First Lady Laura Bush will have her own mark in history as part of President Bush's legacy. She has made inroads into the betterment of the lives of women all around the world, as well as in our own country, and yet she has done so with very little fanfare. That is her way.
As the media and the nasty people on the other side of the aisle have enjoyed not writing about the good that has come from Bush administration policies, Laura Bush has freely pursued her own agenda. Her focus is on women, on health and education issues for women and for children.
Laura Bush, unlike the incoming first lady who doesn't understand the goodness of our country as she has told us repeatedly, loves the freedoms in America and shares with joy. Laura Bush believes that women will lead the world into better conditions for families everywhere.
Recently, Mrs. Bush met with a small group of historians, biographers, historians, and journalists in the Yellow Oval Room at the White House. Perhaps one day some of those in attendance will write of Mrs. Bush's story.
Mrs. Bush is a feminist in the truest sense of the word. She displays a quiet confidence and dignity that the old washed up leaders of the feminist movement lost touch with. Mrs. Bush is mocked as a stepford wife, as a mindless robot smiling and nodding at her husband's side. Ignorance is rampant on the left side of the aisle.
Laura Bush reaches out across the political aisle. She was the catalyst for education reform, the first major legislative activity of the first Bush term. She was meeting with Ted Kennedy on Capitol Hill on the day of 9/11/01.
Kathleen Parker wrote in National Review online, "As Mrs. Bush noted Monday, health is a freedom issue. To be free, one must first be alive. Then, one must be educated."
"The U.N. reports that 774 million people worldwide cannot read or write. Of those, two-thirds are women. Seventy-five million children don't attend school. The First Lady, who is an honorary ambassador for the U.N. Literacy Decade, spoke earlier this month at the U.N. about the importance of closing the gender gap in literacy."
Mrs. Bush said, "If women are educated, everything across the board improves for their families." As usual, there was no press coverage noting that the First Lady spoke before the U.N. Mrs. Bush has been to Afghanistan three times since moving to the White House. She is largely responsible for the education opportunities for women and girls in that country today.
Mrs. Bush made a ground breaking tour of the Middle East last year, opening clinics for women to promote health care, in particular as it relates to breast cancer awareness. You may remember it was another quiet but strong Republican first lady who brought breast cancer awareness to the forefront several decades ago - Betty Ford.
Laura Bush has been instrumental in the progress in Africa for better health and living conditions. The campaign to eradicate malaria and her distribution of nets to hang over beds at night, her push to bring more HIV/AIDS drugs onto the continent, supervising clean water projects, and so on. Bono, a rarity in the entertainment world as a common sense kind of guy, has consistently praised her and President Bush for their promotion of projects around the globe.
The likes of slimy novelist Curtis Sittenfeld, author of "American Wife" loosely based on Laura Bush and not in a flattering way, begrudging gave the Bush administration a back handed compliment for Mrs. Bush's work. "I will miss Mrs. Bush not only for keeping me guessing but also for seeming like an intelligent and compassionate presence in a White House not widely recognized for its intelligence or compassion - for being the one person in there whom I'm pretty sure a lot of us would like even more if only we knew her better." Foolish haters like her are the ones Mrs. Bush's legacy will embarrass the most.
Mrs. Bush led the way for our nation's renewed awareness of the human rights conditions in Burma and she refused to ever call it Myanmar.
The American people will feel the loss of this First Lady. She will be replaced by an undeserving one, from all past statements and actions we have seen so far. Even at Fishbowl L.A., where an article ran about the making of celebrities out of the Obamas : "We took it as a joke (and a bad one at that) when John McCain tried to compare Obama to Paris Hilton, et al. But it turns out Barack Obama's presidential win is not only historic for breaking racial barriers and exciting a whole generation fo new voters. It's historic for how -- and whom -- covered it. Us Weekly treats the Obamas like the Jolie-Pitts, complete with baby photos and sartorial critiques. Could you imagine an Us Weekly cover featuring John Kerry and Teresa Heinz?"
"We're glad to see the tabs as excited as the rest of the country about this historic day, but we hope this new trend in celeb reporting doesn't last. It's one thing to hear what Obama's family had to say on election night, it'll be another if they stat asking the First Family to weigh in on the latest exploits of Britney Spears."
Well, there's always Oprah. She finally got her moment on her television show to make an ass out of herself, all smug and happy as the other Obama robots. She did the fake outreach to those not voting for her man and looked even worse. Quite a feat. She doesn't get it - the arrogance and smug attitude of the Obama worshipers is what turns off others not so inclined to fall for the marketing of the man.
Keep it classy, Democrats.