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A millennial Bush named Barbara

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Barbara Bush with her father, President George W. Bush

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura’s daughters are now 33 years old. Many know Jenna who is a correspondent on NBC’s “Today” show and married to Virginia’s former Lieutenant Governor John Hager’s son Henry, but most don’t know as much about Barbara, the dark-haired twin who keeps a lower profile.

New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof takes a look at Barbara, named after her grandmother and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the humanitarian work she has undertaken, following in the path of her parents who have worked extensively in Africa (see A Millennial Named Bush):

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Fox: ‘At least 8 Ebola aid workers reportedly killed “in cold blood” by villagers in Guinea’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Good Samaritans of the world hoping to help stop the spread of the dangerous Ebola virus have been attacked by villagers in Africa and now eight have been killed by stoning.

According to Fox News (see At least 8 Ebola aid workers reportedly killed ‘in cold blood’ by villagers in Guinea), those killed included journalists:

At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered and dumped in a latrine in a remote village in Guinea in a frightening example of the growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis.

But this violence toward health workers hoping to help is not new:

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Jennifer Rubin: ‘Obama is no George W. Bush’

George W. Bush 33 AfricaBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I so enjoy Jennifer Rubin’s column in the Washington Post and her insightful, pragmatic observations in political matters that find me often on the same page politically with her.

Sunday in her “Distinguished pol of the week” column (see Distinguished pol of the week), she chose George W. Bush for his work in Africa, his genuine sincerity about the people of those countries and what the diseases they face, his humor, and his willingness to make himself the butt of a joke.

Classic George W. Bush.

Typically observant Jennifer Rubin.

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2012: ‘George W. Bush not endorsing in presidential primary is no mystery’

George W. Bush 11By Lynn R. Mitchell
[A look back at the 2012 presidential election. Originally published April 13, 2012, at Bearing Drift.]

The media are beside themselves trying to figure out why former President George W. Bush has not endorsed in the current Republican presidential contest. Everywhere you look, there’s some variation of the question wondering why he isn’t front and center. One example of the ink spent on the story is this one from Politico that asks, “Where is George W. Bush?” and accuses him of being on a “self-imposed exile” from the current political season.

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George W. Bush carries on humanitarian work in Africa

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Originally published July 2, 2013

After a week of renovating, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush opened the Mosi-Oa-Tunya clinic, a cervical cancer facility in Livingstone, Zambia. The trip demonstrates their continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the global health initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. June 30-July 1, 2013.

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