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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Barbara Bush: Housekeeper put fetus in jar

By Matt DeLong

Updated 11/23/2010 at 10:44 a.m.

During an interview with CNN's Larry King that aired Monday, former first lady Barbara Bush elaborated on the miscarriage anecdote that her son George W. Bush told in his book, "Decision Points." Barbara Bush said it was the housekeeper who put the fetus into a jar and handed it to George, not her.

KING: You also disclose, Barbara -- George discloses something very personal about you, which he says you gave him special permission to write about. He wrote that when you once had a miscarriage, you showed him the fetus in the jar.
BARBARA BUSH: No, really the truth is ...
KING: We touched on it before. But we didn't elaborate.
BARBARA BUSH: I didn't put it in the jar.
KING: What?
BARBARA BUSH: It's not in the library. No ...
KING: I know.
BARBARA BUSH: George -- Paula put it in the jar. And I was shocked when she gave it to him to -- but, you know, memories dim a little bit but, anyway. But he was very ...

Original post:

Among the stories former President George W. Bush shares for the first time in his new book, "Decision Points," is how he came to hold strong pro-life views. One major influence, Bush said, was an event that occurred during his teens when his mother, Barbara, suffered a miscarriage. Bush described the incident in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that aired Monday:

When Barbara Bush miscarried at home, she had young George drive her to the hospital. In her lap, Barbara Bush held a jar containing the remains of the fetus, George Bush said.
"She says to her teenage kid, 'Here's a fetus,' " the former president told Lauer. "No question it -- that affected me -- my philosophy that we should respect life."
Recalling what he saw in the jar, Bush wrote, "There was a human life, a little brother or sister."

The interview that aired Monday is part of Bush's return to the airwaves in an effort to publicize his book. The former president will appear live with Lauer on the "Today" show Wednesday morning. In the meantime, you can watch Bush describe the miscarriage incident here:

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Comments

Blame the servant! The ultimate cop-out of the rich.

Posted by: Awake | November 25, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

nannieturner

It appears that you aren't very astute. isn't that correct?

Under the circumstances existing in 2001-2, had Al Gore been president, chances are quirete good that he'd have done the same thing. Read his speech in 1998 where he condemned Saddam hussein. Al didn't become a pussy until after his tragic loss to Bush - which apparently pushed him over the edge.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Just think of how many American soldiers,Iraqi citizens(women and children),and Afghans would be alive today if only that had been W. in that jar.Think of all the money we would not owe China today.Think of the total mess we would not be in today.Tragic.

Posted by: nannieturner | November 24, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The fact is, many many siuglar incidents in a person's life form their character and their convictions. This is just one of thousands of such incidents in Bush's life.
Many of the comments made about it here are stunningly ill informed about the process and trauma of misscarriage, and I find that to be much more disturbing than the reality of what a woman is instructed by their physician to do when it occurs.
The fact that there are so many people with such hate for persons they do not know, and have limited knowledge of amazes me. But I'm not surprised. Some people will grope for any reason to hate Bush and his family, even if there is no longer a reason to.

Posted by: moonlitesonata2 | November 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Barbara was for abortion and she has always made her presents felt by everyone whether they wanted it or not. I don't know why there is an attraction to give her any air time to express her opinions on anything.

Posted by: c4246 | November 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused about all this concern about a single fetus in a jar. Yet, not a single note of sympathy about the thousands of fetuses that go into dumpsters following abortions.

Oh wait, this is a liberal rag. Never mind.

Posted by: itsmemikeyt | November 24, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness most of the posts are negative. Most of the posts realize how insane this was. To the ones who found sanity in this situation, there are people around to help you. There are men and women in white coats that will try to help you if you will only let them. I kept expecting her to say that when they took the top off the jar that W popped out. Except for a little brain damaged from being pickled for so long it just proves that anyone or anything can become president.

Posted by: racam | November 24, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

This might be the reason that Dubya turned into this Nations only War Criminal. Historians and Scholars over the years have said there had to be something in Hitler and Stalins child hood that would turned them into the monsters that they became. Now we know. Pickel Jars.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 24, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

arancia: I would read the "horrible man's" book for the same reason I would read the current president's book...it's who they want to be judged as. Perhaps I have a more neutral view of both men then you do. Certainly I wouldn't be calling Mrs. Bush, Babs...unless I actually did know her and she enjoyed the nickname.

As for projection---posters were calling this issue between mother and son "creepy". I don't believe that I started the "projection".

My original point---miscarriage isn't simple, straight-forward or something that can follow "rules" i.e. that your children should not end up being "involved".

As for "Kennebunkport rich"....the Bush's house in Midland was 1575 sq ft with three bedrooms and a "sleeping porch". Not bad for 1953 (bigger than a Levittown home for instance) but certainly not in anyway "rich". The one in Houston was bigger but by then there was also 5 children.

Posted by: mil1 | November 24, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

You put the fetus in a jar or a paper towel and you take it to the hospital so the doctor can see that there's not still gunk up inside of you. The burying of placenta is not the same as the collection and presentation to doctors of fetuses.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | November 24, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

You put the fetus in a jar or a paper towel and you take it to the hospital so the doctor can see that there's not still gunk up inside of you. The burying of placenta is not the same as the collection and presentation to doctors of fetuses.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | November 24, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes! The familiar smell of pants on fire...

Posted by: braultrl | November 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes! The familiar smell of pants on fire...

Posted by: braultrl | November 24, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes! The familiar smell of pants on fire...

Posted by: braultrl | November 24, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"BARBARA BUSH: I didn't put it in the jar.

KING: What?

BARBARA BUSH: It's not in the library. No ...

KING: I know.

BARBARA BUSH: George -- Paula put it in the jar. And I was shocked when she gave it to him to -- but, you know, memories dim a little bit but, anyway. But he was very ..."

Why did the housekeeper give the young George W. Bush the fetus in the jar?

IOW, the claim is made that George W. Bush was shown the fetus in the jar, but now we have Mrs. Bush saying "I was shocked when she gave it to him to -- but,...."

"Gave it to him to --"...do what with?

I bet I know.

The housekeeper gave it to him to bury, like one would bury a dead pet cat or dead pet bird out in the backyard.

