by Scoobie Davis
This is Funny
The Dolphin Queen on George W. Bush's roots:
Someone said to me: But how can you call him normal when he came from such privilege? Indeed he did. But there's nothing lemonade-on-the-porch-overlooking-the-links-at-the-country-club about Mr. Bush. He isn't smooth. He actually has some of the roughness and the resentments of the self-made man. I think the reason for this is Texas. He grew up in a white T-shirt and jeans playing ball in the street with the other kids in the subdivision. Barbara Bush wasn't exactly fancy. They lived like everyone else. She spoke to me once with great nostalgia of her early days in Texas, when she and her husband and young George slept in the same bed in an apartment in Midland. A prostitute lived in the complex. Barbara Bush just thought she was popular. Then they lived in a series of suburban houses.
George W. Bush didn't grow up at Greenwich Country Day with a car and a driver dropping him off, as his father had. Until he went off to boarding school, he thought he was like everyone else. That's a gift, to think you're just like everyone else in America. It can be the making of you.
UPDATE: In the response section for this article, a reader from Lexington, Kentucky makes the following observation:
George Bush just like everyone else? Unbelievable! Boarding school. Yale. Harvard. Political strings to get in the Guard with a test score in the 25th percentile! Special loans from daddy's friends to buy Ranger's stock. (Self-made indeed.) Alcohol abuse. Normal?
Oh how Ms. Noonan loves "normal." A person graduates from Harvard and uses words like "misunderestimate." That isn't normal. It is stupid.