This Just In: Laura Bush Just As Tone-Deaf And Dishonest As Dubya

2 comments May 6th, 2008at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Oh yeah, this is a great response to a massive tragedy:

When a country run by a despotic and isolationist regime is laid low by a massive natural disaster, the diplomatic thing to do is to respond with a show of compassion. Not kick ’em when they’re down.

More than 22,000 people have died in the staggering devastation caused by this weekend’s cyclone in Burma. But when First Lady Laura Bush made her first-ever visit to the White House briefing room yesterday, to talk about what’s going on in that country, it was not to deliver a message of goodwill.

Rather than announce the launch of a massive relief effort that could take advantage of a rare diplomatic opening, the first lady instead tossed insults at Burma’s leaders, blamed them for the high death toll, and lashed out at their decision to move forward with a constitutional referendum scheduled for this Saturday.


Dan Eggen writes in The Washington Post: “Laura Bush condemned the military government in Burma yesterday for its ‘inept’ response to a deadly weekend cyclone, marking an unusual foray by the president’s spouse into a high-profile foreign policy crisis.

“Appearing at a White House news conference, the first lady said the military junta in Burma is preventing the United States and other nations from providing help in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Nargis, and she alleged that the country’s rulers purposely declined to warn people of the impending danger. . . .

“Bush . . . called the Burmese regime ‘very inept’ and urged it to cancel plans for a referendum later this week, which she said would ‘give false legitimacy to their continued rule.’

“…The news conference marked the first time that she presided at the White House briefing room, which is generally used for official pronouncements by President Bush or his senior aides.”

But other countries aren’t holding back — and Burma is apparently begging for help.

Amy Kazmin writes in The Washington Post: “Burma’s government, which is traditionally wary of international aid workers, issued a rare appeal for outside help. The United Nations, the United States, Britain and the European Union all expressed willingness to assist, while India said Monday that it was already dispatching two naval ships with relief supplies.”

In fact, despite the first lady’s claim that Burma was blocking delivery of international aid, “Richard Horsey, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said that the Burmese authorities ‘are receptive to international assistance’ and that ‘discussions are taking place in New York and on the ground about what is needed, what the U.N. can provide and how to get it to the people.'”


Richard Walden blogs on “…Laura Bush read the administration’s long-standing talking points on Myanmar while simultaneously demanding that its government accept a team of US disaster officials to make an independent assessment of its needs. That the International Red Cross, the United Nations, the European Union and a number of highly competent relief agencies were already on the ground doing exactly that did not seem to matter. Giving Laura a mike and a little halo seemingly was the intent, especially with George W. Bush’s popularity hovering at 27% in the polls.”

The first lady tried to make a big deal of the aid the government had already provided: “Americans are a compassionate people and we’re already acting to provide help. The U.S. has offered financial assistance through our embassy.” But that financial assistance has thus far amounted to a total of $250,000 — a mere trifle considering the scope of the disaster.

Ah, but the awesomeness has only just begun…

And then she started talking about Jenna’s wedding.

As reports: “A White House press conference given by First Lady Laura Bush took a bizarre and insensitive twist when the focus of the conference, the devastation wrought by a powerful cyclone in Myanmar, switched to Jenna Bush’s upcoming wedding.”

Andrew Malcolm blogs for the Los Angeles Times that “alas, MSNBC’s directors in New York, who were carrying the Q and A part of her appearance live, left up the caption from the earlier part — ‘Breaking News First Lady talks about deadly cyclone in Myanmar’ — and continued showing looped news footage of the devastation while the bride’s mom obligingly answered wedding queries about their idyllic country getaway, their daughter’s happy day and getting their first son in the family.”

Here’s how the first lady’s briefing on Burma concluded:

Q. “Is it true there is an altar of limestone –“

Mrs. Bush: “That’s right, the President told that this morning on ‘ Good Morning America.’ This was his idea, to build this beautiful limestone altar, and it’s the Texas limestone — the same that our house is made out of — from a local quarry, and they’re the ones that made it — “


Q: “When some grandchildren come will they be named George — “

Mrs. Bush: “George or Georgia — Georgina. Georgette. (Laughter.)”

It’s so inspirational and uplifting how the Bushes are always able to find hilarity in the face of tragedy, isn’t it?

Also, Laura has a lot of chutzpah criticizing anyone else’s government for piss-poor response to a natural disaster.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Wankers


  • 1. Glenn  |  May 6th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hmm, sounds like classic psychological projection, doesn’t it? It seems everything she says about the Burmese government could be said about her husband’s administration.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 6th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Yes; ironic, that.

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