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October 20, 2004
Billionaire Widow Sniffs: "Laura Bush Never Had A Real Job"

With less than two weeks to go before the election, one would presume that the Democrats would like to keep their candidates and their spouses on message as much as possible. After seeing what happened with the Mary Cheney debacle, one would also expect that the professionals would be coaching the Kerrys and Edwardses to talk about themselves rather than their opponents' families. Apparently, Teresa Heinz Kerry didn't get the memo, and the results are sadly predictable [emphasis mine]:

Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.

Fans of irony will love the notion of this woman, whose estimated billion-dollar fortune came from an inheritance after her wealthy husband died, sniffing at her perception that Laura Bush never had a "real job" -- or at least, not a grown-up one. Here's Mrs. Bush's resum:

Laura Bush was born on November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas, to Harold and Jenna Welch. Inspired by her second grade teacher, she earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Southern Methodist University in 1968. She then taught in public schools in Dallas and Houston. In 1973 she earned a master of library science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a public school librarian in Austin. In 1977 she met and married George Walker Bush. They are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, who are named for their grandmothers.

It sure looks to me like Laura Bush had a couple of grown-up jobs, unless Teresa means to define teaching as a juvenile task. But what of Teresa's worldliness in the business world? What adult career has she had?

After studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and the University of Geneva, she moved to the United States and got a job working for the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations. In 1966, she married Senator John Heinz whom she met when they were graduate students and with whom she had three sons. Shortly after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 1991, she lost her husband in a plane crash.

Let's recap -- after some postgraduate work, she got a job -- in the UN bureaucracy! And after that? She married into money! That's hardly her fault, but she should be the last one making snobbish remarks about anyone's lack of personal accomplishments, especially when she's dead wrong on the facts.

The Democrats must be tearing their hair out every time she comes into close proximity to a microphone. She continues to demonstrate her lack of class and tact, and while she's not running for the Presidency, it can't help John Kerry to remind people that electing him means we have to endure four years of her tackiness. (hat tip: The First Mate and Andrew)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 20, 2004 12:16 PM

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