Laura Bush’s Memoir: Poisoning, Swipes at Reid, Pelosi and Deadly Car Crash
April 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Former First lady Laura Bush’s memoir is out today. And the 456-page tome, entitled “Spoken from the Heart,” is notable for her frank discussion of a teen car crash that resulted in the death of a popular High School athlete, while she was at the wheel and ran a stop sign. She also expresses animosity towards Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and suggests she, along with then-President George Bush and the entire presidential contingent, may have been poisoned in Germany. And it turns out that Prince Charles and Camilla like a little straight Vodka while conducting their meet and greets.
Passages obtained by Politico, tell the strange tale of a possible poisoning, while the President and the First Lady attended the G-8 summit in Germany:
“I arrived and began my events, but by the afternoon of [June] seventh, I could barely stand up. … Over the next day nearly a dozen members of our delegation were stricken, even George, who started to feel sick during an early morning staff briefing. … [O]ne of our military aides had difficulty walking and a White House staffer lost all hearing in one ear. Exceedingly alarmed, the Secret Service went on full alert, combing the resort for potential poisons. In the past year, there had been several high-profile poisonings, including one with suspected nuclear material, in and around Europe. The overriding fear was that terrorists had gotten control of a dangerous substance and planted it at the resort. … [O]ur military aide’s gait has never returned to normal, no has our senior staffer regained full hearing in that ear. The most concrete conclusion any doctors could reach was that we contracted a virus that attacks a nerve near the inner ear and is prevalent in Heiligendamm.” (pp. 390-1)
Laura Bush also takes personal swipes towards Pelosi and Reid for what she termed “uncalled for and graceless,” attacks on her husband.
Regarding the car crash, Bush wrote that the accident changed her life forever and she was racked with guilt for most of her adult life. When she was 17, she and a girlfriend were hurrying to make a movie, when she ran a stop sign, hitting another car, causing the young driver to lose his life:
“In those awful seconds, the car door must have been flung open by the impact and my body rose in the air until gravity took over and I was pulled, hard and fast, back to earth,” she says. “The whole time,” she adds later, “I was praying that the person in the other car was alive. In my mind, I was calling ‘Please, God. Please, God. Please, God,’ over and over and over again.”
She also wrote that she regrets not attending the boy’s funeral and she lost her faith on that day for many years.
Laura Bush also reveals that she advised her husband not to make opposition to gay marriage a dominant issue in his campaign, because they have gay friends.
And regarding the vodka swilling Prince:
“The royal family is not without its quirks. When Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, came to visit us, they requested glasses of ice before we began a long receiving line. The staff dutifully produced them, and the prince removed a flask from his pocket and added to each a small splash of what I presume was straight gin, so that they might be fortified before the hour of shaking hands.” (p. 296)
Interestingly, in light of the toxic political climate and unprecedented right-wing hate towards our first black President, Barack Obama, Laura Bush opines on the politics of destruction, she claims began during the 2004 presidential campaign. Since 2004, “it has become acceptable to mock candidates and their families, and other elected officeholders, in highly personal ways,” wrote Bush.