So, I figure that in the backyard of one of the Bush's previous homes there is a filled-in hole containing a fetus in a jar, put there by George W. Bush.

Posted by: wizard2000 | November 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Discretion is the better part of valor.

Posted by: 2belinda | November 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mil1: For crying out loud, of course I haven't read the book! Why would I buy that horrible man's book? I saw the interview and this is what GWB himself said,

"She says to her teenage kid, 'Here's a fetus,'" the pro-life President recounted to Lauer. "No question it - that affected me - my philosophy that we should respect life...There was a human life, a little brother or sister."

Show vs hand, 14 vs 16. Makes no difference.

And come on, these people were RICH even then. Bush came from Kennebunkport royalty. They had a housekeeper and she could have driven Babs to the hospital.

And yes you do just clean up. That's what women do. Cleaning up involves putting the remains in a jar and making sure you aren't covered in blood. And not traumatizing your child.

I had my share of problems when I was serving my career in the military too. Your SSgt was probably a bit better prepared than a teenage kid. Remember, at the time GWB was a teenager boys didn't know what they know today about women.

Don't project your experience on this situation. Even if GWB was the only driver around, Babs could have been a bit more sensitive.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 23, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Some W supporters have their panties in a twist, we did not know about the FETUS gate until, you decided to make money off of your LIES, so whom do I believe W OR Barbara, (the people of New Orleans are ungrateful that we moved them to my City where they are much better ?

Posted by: corintonic | November 23, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

An example of who taught GW to lie as Barbara blames her maid. One thing Babbs missed was GW was on the Today Show and Matt asked him why he put the fetus story in the book. GW said he talked it over with his Mom and she approved or he wouldn't have put it in the book. After every Mom who heard the fetus story, it was clear Barbara is a very mentally ill woman and GW is damaged by the trama. Now the cat's out the bag like a true Republican and liar Babbs blames the maid, who can't defend herself. Much like GW blame everyone for the mess he caused. This story will be used and spinned by the Bush lovers but it's to late for the lie or the blame game.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | November 23, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry that should have read: she could have left Jeb (10), Neil (8), Marvin (7) and Dorothy (6) with George...this was her last pregnancy....

Posted by: mil1 | November 23, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Memories fade, but the one thing that doesn't ring true is when Bush refers to this incident as his basis for being pro-life. Remember when you were 16? If your mom asked you to drive her to the hospital because of a miscarriage, you might be sad, or shocked, or you might feel empathy, but I doubt you would be thinking about "pro-life" politics. Furthermore, when GWB was 16, it was 1962 or thereabout, so abortion was not the hot-button issue it became a decade later.

Posted by: readerny | November 23, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing that's odd. If you were to write about such a personal thing with your mother's consent, wouldn't you discuss with her what you were going to write?

I mean if they were so close, brought closer by a fetus in a jar, why wouldn't George let Babs have a look at the paragraphs before it went to print? Kind of odd to have a Mom and son sniping at each other in the press.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 23, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

arranca12 said: "You explain to your son what happened but you don't hand a fetus to a boy who doesn't have the ego strength to comprehend what happened.

As when GWB's sister died, they simply pretended it didn't happen. No explanation."

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I take it you haven't actually read the book. That "boy" , was 16 at the time, and DROVE his mother to the hospital...she was the one with the fetus in a jar in her lap. I think they faced the crisis with quite a bit of strength...any guesses why Mrs. Bush didn't drive? Everyone understand that she might still be bleeding...you don't just "clean up" from this---you hemorrhage you way to the hospital (and some women hemorrhage to death).

And yes, I have had the experience, only my driver was my poor single Staff Sergeant who used his brand new car to take me. We grabbed a coat (can't remember whose) so that I wouldn't bleed on the new interior. And yes, it was an education for both of us.

As for you second comment, didn't you just say don't tell the kid about the miscarriage and then blame the Bushes for not telling about his sister's death from leukemia? George was 4 at the time of his sister's death, so it would be a little hard but possible to tell a 4 year old if it hadn't been so traumatic on Barbara Bush that her hair turned white and she became severely depressed (Jeb was only 8 or 9 months old at the time as well)...

Must be so easy to be able to make these Monday morning quarterback decisions....I find that the son taking comfort that his mother trusted him enough in this instance to help her in this crisis very much like a mother/son relationship should be...

And your right, she could have had the housekeeper drive her and leave Jeb with George...it was a tough decision but I know I would have loved to have a family member with me, to spite how absolutely wonderful my Staff Sergeant (much later a very good Chief Master Sgt) was!

Posted by: mil1 | November 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Barbra is one tough woman having one child die and another miscarry must be very difficult. What did you expect him to call the fetus? Bush recalled thinking it would have been a brother or a sister. Would you haters out there have rather had her flush it down the toilet or throw it out with the trash? Think about the womans emotional state.

Posted by: stanleycustom
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Don't get your panties in a wad. Of course she needed to take the remains to the hospital.

Most 14 year olds don't have the maturity to deal with their mother's miscarriage. The sight of a fetus is pretty shocking. One would think the mom would think of her living child and try and make it a bit less traumatic.

All she really had to do was tell her son she needed to go the hospital but that she wasn't in any danger. She could have easily covered the remains and after she was in the hospital she could have talked to her son and explained what happened.

Doesn't it seem a bit odd that it was so necessary for her to share her miscarried fetus with her son when at the death of her daughter George didn't go to the hospital and they didn't even have a funeral? According to George, they didn't even discuss what happened.

Odd. Very Odd.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

You meant to say that King George LIE AGAIN??? What else did lie about? Oh that IS RIGHT THE WMD AND WE ARE STILL IN IRAQ.

Posted by: corintonic | November 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow... can one person hold that much guilt?? Amazing.

Posted by: BobbyYarush | November 23, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who never miscarried at home or at work let me explain some things.

First, what do you do with what was a forming baby (yes, a fetus); well if you call the doctor or hospital they will tell you try and bring it in---why? Because possibly not all of the fetus was spontaneously aborted and you, the formerly pregnant woman might be in danger if the fetus didn't fully abort. The Bushes didn't "keep the fetus in a jar" they needed to drive to the hospital and let the physician see it!

