Admittedly, it’s nice that Laura Bush is pro-choice and doesn’t hate gay people, but still, it doesn’t actually count for anything. Her “right thinking” doesn’t make-up for the fact that she has offered nothing but unlimited support to her husband, whose actions as president cost the United States thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. And that’s to say nothing of secret prisons, torture, and the tens of thousands of lost Afghan and Iraqi lives. Or the many lives adversely affected by her husband’s decision to cut off funding to international women’s clinics that provided abortion. Or the thousand-plus lives lost in Katrina.
Yes, I understand that as First Lady, her (extremely problematic) job is to offer unqualified support to the president. Still, the fact that Laura Bush is a nice person shouldn’t be a mitigating factor in our judgment of her role in the George W. Bush’s disastrous administration.