Laura Bush and First Ladies

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Laura Bush and First Ladies
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 10:41am
How do you define a First Lady's role? Which First Lady do you most admire? Least admire?

For me, a First Lady is a very much respected side line for the President. She isn't showy but still confident and compassionate about issues. I don't think I ever have warmed up to Laura Bush. It's not that I *don't* like her but rather that I don't see a side outside of her other than a stiff, less than gentle, rather pouty looking lady....It's rather interesting too, because a friend and I got into this very discussion and she is rather confused why I don't like her because she tells me *I* am a lot like her in the sense that we both are stay at home moms, supportive of our children et. al. And I told her that maybe that is just it, she is too much like me. I want to admire/look up to someone to aspire too not someone just like me?!

BTW, the First Lady I most admired was Barbara Bush. The mom of all moms look, always confident, a story teller and joviel, fun side to her too.



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 10:52am
Yep. Barbara Bush is a great lady.
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Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:09am

I agree about Barbara Bush. I think Laura Bush is a close second!

I know that we shouldn't base a vote for president on the first lady, but I really cannot see THK as first lady material-I just CAN'T. I see a first lady as someone with class, tact (something I don't feel THK has), supportive of her husband, willing to be in the "shadows" at times, and a giving person.

I think a first lady, like a president, is representative of the american people, and something about THK just rubs me the wrong way.

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:17am
Wow, this really threw me for a loop! I see Laura Bush as all those things you described wanting to see in a first lady. Did you see her interview with Bill O'Rielly? I am in awe of her ability to not be baited into saying anything negative about anybody no matter how badly they deserve it. Specifically she was asked if THK's comments about voting for GWB would be voting for four more years of hell. I couldn't believe Laura's answer. She said that it was hard to be part of a campaign and that there is a lot of stress involved. I'm paraphrasing obviously but she didn't miss a beat and answered the question with grace. And then THK makes a belittling comment to the press that LB never had
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Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:36am
For me the least is very easy Nancy Regan

favorite would have to be Jackie Kennedy

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:42am
How do you define a First Lady's role? Which First Lady do you most admire? Least admire?

The role of First Lady is one of master domestic organizer and companion to the President. A President doesn't have to have one, but if he does, the First Lady needs to be very aware that the peripheral public spot light is on her too.

The First Lady I admire most? Lady Bird Johnson. Least? Another Democrat.. Hillary Clinton.

Hello; I found it interesting about the idea of looking up to another woman as a form of admiration. I respect Laura Bush for the same reasons you find it difficult to warm up to her. Her common Mom at Home career choice.

I respect that she is educated and a stay at home Mom. I suspect she does a lot more than that simplistic label gives her credit for. She has not been one to bring home the bacon, but she has been very supportive of her husband, and together, as a union.. they have prospered. I respect that.

She is not a modern woman in regards to exposing herself easily. She is more reserved than most public women. Most public women are way too exposed, as if exposure in itself were a virtue.

She is the lady with the appointment book, the central knowledge of who is where and doing what. She is the focal point and the guiding light in the Bush household, and that requires a lot of energy and vision. And, she is Barbara's daughter in-law, that has to take strength too. Barbara is a very strong woman, she would intimidate me.

Her daughters are twins and that is a challenging career option she has fulfilled well. A person may have the wealth to hire sitters or nannies, but maternal care is supreme. Kind of like lactation over bottle. Both will get the job done, one better than the other.

I respect that she has never been one to put on airs... She was married in a very subdued ceremony with a off the rack dress and the same hair doo she would have worn on any other day... no pretenses... And to think, a man with the experiences an family connections of GW and the access to the variety of women he had, chose her and her style to be the lady of his house. No pretenses...

Senator Kerry's wife concerns me. Her retaining her dead husband's name into this marriage would be a problem for my DH. I think there is a messed up psychie there. Definetely a broken heart. I wonder if that would be a distraction for her family.

She seems very comfortable with doing what she wants and saying what she wants, without a long enough mental pause to see if her "wants" are appropriate to the situation at hand..

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Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:43am
I think LB is a little bit like a stepford wife, but I'll admit, I'm not crazy about Kerry's wife. She really isn't "first lady material", but that will not stop me from voting for him.
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Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:44am
I admire Laura Bush very much. She has a lot of class and she seems very warm and genuine in her interviews. I also admired Hillary Clinton - for different reasons.

I didn't think Barbara Bush was active enough or involved enough in her role as First Lady.

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:48am
Laura did more than raise two beautiful girls. She picked up where the celebrated Barbara left off, she finished the work of grooming GW into our President. She gives him a sense of balance. She truly is his "other" half... and the two shall become one. Amen.

I agree with your summation of Theresa. She is easily baited and engages her vocal chords over a better organ of choice.

Mrs. Bush is well prepared for four more years...

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 11:59am
Good question!

I very much admire Laura Bush for most of the reasons you all have posted. But my only concern with her is that she's sooooo subdued. I think THK is being harshly judged. I think she could perhaps have held her tounge on a few comments but she's got fire and passion. I like a woman who's not afraid to say what she "REALLY" feels even at the stack of the political ramifications to her husband. It's honesty! I hate how calulated everything has to be less it offend or be used negatively against you....

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 11-01-2004 - 12:12pm

Favorites in my time would be - Both Bush wives

Least would be - Hilary Clinton