Barbara Bush must have great tasting feet because the former first lady and mother of the previous president may have put one of these appendages in her mouth again, this time on “Larry King Live.” While chatting with Larry on tonight’s episode of his eponymous chatfest, Barbara Bush said of Tea Party darling Sarah Palin, “I think she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.”
Who knows whether Bush was talking out of school or deliberately sending a message to mainstream Republicans (similar to that of Karl Rove) that the Bushes do not see Palin as presidential material? But given her colorful record for making cringe-worthy off-the-cuff statements, it is possible that Barbara Bush’s comment flew out of her mouth as unintentionally as a stray bit of food.
So, was Barbara Bush deliberately dissing Sarah Palin or was this just another one of Babs’ verbal blunders? Here are some other well-known Barbara Bushisms to help you decide:
Describing then vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Bush said, “I can’t say it, but it rhymes with rich.”
After Hurricaine Katrina, Bush shared this insight about the displaced residents of New Orleans, “What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (sound of Barbara chuckling)-this is working very well for them.”
About Bush-family nemesis Bill Clinton, the former first lady said, “Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.”
Given Barbara Bush’s proclivity for speaking frankly, it is likely she meant to send a strong message to Sarah Palin to stick to her new media career and stay the heck out of Washington.