"Sarah Palin took aim nationwide over the airwaves Wednesday at former first lady Barbara Bush`s comments from an interview that aired this week with CNN`s Larry King.
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were asked what they thought of the former Alaska governor, who has suggested she may run for president in 2012. The former president said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is his favorite potential Republican presidential contender.
The former first lady went further. `I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful. And I think she`s very happy in Alaska. And I hope she`ll stay there,` she said.
On Wednesday, Palin responded on the Laura Ingraham radio show: "I don`t think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue bloods - and I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes - but the blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners."
Barbara Bush missed her calling, she has the comedic timing and the deadpan face of a professional comic. The former First Lady expertly set up her zinger: I hope she`ll stay there. There are millions of us who agree with Barbara`s sentiments, but Hollywood has a stronger pull on Palin than Wasilla.
The former First Lady didn`t say: I sat next to her once and I was impressed with her intelligence and grasp of the issues. A politician who can see Russia from her porch and is a steadfast supporter of our North Korean ally, isn`t going to dazzle anyone with her mental acumen.
Mrs. Bush was struck by Palin`s beauty, it`s unfortunate that the former governor of Alaska doesn`t realize that her looks are her greatest asset. Sarah Palin would save herself a lot of embarrassment if she immersed herself in celebrityhood and stopped making political observations.
Barbara Bush`s remarks about Sarah Palin were pithy and clever, Palin`s rejoinder was mean-spirited and venial.
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