(Wait, and what’s wrong with gardening? Are brilliant attorneys not allowed to like gardening?)
To be completely honest, when I think of Laura Bush I think of libraries, wife to a man who though an avid reader often spoke as though somewhat illiterate. So I did some research on what Laura Bush did as First Lady for 8 years:
- Launched a breast cancer research and treatment initiative in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, where affected women were often abandoned by their husbands.
- Championed the plight of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, at a time when the Burmese government atrocities remained under the media radar
- Was instrumental in helping women advance in Afghanistan through education and professional training programs she shepherded through the Bush Institute
- No Child Left Behind Act – and a staunch supporter of NCLB’s Reading First program, which is the largest early reading initiative in American history
- Made five trips to Africa alone in support of life-saving global health initiatives, including the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
- Was wife to Dubwya
Holy Mother of Cow. I find it almost more impressive that Mrs. Bush was “only” a librarian, because it goes to show that you don’t have to be a steel toed Hilary Clinton to get things done in the world.
So why the resistance against Laura Bush? Do liberals think that conservative, rich, white Republican ladies don’t deserve honor? Are we looking at her political affiliation rather than at the deeds she did that merited the award? Worse maybe– are we judging her because of her husband?
Talk about war on women.
This isn’t about who you voted for in the past presidential election. This is about honoring women who honor women, and any woman who has championed for literacy and spread health awareness merits an award.