Oh Laura Bush. Just when you started earning some cool points with The Gays you go and throw it all away by saying you had zero responsibility in trying to convince your husband that we are equal people.
Now that you’re no longer a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you came out — on your vain book tour, of course — in support of same-sex marriage (as well as a woman’s right to choose), with the caveat that you understood why your husband did not.
What was it you wrote in your book? Oh, right: “In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”
Except now, in an interview with the Texas Tribune, you claim that conversation was really just an aside, because it didn’t fall on you to talk to George about doing the right thing: “I’m not elected. I was not elected. George is. He’s the one who’s elected. I was not the elected official. It was not my responsibility, I didn’t think, to speak out in ways to get in some sort of debate with him. I just didn’t see that as part of my role.”
You didn’t see it as part of your role, but it is. Because it is a human being’s responsibility, when she has the ear of the most powerful man in the world, to say, “Hey, you know those homosexual Americans? Yeah, let’s not be assholes to them.”
Except in promoting your book, you claim you did say that. And now you say it wasn’t your job to do it?
Isn’t one major tenant of the Republican party say something about “personal responsibility”?