So none of this discussion is "creepy" or even not something to discuss in public...get a grip people; this is a process that a woman's body goes through if the fetus or it's support system doesn't form correctly.

Since medical science can't determine how many women spontaneously abort at home (work, etc) they say that as much as 25 percent of pregnancies could be miscarriages with a good part of them not even realized as miscarriages--just heavier than normal menses.

In the past women wouldn't tell anyone they were pregnant until past the 10th week as this is the most prevalent time to miscarry.

What are you people who think this creepy telling your sons and daughters about life and death and where babies come from? Good grief.

Posted by: mil1 | November 23, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Question for all you moralist high and mighty types: When a woman experiences the trauma of a miscarriage what should be the correct course of action?

Posted by: goongagoolunga
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The correct course of action is to deal with it like an adult. You don't show your teenaged son a fetus in a jar. You clean up. You get a neighbor or your housekeeper to drive you to the hospital. You explain to your son what happened but you don't hand a fetus to a boy who doesn't have the ego strength to comprehend what happened.

As when GWB's sister died, they simply pretended it didn't happen. No explanation. No discussion. No funeral. Just hey, she's gone and by the way, here's a fetus.

No wonder this family is so screwed up.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who never miscarried at home or at work let me explain some things.

First, what do you do with what was a forming baby (yes, a fetus); well if you call the doctor or hospital they will tell you try and bring it in---why? Because possibly not all of the fetus was spontaneously aborted and you, the formerly pregnant woman might be in danger if the fetus didn't fully abort.

So none of this discussion is "creepy" or even not something to discuss in public...get a grip people; this is a process that a woman's body goes through if the fetus or it's support system doesn't form correctly.

Since medical science can't determine how many women spontaneously abort at home (work, etc) they say that as much as 25 percent of pregnancies could be miscarriages with a good part of them not even realized as miscarriages--just heavier than normal menses.

In the past women wouldn't tell anyone they were pregnant until past the 10th week as this is the most prevalent time to miscarry.

What are you people who think this creepy telling your sons and daughters about life and death? Good grief.

Posted by: mil1 | November 23, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Barbra is one tough woman having one child die and another miscarry must be very difficult. What did you expect him to call the fetus? Bush recalled thinking it would have been a brother or a sister. Would you haters out there have rather had her flush it down the toilet or throw it out with the trash? Think about the womans emotional state.

Posted by: stanleycustom | November 23, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

That whole family is sick sick sick

Posted by: rcubedkc | November 23, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Question for all you moralist high and mighty types: When a woman experiences the trauma of a miscarriage what should be the correct course of action?

Posted by: goongagoolunga | November 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Question for all you moralist high and mighty types: When a woman experiences the trauma of a miscarriage what should be the correct course of action?

Posted by: goongagoolunga | November 23, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting is a nice way to put it. Mr. Bush and Mrs. Bush some things are better if they are kept private. Sir, you don't need the money, please lets not have anymore private information of this nature discussed in public. I am now a believer in the info on toyota runaway org about the Have Nots, Haves and Have Mores.

Posted by: Moley2 | November 23, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

These are without a doubt the meanest comments I have ever read. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. A mother lost her child. Your irational hatred of the president does not excuse this kind of vitriol.

Posted by: beckejt
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beckejt - kiss my asss. These clowns want to make money off their stupidity but they don't want to be held up to ridicule. Newsflash - if you act like an organ grinder's monkey people are going to make fun of you ... kind of like I'm doing to you.

Posted by: xconservative | November 23, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Can there really be any doubt that George, the Village Idiot Bush is the dumbest man ever elected president? He is a cretinous simpleton without even enough wit to know when to be embarrassed. Unfortunately that left the American people embarrassed for him (and us) for eight miserable years.

Posted by: xconservative | November 23, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

These are without a doubt the meanest comments I have ever read. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. A mother lost her child. Your irational hatred of the president does not excuse this kind of vitriol.

Posted by: beckejt | November 23, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with "memories becom[ing] dim, it's about the dim-wit that wrote the book to begin with.

What a disgusting slug

Posted by: chamateddy | November 23, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

For Mr. Bush to publically relate this story, true or not, is totally tasteless, and more than a little creepy. In the words of Dead Eye Cheney, "Low Class-Big Time."

Posted by: BBear1 | November 23, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The biggest myth about Dumbya is that he has a brain. When it comes to a fetus in a jar, even the simplest of the simple minds can remember who carried the jar.

Posted by: ronjeske | November 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Poor Barbara. Good help is so hard to find these days. How did they house keeper get her hands on the fetus?? Was she assisting the veterinarian during the birth???

Posted by: thebobbob | November 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

W. The guy lives in some dream world where perceptions and recollections are unattached to reality.

Posted by: gggg2 | November 23, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

W. The guy lives in some dream world where perceptions and recollections are unattached to reality.

Posted by: gggg2 | November 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

W. The guy lives in some dream world where perceptions and recollections are unattached to reality.

Posted by: gggg2 | November 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The only person less interesting or competent or newsworthy than GWB is "I love to interrupt to hear my own voice" Larry King.

Shutting up is a skill, and neither of these bozos have it.

Posted by: gpsman | November 23, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else annoyed at what a horrible job of interviewing King is doing in this clip?

King talks over half of what Mrs. Bush says and just when it appears she may be about to say something about her son's response to this ("he [GWB] was very..."), King cuts her off to ask her something trivial. Terrible, terrible interviewing.

Posted by: JefComment | November 23, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Sure. Blame in on the housekeeper. Meg Whitman did. Must be a Republican thing.

Posted by: dyannne | November 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The "Ick" factor is way off the charts on this one. No wonder this guy turned out to be a psyco.

Posted by: wheelman | November 23, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

GOP MAKES CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO FORCE OBAMA TO PROVE HE IS A U.S. CITIZEN? EXPERTS SAY OBAMA WAS FALSELY VENTED BY NANCY PALOSI AND HARRY REID IN WHAT COULD BE THE HIGHEST ACT OF TREASON IN WORLD HISTORY? THEY GO ON TO SAY OBAMA'S REFUSAL TO PROVIDE A LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND EVIDENCE THAT HE WAS BORN IN KENYA MAKES THIS HIGH TREASON? EXPERTS SAY OBAMA WILL DROP OUT OF THE 2012 RACE IF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FORCES HIM TO PROVIDE A LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE?


