Skeletons in the Bush Family Closet: What We Learned From "The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty"
USA – April 4, 2019
The 432-page The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page is now a number one bestseller in Politics & Social Sciences, thus, it’s certainly worth reading, at least to find out what the world is discussing these days.
The book tells the riveting story of a woman who pretty much defined two American presidencies. Barbara Bush influenced the whole political era of the Bush family as well. The author, Susan Page, a journalist and the chief of USA Today’s Bureau in Washington, did extensive research for the book.
The biography is based on more than a hundred interviews from Bush friends and family members throughout the decades, as well as hours of talks with Barbara herself, and especially in the final six months of her life, when she was completely frank. Page was also given access to her diaries, thus the book reflects a variety of aspects of her interesting and action-packed life.
It’s emphasized, in particular, that as a girl in Rye, New York, Barbara Bush faced criticism for her weight from her mother, which eventually led to psychological trauma, leaving lifelong scars on her psyche. She had a difficult life, and as the young wife of the future 41st President George H. W. Bush, she had to cope with the death of her daughter from leukemia (who was there at the time). This loss changed Barbara forever.
The most interesting part of the story was that Barbara Bush almost committed suicide in the mid-1970’s. Here we must recall yesterday’s article devoted to the political history of cheating and the betrayal of traditional values, which was exactly what happened with the “highly-conservative” (at first glance) Bush family.
Everything started in 1973, when George held the position of Republican National Committee chairman. During his service, he met a young girl named Jennifer Fitzgerald (she is described as a true man’s dream: small and blonde, and she was seven years younger than the former First Lady).
It was a personal tragedy for Barbara when George met Fitzgerald and cheated on his beloved wife (by that time the pair already had six children), and, as she confessed in one of the book’s interviews, she also committed suicide at the time: "Barbara Bush found herself falling into the worst personal crisis she had faced since daughter Robin had died more than two decades earlier. Overwhelmed by pain and loneliness, she contemplated suicide.”
What does this tell us about the moral values of “highly-conservative” American politicians, about those who are ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of “strong family values” and other related things? It tells us this is nothing more than hypocrisy, nothing more than a lie, and, unfortunately, these people often have affairs that touch not only their personal lives (this, in fact, could be acceptable), but the lives of millions of Americans and people all over the world.
Moral values mean nothing for the American establishment, and this is pretty much the point of the story we learned from the book .
Key figures of the article:
Barbara Bush (née Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States, and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She previously was Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.
George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. A member of the Republican Party, he held posts that included those of congressman, ambassador, and CIA director. Until his son George W. Bush became the 43rd president in 2001, he was usually known simply as George Bush.