Barbara Bush: Presidential Matriarch

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Overview

Wife of one president and mother of another, Barbara Bush was an outspoken first lady who looked more like her constituents than did her predecessors. A White House resident for only four years, she nevertheless became and remains one of the most admired women in the world.

This new look at Barbara Bush draws on recently opened records at the Bush library, the first lady's many speeches, interviews with the first lady's staff, and an exclusive interview with Mrs. Bush to impart a new appreciation for this beloved former first lady. And while other biographies—and her own memoir—have hinted at seeming contradictions in the Barbara Bush persona, Myra Gutin looks squarely at her White House years to set the record straight and show that she was more than "America's Grandmother" in faux pearls.

Gutin's portrait reveals a woman who was more of a success as first lady than her husband was as president—who in many ways was the public face of the George H. W. Bush administration. And while she wasn't an innovator as presidential wife, Gutin shows how the "Silver Fox" used her rich experience in politics to master the public relations side of first ladyship with as much skill as any White House spouse.

Gutin argues that Barbara was more politically astute than George—even though she denied any input into policymaking and maintained an apolitical image. In fact, she played an integral role in campaigning, fund-raising, and other activities that often blurred the line between the humanitarian and the political. Piercing through the first lady's public persona, Gutin reveals Barbara's backstage political skills in action—along with her closely held views onsocial issues like gun control and abortion.

From behind the façade of an ideal American family, Gutin also includes frank accounts of George H. W. Bush's alleged adultery and of the death of the Bushes' daughter Robin. In addition, she lends new insight into Barbara's relationship with her mother, her role as entertainer, and her role in wartime.

Gutin gives us a vibrant woman who lent warmth to her husband's cool image and whose legacy lives in the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literary and several best-selling books. It is a richly textured narrative that depicts a woman of loyalty, candor, and common sense, who knew when and how to apply those qualities in the service of her husband.

This book is part of the Modern First Ladies series.

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What People Are Saying

Gil Troy
A crisp and clean account of Barbara Bush's emergence as one of the most compelling first ladies of our time. . . . Well-written and well worth reading. (Gil Troy, author of Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Herbert S. Parmet
Savvy and insightful. (Herbert S. Parmet, author of George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee

)

John Robert Greene
A fascinating, impeccably researched, and long overdue biography by one of the nation's leading experts on the American first lady. Gutin shows that this wife of one president and mother of a second was hardly just a grandmother in pearls, but a shrewd, thoughtful, and humorous political partner to two presidents named Bush. This is political biography at its best. (John Robert Greene, author of The Presidency of George Bush)
Gil Troy

A crisp and clean account of Barbara Bush's emergence as one of the most compelling first ladies of our time. . . . Well-written and well worth reading. (Gil Troy, author of Hillary Rodham Clinton)

Herbert S. Parmet

Savvy and insightful. (Herbert S. Parmet, author of George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee)

John Robert Greene

A fascinating, impeccably researched, and long overdue biography by one of the nation's leading experts on the American first lady. Gutin shows that this wife of one president and mother of a second was hardly just a grandmother in pearls, but a shrewd, thoughtful, and humorous political partner to two presidents named Bush. This is political biography at its best. (John Robert Greene, author of The Presidency of George Bush)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700615834
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/21/2008
  • Series: Modern First Ladies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 838,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Myra G. Gutin is professor of communication at Rider University and author of The President's Partner: The First Lady in the Twentieth Century.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "No Man, Woman, or Child Ever Had a Better Life" 1

Ch. 2 "If I Said It, I Said It" 33

Ch. 3 "If You Couldn't Be Happy in the White House, You Couldn't Be Happy Anywhere" 58

Ch. 4 "If Everyone Could Read ... " 70

Ch. 5 "It Is the Darndest War" 100

Ch. 6 "The President Is Going to Win!" 120

Ch. 7 "There Is Life after Politics! Hurrah!" 146

Ch. 8 Conclusions 160

Notes 167

Bibliographic Essay 201

Index 211

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