Posted by: Richie5 | November 23, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I stopped listening to Barbara after the whole "poor people in immediate post-Katrina New Orleans are better off shoved in the Superdome than they were in their homes anyway and are overwhelmed to be there."

Kanye West just got the wrong Bush.

Posted by: sarahabc | November 23, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is memoir worthy?!

Posted by: powersiege | November 23, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what else he remembers incorrectly that affected so many others?

Posted by: witmark | November 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what else he remembers incorrectly that affected so many others?

Posted by: witmark | November 23, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

When the Bush family talks about a dead baby they call it a fetus? Isn't that hypocritical? The baby in the jar.

Posted by: onefather | November 23, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The housekeeper MAY have put it in the jar, but the housekeeper doesn't do anything without an "okay" from the queen bee.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The man who started the war in Iraq based on lies (WMD) that then killed over 4,000 of OUR men and women not to mention countless innocent Iraqis says he "values human life". Sounds like BS to me.

What's worse is the people who believe and defend the Faux Cowboy! After all these years his followers are still blind to the war crimes and evil that he wrought hiding behind a cloak of religion!

BTW, the only time I've ever felt any respect for good old Barbara was when she said Palin should stay in Alaska where gold diggers belong.

Posted by: davidbronx | November 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Paula - Mom: same, same

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting, if President GW Bush could not remember the details of an important eventlike a miscarriage, that changed his life, what does he remember that is actually TRUE that changed his life?

Enquiring minds want to know, how the President can get it so wrong and feel so right!

Posted by: patmatthews | November 23, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Fetus likely realized the family it was going to be born into and took the easy way out.

Posted by: streetnoise | November 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, here's anther way in which the rich are "very different" from the rest of us. While, sadly, women of all socio-economic groups miscarry, and some have this happen while at home, only the rich would ask "the help" to deal with it (a jar? were there no blankets in this house?!?) and then display it to her son while he was driving her to the hospital, which means he was 16 or older, not a "young child" as one poster above said.

Posted by: jcolky | November 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank God this "Decision Points" book tour has answered all of the burning questions about the Bush years:

1. Who put the fetus in a jar?
2. Are his testicles black?

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | November 23, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The more Barbara opens her yap...the more I respect both Georges for over coming the life they had with her.

Poor Laura.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The more Barbara opens her yap...the more I respect both Georges for over coming the life they had with her.

Poor Laura.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The more Barbara opens her yap...the more I respect both Georges for over coming the life they had with her.

Poor Laura.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Another misremembrance by Shrub in his book "Deception Points".

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 23, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The more Barbara opens her yap...the more I respect George for over coming the life he had with her.

Poor Laura.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time I liked this woman. I thought she did an outstanding job as FLOTUS. Barbara was a strong woman who spoke her mind. She called things as she saw them. Unfortunately she married an evil man and had an idiot son. Both of whom cost this country a great deal. So there goes any logical reason to like this woman.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Gee, isn't it time to say " Shut up Barbara" yet?

Her open pie hole tried to sink Palin's credibility, and now she attacks her own son's credibility....Good Grief.

Everyone in the World is wrong, but Barb will set them all straight because she is 'always right'.

Perhaps hormones and mental health therapy might help her.

Posted by: dottydo | November 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It is a bizarre story on many levels.

Posted by: barbnc | November 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Great. The housekeeper put the fetus in a jar. Thanks for that important detail of W's life. It's just a bit more important that thanks to Barbara's lame-brained son, many Americans can't afford a house, much less a housekeeper. Respect for life indeed.

Posted by: Bob22003 | November 23, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Babs didn't put the fetus in the jar, but her son sure put the crimes into his fake wars - http://www.muddypolitics.com/

Posted by: niklee1111 | November 23, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

>There is such a thing as a "just" >war.
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>Posted by: clawrence12 | November >10, 2010 9:10 AM | Report

You are absolutely right. Bush's foray into Afghanistan was one of them. That's where the terrorists were training. On the other hand, his attack on Iraq was not. And that's what he will be remembered for.

Posted by: jgindles | November 23, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Bush Fetus runs in 2016

Posted by: MerrillFrank | November 23, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

That is one of the most sickening things I have ever heard.

Posted by: itsme12 | November 23, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I can understand a young boy being upset when confronted with a fetus in a jar a child which his mother had lost. However, Bush's reasoning has never progressed further. It is not an unusual thing for women to lose a child before they reach full term. Sometimes the fetus is not viable. I am sure that Barbara Bush was quite upset when this happened. It does seem unusual and rather dysfunctional that she showed this fetus to him when he drove her to the hospital.
It seems clear that G.W. Bush has not thought through the abortion issue. He uses a miscarriage as his reason for being "pro-life". What if this situation had been different. What if for instance his mother's life was threatened by this pregnancy? What if this child was not wanted and his parents had all they could do to clothe the kids they already had? What if Barbara had chosen to get an abortion but since abortions were illegal she had gotten a backstreet abortion and became infected and it affected her health for the rest of her life or she died?
The issue of Pro-life vs. abortion is much more complicated than G. W. Bush appreciates. It is frightening to think that a man who thinks in such a shallow manner had control of the future of the U.S. for 8 years.

Posted by: OhMy | November 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Note how long most of these liberal posts are. It's a liberal thing--just keep rambling.
Like Obama, like Kerry, et al, they string paragraph after paragraph together, all saying nothing, only expressing their usual incomprehensible anger and poison.
Thank God Americans are finally waking up to them.
Thank you, President Bush, for a job well done.

Posted by: robtay12003

Is it "conservative thing" to post the same comment 4 times, since you don't really have anything to say?

Back to the topic at hand: I don't have a problem with a woman taking her miscarried fetus to the hospital. Seems like the medically advisable thing to do, in fact. And I don't have a problem with people who are "pro-life" unless they are also pro-death penalty and go around starting wars that kill adults, children and babies whose names they will never know and whose faces they will never see.

Posted by: Rachelva | November 23, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Barbara didn't get the fetus bronzed and have an altar built for it, considering how much the fundies worship fetii.

