Barbara Bush has been loved by America since she came on the political years ago as wife of the vice president and then First Lady to President George H.W. Bush, then mother of President George W. Bush, and now mother of former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Her down-to-earth honesty and bluntness is refreshing in a world that often keeps personal opinions under wraps.
Appearing this week in New Hampshire with son Jeb and then joining him on morning news shows, the Barbara brand of honesty shone through once again on a number of subjects. The Hill noted Mrs. Bush’s comments.
On Donald Trump’s misogynous comments about Megyn Kelly:
Former first lady Barbara Bush says she doesn’t understand how women can support Donald Trump in the presidential race over her son Jeb Bush.
“I mean [it is] unbelievable,” she on CBS’s “This Morning.” “I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about [Fox News anchor] Megyn Kelly.”
“It’s terrible. And we knew what he meant too,” she said, apparently referring to Trump’s line about Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever” after the first GOP debate.
On Russian President Putin endorsing Donald Trump:
“Putin has endorsed him, for heaven’s sakes,” Barbara Bush said. “Putin the killer, Putin the worst. That’s an endorsement you don’t want.”
On her son Jeb:
“I love my son and I know that America needs him,” she said in the CBS interview. “He’s honest, dependable, loyal [and] relatively funny.”
Still, Barabara Bush said she wishes her son would stop minding his manners so much.
“He’s almost too polite,” she said.
“I don’t advise him but if I gave him advice I would say, ‘Why don’t you interrupt like the other people do?’”
“He’s so polite. We brought him up that way. He’s got the same values that America seems to have lost. And he does not brag like someone else we know.”
Who wouldn’t love Barbara Bush? Well … maybe The Donald. Perhaps if he had had her wisdom and direction while growing up….