worse, he did it purposely to dominate and humiliate her. What do you think he does to make it so we never hear much from Laura in the way of any personal opinions about affairs of state?

Laura Bush is not a weak or stupid woman. But I believe out of love for her children and others, she is keeping quiet and bearing up under some very miserable conditions. I can certainly understand her on this. It's amazing how much a woman will endure if she thinks she is doing it for her children.

I would just say this to Laura and any other woman in her situation: it's not worth it to let someone else rob you of your self-respect. In the end no one, not even your children will respect you for it.

I wish her strength and wisdom to deal with her situation.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura needs to give hubby a driving lesson.
Chug, chug.
Now you stand here, Georgie.
Chug, chug.
Don't move, Georgie.
I saw this on tv, Georgie, and the guy on "jackass" did fine.
Chug, chug.
You ready, Georgie?

Dang, Georgie, ya look like a roadkill, but ah still love ya. It wasn't the tairarists-ts that gotcha.


At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Tom, but I really think the woman is clueless. Do you remember the cancellation of the White House Symposium on Poetry and the American Voice in February of 2003? CNN reported it this way:

The first lady subsequently canceled the symposium, saying she "did not believe poetry should be used for political purposes."

Oh man! Need I say more?
Read the full story here:


At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always thought Laura Bush looks like she's vaguely "out of it" - which, let's be honest, is the state I'd aim for if married to Dubya.
The fact that she's stayed with this criminal says volumes about her. Although, now that I think about it, maybe it's not so easy to give up all that money the Bush family has. And maybe she's afraid Barbara will put out a hit on her, if she leaves.

Mary Eman

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good insight Tom,

Once upon a time I earned money by being a psychic reader and I belong to a group of women who had like talents. We looked upon the upcoming Bush years and all we saw was blackness and terror, before Jan, 2001. We were in Texas and knew of Georgie good works personally, LOL! One of our other insights was that Laura had been paid a large amount of money not to divorce her hubby by the family. I do not think she loved her drunk husband and she did love her daughters. We felt she was under great pressure at the time.

Bush was a failure at all before someone decided for him to run as Governor and then for president. He could not be divorced, a drunk and a total failure and be able to still win the ultimate prize.

I knew lots of girls like Laura Bush as I grew up and went to public school, but for a little while I went to a private high school in Houston where girls for the most part were smart, rich, college bond and did not have to depend on their looks to catch a husband. It was nice to learn a woman did not need to have husband to succeed. Molly Ivins also grew up in a private school just down the street, where I went to church. I think independence of women's thinking had a lot to do with money in cities like Houston.

West Texas, however was a whole other world was where Laura grew up. For that matter most of small town Texas is a whole other world, like the rest of the South's bible belt. Full of bibles, class rules, hidden alcoholics and self-rightnesses. And most of all a woman had to have a husband to be proper woman.

I think Laura will divorce George once he is out office. I am sorry, but I doubt the Supreme Court that we now have, will ever let him go to any court to be tried. Maybe Germany will have the guts to get even with the USA for their treatment during WWII.

If I could will it to be, I would. Pray for it I can and I am a pagan thus I see that Mother Earth is already punishing us all for what we have allowed to happen to this land of ours. Just look at the news, if you do not believe me.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Todd said...

Liked this post as well, Tom! Although personally I don't feel too bad for Laura, but I do imagine she's somewhat embarrassed by Dubya. Anyway, I agree with the last comment in that I don't think the current supreme court will do anything to him :-(

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Tom you're ascribing some self-reflection to a robotic personality who, as another commentator said, always appears to be sedated. I think she's been paid whoppingly well for this long term role she has snagged herself and if the gay Georgie rumours are true (Jeff Gannon, other such visitors logged into White House residence at odd hours)then it is in name only. She seems to genuinely love her twins whereas their father looks always as if he needs to be introduced to them. A sad and sick family (and I include the hapless Shrub in that too). Terribly damaged. They give the descriptive "dysfunctional" a whole new slant don't they. It is cataclysmic that close to 700,000 victims perished as a result of this. But like I read recently they don't give a rat's a** about voter/populist opinion. They are fleeing to Paraguay and Dubai with their ill-gotten billions

At 10:52 PM, Blogger David said...

Hitler may not have had children (that we know of), but the sons of his nephew are alive and well living on Long Island, NY. They've vowed not to reproduce. Perhaps Jenna and Barbara will do the same...one can only hope.

Story at: http://archives.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/books/02/05/last.hitlers.cnna/

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning I was an observer/guest at a meeting where at one point people are called upon to give brief extemporaneous talks. One seemingly-intelligent woman was asked to identify some woman whom she views as a leader and role model. Her first comment was that she could tell us who she *doesn't* respect: a pushy woman who was trying to force her way onto the national stage where she wasn't wanted and had nothing to offer. (Would you be surprised to hear that her initials are H.C.?)

However, the speaker does know someone who ought to be held up as an example to follow and emulate: our intelligent, gracious, and brave first lady, Laura Bush. She spoke enthusiastically about what a fine person Mrs. Bush is, and how much moral and intellectual leadership she has to offer. She also mentioned how wonderful it is that she's so supportive of her fabulous husband, and how she hopes that Mrs. Bush will become more active and visible on the national scene.

The group is expected to applaud each speaker, and although I believe that I kept my face neutral and hid my dismay (actually my face froze), I somehow managed to drop my pen on the floor during the ovation and was otherwise occupied when her sentiments were met with apparent enthusiasm.

I really have nothing against Laura Bush and accept that this person has as much right to her opinion as I have to mine, but nevertheless am horrified/depressed/frightened by such uncritical defense of what I perceive as indefensible.

Am I all wrong and the world's all right? Or perhaps someone put LSD in the coffee.


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