Wednesday, May 7, 2008

George H. W. Bush

PBS aired a biography of George H. W. Bush. At the end of the show, Barbara Bush talked about what it felt like to lose the 1992 election. She called the loss disappointing. But surprisingly, she implied that there was a silver lining.

“I now think that we were saved the four most miserable years of our life,” said Mrs. Bush. “I think the press would have been all over him, worse than ever. And I think the Congress -- he never had a Congress, Senate or House. They would have just clobbered him. Maybe Newt saved us. Maybe. Miserable four years.”

This quote is important because it proves that the scandals that plagued the Clinton administration were nothing more than political theater. In this quote, Mrs. Bush is basically saying that her husband would have gone through the same thing had he won the election. It proves that the scandals of the Clinton administration had little to do with Bill Clinton but had a lot to do with the strategy our government wanted to employ over that eight year time span.