Barbara Bush Threatens Democratic
you can criticize me, but don't criticize my children and don't
criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or
CNN LARRY KING LIVE
Interview With Barbara Bush
Aired October 22, 2003 - 21:00 ET
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CNN HOST: Tonight, Barbara Bush, the former first lady and current
president's mother, her first live TV interview for her new memoir,
"Reflections: Life After the White House." She's here
for the hour, in-depth and personal. The one and only Barbara Bush
is next on LARRY KING LIVE.
We're at the beautiful Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas, the home
for six months of the year for Barbara Bush and her husband, the
former President George Bush. She's the author of a terrific new
memoir, "Barbara Bush: Reflections: Life After the White house."
There you see its cover. Published by Scribner.
She is our
own living Abigail Adams, wife of a president, mother of a president.
Why did you
FMR. FIRST LADY: Well, I wrote it because I keep a diary. And I
wrote it because people ask us all the time, What happens to old
presidents and what do they do? Well, that's a good question. George
Bush does everything.
KING: I know.
I had lunch with him today in between traveling somewhere.
right. He makes my life sing. And a lot of funny things happen.
A lot of good things happen. And I keep a diary, so it's not too
you always been a diarykeeper?
much. Or write long letters and keep them, using that sort of as
KING: Do you
look back often at what you wrote 10 years...
No -- and I'm sort of surprised. I forget, needless to say.
But what it
really reminds me, Larry, is that I'm the world's luckiest woman.
I've had the most wonderful experiences, and I -- one day, I woke
up, and I looked at the television. I had met, in the two hours
of whatever morning show I was watching -- I'd met every single
person on that show except for Yasser Arafat, who I then later met.
I mean, George
Bush has brought me that kind of life. So it was sort of fun to
-- it has been said in the "Newsweek" article that they
had to take quite a few things out of the book.
BUSH: I read
that, and now -- that really wasn't quite true. They were protecting
me from being sued. But...
you pretty rough on some people?
I really wasn't. But they just wanted to be sure that -- today is
such a suing world. And having written a book 10 years ago, when
nobody hardly mentioned being sued, suddenly -- are you sure that's
true? And I said, no, I'm not sure it's true, but it's true according
to my diary. And we were very -- we checked our facts very carefully.
that was sort of a funny statement because, in truth, I don't really
think that was (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
you can also -- I mean, you're critical of some people. And you
can have opinions about them.
wouldn't be Barbara Bush without opinions, would you?
You wouldn't be Larry without opinions, would you, Larry?
have to have them. How else do we exist?
have to have opinions. But you don't slander anybody.
I don't think so.
comments on the Democratic presidential...
that funny? I knew that was going to come up.
I want to discuss a lot of things. You said so far, they're a pretty
you know, mothers are allowed to be proud of their sons. And it
gets a little old when 10 grown men run around the country not talking
about what they're going to do, but knocking my precious, courageous,
brilliant son. That's a mother speaking.
the biggest difference from being the husband -- being the wife
of a president and the mother of a president?
first of all, you have to watch the father of the president suffer.
And it hurts when your children are criticized. It hurts a lot.
KING: He takes
BUSH: He and
I both do. He -- he curses, and I grit my teeth.
But, no, he
really -- he knows that's the name of the game. But it gets pretty
was it harder for you...
he -- when the current president is criticized than when the husband
do you explain it -- motherly?
And fatherly. I mean, that's just a normal reaction.
But the same would
be true if something happened that was difficult for Jeb or for
Doro or Neil or Marvin. And you can criticize me, but don't criticize
my children and don't criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize
my husband, or you're dead.