I was all set to defend President Bush as a guy who really doesn’t want poor black people in Louisiana and Mississippi to die of starvation and disease, no matter what the Democrats say.
But then Barbara Bush, the president’s mom, went and dusted off the Bush family silver foot Monday. And she used it.
While touring the Houston Astrodome, where thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees have been huddling, Barbara Bush said they didn’t have it so bad because, heck, they were poor to begin with.
“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas,” she was quoted as saying in an interview on National Public Radio.
Thousands of hurricane refugees were sitting on or near their green army cots, perhaps thinking of lunch, presumably waiting to be fed something hearty.
Anything but cake.
“Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality,” Barbara Bush said. And here comes the fastball over the middle of the Democratic plate:
“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”
At least she didn’t ask them to sing and dance. But I’m sure it’s working out very well for them. How often does something nice like a hurricane come by and change your life so you can hang out with thousands of others in the Astrodome and have Barbara Bush say it wasn’t so bad, because you were poor anyway?