Posted by: solsticebelle | November 23, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Uoughtano, your heartfelt comment is so wonderful to see from the left bringing us all together. I do hope that Barack Obama and Larry Sinclair also keep in touch. As you wrote, such a close and intimate friendship is so special.

Posted by: clawrence12 | November 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

There is such a thing as a "just" war.

Posted by: clawrence12 | November 10, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

G.W. Bush claims to be pro life, and yet he had on compunction about starting a war with Iraq which killed thousands upon thousands of Iraqis and cost at least four thousand of our soldiers their lives.
It seems to me that a man who claims to be pro-life would show more concern for the living.
This anecdote about his mother's miscarriage seems to show, once again, how little W. thinks through the complications of this issue.

Posted by: OhMy | November 10, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

The history book is the book to read on Bush jr. when it comes. If only he just kept up his drinking, the world would had been a better place. Thanks SUPREME COURT for nothing.

Posted by: usapdx | November 10, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising since Republicans LOVE embryos but oppose Obamacare that allows parents to buy health insurance for their children LIVING with pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: angie12106 | November 10, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

TMI. By the standards of behavior that long ago, something went awry. I remember a time when even uttering the word "pregnant" was taboo (not that long ago, still in the 1970s).

Posted by: readerny | November 10, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Haveaheart said, "Why would a woman 1) put a miscarried fetus in a jar and 2) shove it in her teenaged son's face?"

She probably put it in a jar to take to the hospital to show the OB that there was a total miscarriage. The doctor would want to know if there was anything left in her womb. The article does not say that she shoved it in her teenaged son's face.

I am curtious. What do you think she should have done with the fetus?

I think that fetus was one of George Bush's siblings. I know that I was a four or five month fetus once and so were you.

Posted by: GPFR | November 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Note how long most of these liberal posts are. It's a liberal thing--just keep rambling.
Like Obama, like Kerry, et al, they string paragraph after paragraph together, all saying nothing, only expressing their usual incomprehensible anger and poison.
Thank God Americans are finally waking up to them.
Thank you, President Bush, for a job well done.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 9, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Note how long most of these liberal posts are. It's a liberal thing--just keep rambling.
Like Obama, like Kerry, et al, they string paragraph after paragraph together, all saying nothing, only expressing their usual incomprehensible anger and poison.
Thank God Americans are finally waking up to them.
Thank you, President Bush, for a job well done.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Note how long most of these liberal posts are. It's a liberal thing--just keep rambling.
Like Obama, like Kerry, et al, they string paragraph after paragraph together, all saying nothing, only expressing their usual incomprehensible anger and poison.
Thank God Americans are finally waking up to them.
Thank you, President Bush, for a job well done.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Note how long most of these liberal posts are. It's a liberal thing--just keep rambling.
Like Obama, like Kerry, et al, they string paragraph after paragraph together, all saying nothing, only expressing their usual incomprehensible anger and poison.
Thank God Americans are finally waking up to them.
Thank you, President Bush, for a job well done.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 9, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

A man of class, courage, and impeccable character.
A great president and an American hero.
Thank you, President Bush.

Posted by: robtay12003 | November 9, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I respect President Bush and I know that he thinks he did what was right for the nation. But it pisses me off that a draft dodging hot headed, foul mouth, "draft dodging" Dick-head Cheney would associate anything to leaving a soldier on the battlefield!

Posted by: madstamina | November 9, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I do hope George W Bush and Victor Ashe keep in touch. Friendship is so special.

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Posted by: goodlucky88 | November 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

this one story shows you how retarded bush really is -- for starters he probably was being a peeking tom and walked in on his mother trying to deal with the situation...

this proves that religious people really don't know jack about biology, life, death, and human physiology.

he's definitely retarded -- and i didn't vote for him.

Posted by: FranknErnest | November 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

You have to be one demented idiot to carry a fetus around with you and then to top it off, show it to your teenage son.

There are plenty of medical books that treat the subject with in a more clinical and less macabre fashion as this. That Junior would even bring this up, is evidence of his cold and wacko childhood.

This family are as suspected, sick and B Bush is one weird bent women

Posted by: Redchaser | November 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

You have to be one demented idiot to carry a fetus around with you and then to top it off, show it to your teenage son.

There are plenty of medical books that treat the subject with in a more clinical and less macabre fashion as this. That Junior would even bring this up, is evidence of his cold and wacko childhood.

This family are as suspected, sick and B Bush is one weird bent women

Posted by: Redchaser | November 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse


I don't suppose he would have felt differently if his mother had been raped, would he?


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | November 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes and his Mother's body decided to abort if for reasons of it's own. Humans howver have bodies and minds and can use their mind to decide if it is the right time. One way or anothe the Mother is risking her life and should have a say in the matter of when to give birth to life to be cared for. There are many born children whose lives are not optimum and would be even better if population is controlled.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | November 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Note to teens who are driving their mothers to the hospital. Better to keep your eyes on the road no matter how bat guano crazy it gets.

How 'odd' that poor Bar Bush did not have an extra tote bag, shoulder bag, make-up case, a whatever or even a grocery brown paper bag ....

WTF?


Posted by: Gracefulboomer | November 9, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

save what you pass and bring it to the hospital was standard procedure as recently as the 1970's, and probably still is in some places. I expect Bush Sr. was out of town as that is the way that sort of thing usually seems to happen, which means someone else had to drive her to the hospital. Old enough to drive is old enough not to freak out and old enough to form opinions. Not bizarre at all.

Posted by: abbyandmollycats | November 9, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Great story President Bush. We love you and miss you and the ever gracious Laura.
God speed to both of you.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | November 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

A miscarried fetus in a jar taught him to "respect life"?

I'm not going to make a snarky comment because you know that would traumatize me for sure, but I just don't get the connection there. She had a miscarriage so young girls who are victims or rape or incest or just plain incapable of caring for the potential child should be forced to carry to term?

Help me out here........

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

janna2:

"Respectfully"?! You trot out smears about GWB's behavior as "often described as a precursor of evil in the person's later years" that we are not surprised about, and then expect those of us who think he was a better President than Obama to just sit there and say nothing?

