Hesitates in naming her candidate for 2008
With her wedding coming on May 10 and a new book, co-authored with her mom, on the bookshelves, first daughter, Jenna Bush appeared recently on The Larry King Show. When asked who she would support for president in 2008 she hesitated. Stunned, King ventured carefully, not sure what he was hearing, “Are you open to –“
“Yes, of course,” Jenna replied helpfully, “I mean, who isn’t open to learning about the candidates? But, I mean, and I’m sure everybody is like that. But I really, I mean, I honestly have been too busy with books to really pay that much attention.”
Ah yes, writing books can be an intellectual drain.
And what if Jenna Bush were to support Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? Don’t hold your breath. The First Lady probably explained the facts of life immediately after the interview, to which, Jenna surely responded in a pout, “Mom, I already know the facts of life, I’m getting married in two weeks. Duh.”
Actually, if Jenna Bush or twin sister, Barbara, were to support a Democrat it would not be earth shattering anyway. Presidential children do that sort of thing. FDR had a son who opposed his father for re-election and became a lifelong Republican. Ron Reagan, Jr. famously addressed the Democrat National Convention and tends to favor the more liberal candidate. It is called “separation” and it happens in all families but in presidential families it is not a phenomenon limited to adolescence. It is a process that is never resolved as in, this presidential son, now residing in the White House, who will not flip flop on taxes like his father, nor will he leave Saddam Hussein standing.
By the way, the First Lady – first daughter road show is not the first of its kind. Even the joint appearances on The Today Show, with Laura Bush interviewing her own daughter has a precedent. In the 1940’s, former First Lady-first daughter tandem, Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt co-hosted a national ABC radio show. It lasted a year. For the fascinating, tumultuous story of that relationship read