Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A former governor of Texas

Rest in peace, Ann Richards.

In 1988, she famously said of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41, “Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” One of the improbable achievements of his son is that he makes the old man sound like a regular Demosthenes.

Was that her most memorable quote from that convention? Maybe, but she also offered a memorable salute to the achievements of women, reminding her worldwide audience, “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

She was governor for one term, losing her re-election bid to George W. Bush.

The same George W. Bush had his own memorable quote about the fair sex over at the Republican National Convention in 1988. A Hartford Courant reporter asked him about what he and his father talked about when they weren't talking about politics.

Pussy,” Dubya replied.

As Casey Stengel would say, you can look it up.

“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”


Anonymous said...

I believe if you check you'll find that she said: "silver FOOT in his mouth"...but I have to agree with you - she was one great lady.

BigMitch said...

(Originally, I misquoted Gov. Richards, as "he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth." Thanks, Bear.)