"I don't think so. The guy didn't have a chance with a mother like his. SHAME on her! SHAME on the dad! SHAME on G. W. Bush! It's sickening, to say the least. Actually, it makes me angry and ill."

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Before I make my comment: I don't know that I would personally choose to reveal the level detail that former Pres. Bush does in retelling this incident.

That said, miscarriage is (sadly) a very common experience. And given how common it the ignorance displayed in many of the comments here is appalling.

First, it is *still* fairly standard medical practice for a miscarrying mother to be asked to bring the fetal remains to a doctor, either to verify the miscarriage or for testing. Mrs. Bush was not "bringing a fetus home in a jar/keeping a fetus in a jar."

Second, Pres. Bush would have been a teenager in the early 1960s -- when our knowledge of pregnancy was still very limited and before ultrasound technology had been refined or was common practice. Mrs. Bush's actions were simply common sense for the time.

Again, absolutely jaw-dropping insensitivity and ignorance of basic biology on display in these comments.

Posted by: eamc | November 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"The only ones I see making 'political positions' out of tragic incidents are intelligence-deprived leftists like yourself.

Posted by: dbw1 "

Oh, really? Then why DID W. bring up his mother's miscarriage and the fetus in the jar and say it shaped his political views? Aren't you missing something?

Posted by: thrh | November 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bush, Sir with all due respect, you did not need to go there. This article was the second worst info I got today. First I learned from toyota runaway org that I am a Slave, then this article was disgusting.

Posted by: Moley2 | November 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A heartwarming family story.... {!!??]

Posted by: thrh | November 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Re: Meta-comments
I believe it would be more appropriate for folks making comments to comment about the article and the subject/object of the article rather than arguing at those folks making comments. Yes, most of us DO focus on an article's content rather than spitting out sour grapes, but the other kind are just distractions by the frustrated.
Respectfully,

Posted by: janna2 | November 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the sickest things I've ever heard.

Posted by: wilder5121 | November 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

So is a miscarriage God's abortion?

Posted by: DJMonet | November 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Taking a fetus home with you in a jar is just plain sick to me. With a mother like his, no wonder he turned to the bottle. Bush's legacy is and will always be one of debt, death and detachment from the American people.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Taking a fetus home with you in a jar is just plain sick to me. With a mother like his, no wonder he has such a warped sense of life. This story does not make me feel sorry for him. Bush's legacy is and will always be one of debt, death and detachment from the American people.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I know Matt Lauer and NBC were hoping his 60 minutes of focusing on as much negative issues as possible would reverse the rise in Bush's popularity since the populace got a tast of Obama. But the interview only served to make me even more annoyed at the childish, inexperienced, small, petty individual currently occupying the Oval Office.

Lauer was even forced to credit Bush at the end for refusing to level a single criticism at Obama, even off the record, throughout their time together doing the multiple interviews.

I took my fair share of shots at Bush over the years, but it's clear he has far more class and country-first values than his successor. Obama would be wise to grow up and learn a few things from Bush...

Posted by: dbw1 | November 9, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think we can safely dispel the notion that 'hate' only exists on the right of the political spectrum. The posters on this board who are short on intellect and long on seething hatred clearly cement the fact that vitriol is alive and well on the left.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 9, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

lonquest:
"Bush's reaction to his mother's miscarriage was very immature, and the fact that it scarred him for life is a strong indication that he should have been given psychiatric counseling to get over the incident. As for the political position he made out of it, that's very immature, too."

What an idiot this poster must be. If you bothered to watch the interview, Bush said the incident shaped his views, not because it 'scarred him for life', but because it gave him a profound respect for the value of a life.

The only ones I see making 'political positions' out of tragic incidents are intelligence-deprived leftists like yourself.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Bush's reaction to his mother's miscarriage was very immature, and the fact that it scarred him for life is a strong indication that he should have been given psychiatric counseling to get over the incident.

As for the political position he made out of it, that's very immature, too. Mothers-to-be miscarry all the time, it's just a fact of life; it's not any such symbolic object lesson as he made out of it. The Blues Brothers got as much of a mission from God as Bush did.

I'm not going to make any of the other obvious comments about George W. Bush and miscarriages, except to say that his entire presidency was a miscarriage of justice.

Posted by: lonquest | November 9, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Even though it will make him money, people ought to buy the book and organize book burning parties everywhere in the country.

Let's have a giant one on the Mall in Washington.

At least he has one book for his library.

Posted by: wesatch | November 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so I've never been a big supporter of former President Bush, but I think some readers here are putting words into his mouth. He obviously said that he was driving his mother to the hospital with the jar -- not that they kept the fetus in the jar and brought it out for holidays for laughs. It seems to me that it would make sense to take the miscarried fetus to the hospital and a jar was probably better than holding it in her hands. He also never said that his mother "shoved" the jar in his face. It is little exaggerations like that that lead to ourtight lies.

While I remain deeply disappointed in many of Mr. Bush's policies while he was in office, seeing the rabid, and often delusional, comments some are now making about the current President makes me think that we should all calm down and remember that the President, whomever that may or what party they belong to, is a human being - ultimately flawed but almost always trying to do their best for their country.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | November 9, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This anecdote explains a great deal about G.W. Bush: A SELF-CENTERED mother who apparently does not think about how the son will deal with the trauma of being shown a fetus in a jar--from HER BODY--at his young age, for heaven's sake! Who knows how many other dreadful occurrences were thrown at him and are buried in his unconscious only to manifest themselves in evil, horrific ways.

Another anecdote: Her children have stated that Mrs. Bush never did cook meals for them. Everything came from the freezer.

And another anecdote: We have been told by his former childhood friends as his having tortured little frogs when he was growing up by pushing LIVE FIRECRACKERS into their mouths and throwing the helpless critters up in the air to be blown to bits. Such behavior is often described as a precursor of evil in the person's later years.

Are we surprised? I don't think so. The guy didn't have a chance with a mother like his. SHAME on her! SHAME on the dad! SHAME on G. W. Bush! It's sickening, to say the least. Actually, it makes me angry and ill.

Posted by: janna2 | November 9, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Barbara may have had a few problems with "boundaries" or was heavy into hormonal craziness.

