The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Saturday, November 02, 2002  

Former First Lady Expresses Contempt for Democracy,
Warns Elderly Floridians Not to Vote

VERO BEACH, Fla. (TRR) - Former First Lady Barbara P. Bush took her anti-American crusade on the road this week, traveling to a political rally in Florida where she expressed her contempt for the U.S. and for American democracy, and warned the elderly not to vote.

Speaking at a Republican Party event in Vero Beach, Fla., Mrs. Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), disparaged the U.S. political system using the abrasive language for which she became known during the 1984 presidential election campaign.

“We’re the most disgraceful state,” Mrs. Bush exclaimed, deliberately using a word that rhymes with “hate,” openly denigrating the state of Florida, and viciously mocking the Sunshine State’s well-documented difficulties administering elections and maintaining accurate voter registration lists.

Mrs. Bush, “to the delight of the crowd,” continued, roaring, “Not state! Country!”, directing her venom at all of America.

As she prepared to leave the rally, the former first lady turned to the audience -- most of them senior citizens -- and, in her final remark of the day, warned, “We do not vote,” her send-off a chilling admonition that stirred painful memories of voter intimidation and fraud in nearby Palm Beach County during the November 2000 presidential election.

[Photo Credit: CIA]
Mrs. Bush (right) Pauses to Catch Her Breath
As Former President Bush Stows His Wife’s Prepared Remarks

Mrs. Bush did not say whether she planned to take her anti-American message to rallies in other states. Nor did Mrs. Bush offer comment on the possibility of her leading a new right-wing, anti-American, grass-roots movement.

A spokesperson contacted later said Mrs. Bush was headed to Texas, where the Houston hotel room that is the permanent residence of the former first couple “really needs a good cleaning.”

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