Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said: How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said: How the World Sees Us

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From the 2004 Presidential Campaign Trail

"I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job." First Lady wannabe TERESA HEINZ KERRY in USA Today, October 19--a comment for which she later apologized, saying she had for gotten about Bush's 10-year stint as a librarian and teacher.

"Laura Bush will always be, in the public imagination, The Librarian. Even for Democrats, who like to fantasize that behind her smile lurks a curious, even progressive ally, their spy in the White House, reading with her Itty Bitty book light in bed late into the night." Staff writer HANNA ROSIN in "A 'Real Job'? It Works for Laura Bush," Washington Post, October 21.

'If you're a librarian and you're married to George W. Bush, there is no harder job on earth." Comedian JAY LENO reacting to Teresa Heinz Kerry's October 19 USA Today comments about Laura Bush never having worked, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, October 21.

"As the Bush administration has learned--or at least as it should have learned--from its experience with the USA Patriot Act, it's never a good idea to tangle with librarians." Associate Editor DAVID SARASOHN commenting on allegations that Democratic election registrations in Oregon were sometimes trashed and on librarian Megan O'Flaherty's exposure of the conservative America Votes organization as partisan, Portland Oregonian, October 17. …

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