Posted by: edismae | November 9, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice, analyst72. You and thebobbob probably think that there were 10,000 women dying in back allies per year from illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade too.

"Establishing exactly how many women died due to botched illegal abortions is obviously impossible, since many of these deaths likely weren't reported as such. However, even a generous reading of the statistics we do have indicates that Goodman is off by a factor of ten; a stickler might say she blew it by a ratio of 250 to 1. It's not like this is a news flash, either. A reasonable approximation of the annual total in the 60s has been public knowledge for 35 years.

To be fair, the number Goodman uses is consistent with estimates that were widely cited prior to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. But some say those numbers were knowingly inflated by proponents of abortion rights. The star witness for this claim is Bernard Nathanson, a former abortion clinic doctor who in 1969 cofounded the group now called NARAL Pro-Choice America (the letters originally stood for National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws). Since Roe, though, he's turned against his former comrades — he made the highly controversial 1984 antiabortion film "The Silent Scream" and has authored several books describing his conversion on this issue and critiquing the abortion-rights movement.

In "Aborting America" (1979) Nathanson writes: "In NARAL we generally emphasized the drama of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but when we spoke of the latter it was always '5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year.' I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the 'morality' of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?"

Better late than never. For 1972, the last full year before Roe, the federal Centers for Disease Control reported that 39 women died due to illegal abortion."

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2510/before-em-roe-em-v-em-wade-em-did-10-000-women-a-year-die-from-illegal-abortions

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Bush's Book Should Be Titled: DELUSION POINTS!

Have we become cynical to the point that we can give this man a pass for all the damage he has done to this country and the world for that matter. Let me list three cases in point:

IRAQ. The Iraq war was a screw-up of such colossal magnitude that it's easy to forget how many discrete screw-ups went into the making of it. There were the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and the nonexistent links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. There's the humiliating spectacle of Secretary of State Colin Powell presenting hours of bogus testimony to the U.N. Security Council. There was Paul Wolfowitz's bizarre claim that the war would pay for itself, when the real price tag is now in excess of $1 trillion. And let us not forget the 4,000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, more than 30,000 American soldiers wounded, and several million Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes. A strategy that was supposed to bring U.S.-friendly democracy to the Middle East instead produced an empowered Iran and a more fragile balance of power in the region. The only thing more astonishing than the scope of these blunders is the fact that the former president does not regret his decision, even now.

HURRICANE KATRINA. It takes a truly spectacular domestic-policy blunder to register as a foreign-policy screw-up, too. Yet Bush's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina was exactly that. Observers around the world saw this debacle as both a demonstration of waning U.S. competence and a revealing indicator of continued racial inequality, if not outright injustice. (You know you've screwed up when you get offers of relief aid from Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.) Because America's "soft power" depends on other states believing that we know what we are doing and that we stand for laudable ideals, the disaster in New Orleans was yet another self-inflicted blow to America's global image. If the United States cannot take good care of its own citizens, why should anyone think we can "nation-build" in some distant foreign land?

The CRASH Heard 'Round the World. By lowering taxes while waging costly wars, Bush produced near-record fiscal deficits and a mountain of foreign debt. At the same time, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's easy money policy encouraged a vast real estate bubble that eventually collapsed in 2008. Bush's economic team also paid little attention to regulating Wall Street, thereby facilitating the reckless behavior that produced a major financial collapse in 2008. The resulting meltdown cost Americans trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, and the aftermath will affect U.S. economic prospects for many years to come.

Although Bush does not deserve all the blame for causing the greatest Recession since the 1930s, he was in charge when it happened and his actions/policies contributed significantly to the debacle, of which we are still paying a heavy price.

Posted by: djoh1226 | November 9, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Bush's Book Should Be Titled: DELUSION POINTS!

Have we become cynical to the point that we can give this man a pass for all the damage he has done to this country and the world for that matter. Let me list three cases in point:

IRAQ. The Iraq war was a screw-up of such colossal magnitude that it's easy to forget how many discrete screw-ups went into the making of it. There were the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and the nonexistent links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. There's the humiliating spectacle of Secretary of State Colin Powell presenting hours of bogus testimony to the U.N. Security Council. There was Paul Wolfowitz's bizarre claim that the war would pay for itself, when the real price tag is now in excess of $1 trillion. And let us not forget the 4,000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, more than 30,000 American soldiers wounded, and several million Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes. A strategy that was supposed to bring U.S.-friendly democracy to the Middle East instead produced an empowered Iran and a more fragile balance of power in the region. The only thing more astonishing than the scope of these blunders is the fact that the former president does not regret his decision, even now.

HURRICANE KATRINA. It takes a truly spectacular domestic-policy blunder to register as a foreign-policy screw-up, too. Yet Bush's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina was exactly that. Observers around the world saw this debacle as both a demonstration of waning U.S. competence and a revealing indicator of continued racial inequality, if not outright injustice. (You know you've screwed up when you get offers of relief aid from Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.) Because America's "soft power" depends on other states believing that we know what we are doing and that we stand for laudable ideals, the disaster in New Orleans was yet another self-inflicted blow to America's global image. If the United States cannot take good care of its own citizens, why should anyone think we can "nation-build" in some distant foreign land?

The CRASH Heard 'Round the World. By lowering taxes while waging costly wars, Bush produced near-record fiscal deficits and a mountain of foreign debt. At the same time, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's easy money policy encouraged a vast real estate bubble that eventually collapsed in 2008. Bush's economic team also paid little attention to regulating Wall Street, thereby facilitating the reckless behavior that produced a major financial collapse in 2008. The resulting meltdown cost Americans trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, and the aftermath will affect U.S. economic prospects for many years to come.

Although Bush does not deserve all the blame for causing the greatest Recession since the 1930s, he was in charge when it happened and his actions/policies contributed significantly to the debacle, of which we are still paying a heavy price.

Posted by: djoh1226 | November 9, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I would have applauded the Old Bag if she had miscarried or aborted the faulty W fetus.
She would have saved the country!

Posted by: analyst72 | November 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bush's Book Should Be Titled: DELUSION POINTS!

