Although memories of the title of the Russell Crowe film that took Best Picture honors in the 2002 Academy Awards led some to question the veracity of a purported Barbara Bush quote, the utterance was indeed the real thing. The former first lady made the following remark on national television shortly before the commencement of the invasion of Iraq:
‘Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?’
The comment came about during a Good Morning America interview with the couple who were formerly President and First Lady,
The remark in question occurred early in the three-way conversation, following a line of query directed at
I watch none. He [former President Bush] sits and listens and I read books, because I know perfectly well that, don’t take offense, that
90 percentof what I hear on television is supposition, when we’re talking about the news. And he’s not, not as understanding of my pettiness about that. But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it’s, it’s not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that? And watch him suffer.
Read within the context of the full interview, it was a tiny bit more clear that
Prior to the commencement of hostilities, such matters were the subject of endless supposition by various news pundits. While maybe not
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