Barbara Bush says Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska

November 22, 2010

barbaraFormer President George W. Bush has carefully steered around the subject of Sarah Palin during interviews about his memoir. But his mother, Barbara Bush, aka the “Silver Fox,” is showing no restraint.

“I sat next to her once,” Mrs. Bush told CNN’s “Larry King Live” in an interview that also included her husband, former President George H.W. Bush. “Thought she was beautiful. And I think she’s very happy in Alaska — and I hope she’ll stay there.”

Palin is weighing a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination,telling ABC’s Barbara Walters last week that she thinks she could defeat President Barack Obama. She has a book, “America by Heart,” coming out Tuesday and is starring in a reality TV show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday showed a close contest between potential Republican candidates for 2012, with Palin gaining 19 percent to 18 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and 17 percent for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Barbara Bush with son George at n the deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia)

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Thank you Mrs. Bush for saying what needed to be said.

Posted by ceeeeecee | Report as abusive

I have always felt much respect for Barbara Bush, her remark was petty and undeserved

Posted by tiggger | Report as abusive

Always thought Barbara Bush was a classy lady. Now I know she is that and more.

Unfortunately Sarah will keep inflicting herself on the rest of us until even those Palin Worshipers finally get sick of her.

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive

Barbara shows her lack of class. It is one thing to say, “I don’t agree with…” but a snide remark like that is childish. Barbara, I lost respect for you with that remark

Posted by Navyenduring | Report as abusive

Mrs. Bush is saying, you’re looking good, but just butt out of politics and keep fishing on TLC. Remember her insensitive comments about Hurricane Katrina victims? That should remind you of what Conservatives think about those they see as lesser people.

“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality,” she said at the time. “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

This comment was back in 2005 and in all seriousness she didn’t have a clue why it was offensive. Sarah Palin is equally offensive, but Mrs. Bush reminds us why lots of people root for her. Classy, yeah, right.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

[...] Barbara Bush, and now [...]

Barbara Bush said the right words about Sarah Pelin! She is a wise mother and has her own experience with George W. She allowed him to go out of Texas, and look what the guy made out of the USA and its influence in the world. Another one of those and the usa would come under UNO sanctions.She is now making sure that George is not on his own for shopping or even a harmless stroll. Good advice from the former first lady!

Rex Minor

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