Have we become cynical to the point that we can give this man a pass for all the damage he has done to this country and the world for that matter. Let me list three cases in point:

IRAQ. The Iraq war was a screw-up of such colossal magnitude that it's easy to forget how many discrete screw-ups went into the making of it. There were the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and the nonexistent links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. There's the humiliating spectacle of Secretary of State Colin Powell presenting hours of bogus testimony to the U.N. Security Council. There was Paul Wolfowitz's bizarre claim that the war would pay for itself, when the real price tag is now in excess of $1 trillion. And let us not forget the 4,000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, more than 30,000 American soldiers wounded, and several million Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes. A strategy that was supposed to bring U.S.-friendly democracy to the Middle East instead produced an empowered Iran and a more fragile balance of power in the region. The only thing more astonishing than the scope of these blunders is the fact that the former president does not regret his decision, even now.

HURRICANE KATRINA. It takes a truly spectacular domestic-policy blunder to register as a foreign-policy screw-up, too. Yet Bush's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina was exactly that. Observers around the world saw this debacle as both a demonstration of waning U.S. competence and a revealing indicator of continued racial inequality, if not outright injustice. (You know you've screwed up when you get offers of relief aid from Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.) Because America's "soft power" depends on other states believing that we know what we are doing and that we stand for laudable ideals, the disaster in New Orleans was yet another self-inflicted blow to America's global image. If the United States cannot take good care of its own citizens, why should anyone think we can "nation-build" in some distant foreign land?

The CRASH Heard 'Round the World. By lowering taxes while waging costly wars, Bush produced near-record fiscal deficits and a mountain of foreign debt. At the same time, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's easy money policy encouraged a vast real estate bubble that eventually collapsed in 2008. Bush's economic team also paid little attention to regulating Wall Street, thereby facilitating the reckless behavior that produced a major financial collapse in 2008. The resulting meltdown cost Americans trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, and the aftermath will affect U.S. economic prospects for many years to come.

Although Bush does not deserve all the blame for causing the greatest Recession since the 1930s, he was in charge when it happened and his actions/policies contributed significantly to the debacle, of which we are still paying a heavy price.

Posted by: djoh1226 | November 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

thebobbob:

It's too bad (for you, I guess) that there weren't "thousands of dead women who died from illegal, back-alley abortions after being denied access to birth control by [GWB] supporters." Nice try though.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 9, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad he didn't see the bodies of the thousands of dead women who died from illegal, back-alley abortions after being denied access to birth control by his conservative "Christian" supporters. He might have though differently. Of course he didn't because in those days, the wealthy debutantes that (he?) got pregnant went abroad or out of state for safe abortions. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth and blinders on his eyes.

Are you telling me that Barbara Bush kept the fetus of her still-born baby in a jar??? Creeeepy!

Posted by: thebobbob | November 9, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Creepy!!!

Posted by: rlj611 | November 9, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Agree with haveaheart and others, this family is missing the humanity gene except for some who marry into it. Laura Bush seems OK to me. I knew Barbara Bush (the matriarch) was mean but until now I didn't know she was crazy.

Posted by: pirate1 | November 9, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!

Sounds like George is having one big self-pitty party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!

Sounds like George is having one big pitty party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!

Sounds like George is having one big pitty party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!

Sounds like George is having one big pitty party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!

Sounds like George is having one big pitty party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

That's just too much (yuckie) information!

I find it disgusting how GWB is ALWAYS begging for sympathy, yet how much "sympathy" did he show the American People?

NONE!


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 9, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, did the same thing. She also talked to her miscarried fetuses. I know that, in some cases years ago, women were told to bring the remains of their miscarriages to the hospital so that the doctors could determine whether any part of the fetus was still in the uterus, which would eventually cause an infection.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

There is a rumor that George, when he was in school, paid for an abortion of a fetus he had fathered. This may be as apocryphal as Obama's being Muslim, a convenient partisan fiction. One way or another, the WP staff need to put a fork in this turkey.

Posted by: snowyphile | November 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Who wants to trade a dog-eared copy of SPalin's children's book for a hard back of Nights with Uncle Georgie?

I also have a selection of comic books "written" by Beck that I bought in the US that I'd be willing to trade for Asterix and Obelix. CB

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | November 9, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Wedgie takes direct aim at our wallets: drivel for dollars. Mission accomplished!

Posted by: snowyphile | November 9, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Did this incident also affect his decision to not support stem cell research? Another of his most short sighted, ignorant decisions that has negative consequences to millions of people. Thanks Dubya. You have yours so why worry about anyone or anything else.

Posted by: DrFish | November 9, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This anecdote says more about Bush's monster of a mother than it does about him.

Why would a woman 1) put a miscarried fetus in a jar and 2) shove it in her teenaged son's face?

Everyone in that family is missing the "humanity" gene. They're all nasty and nuts.

Posted by: haveaheart | November 9, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I am a black girl and I met a white guy on __...Black White Meet . com...___ recently. What's your idea about interracial marriage? Black White Meet . C om is a dating club for interracial singles to have fun together. Interracial is not a problem here, but a great merit to cherish! I like this club, please show me your idea here.

Posted by: abulaw | November 9, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This anecdote says more about Bush's monster of a mother than it does about him.

Why would a woman 1) put a miscarried fetus in a jar and 2) shove it in her teenaged son's face?

Everyone in that family is missing the "humanity" gene. They're all nasty and nuts.

Posted by: haveaheart | November 9, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Beep... beep... beep... with ALL the media book hype it appears that George Walker Bush is backing up the bus.

Posted by: whocares666 | November 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

How strange! Who cares what happened to a fetus 60 years ago? This is indicative of how far removed Bush was from reality during his presidency (debacle). He was responsible for thousands of deaths and maimings for an Iraqui war that was totally unjustified and brought about by lying to the American people and he dwells on a fetus from 60 years ago?

Posted by: pkbishop1 | November 9, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

How strange! Who cares what happened to a fetus 60 years ago? This is indicative of how far removed Bush was from reality during his presidency (debacle). He was responsible for thousands of deaths and maimings for an Iraqui war that was totally unjustified and brought about by lying to the American people and he dwells on a fetus from 60 years ago?

Posted by: pkbishop1 | November 9, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

How exactly is keeping a fetus in a jar respecting life? This is just bizarre.

Posted by: motogp46 | November 9, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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