Barbara Bush corrects son over ‘foetus in a jar’ story
It wasn’t me, it was the housekeeper, says George Bush’s mother
Barbara Bush has sharply contradicted her son George W Bush’s recent disclosure, described by The First Post’s US columnist Alexander Cockburn, that when he was a teenager she handed him a jar containing the foetus of her miscarried child, and asked him to take it to the hospital.
Former President Bush told Matt Lauer of NBC television, in an interview to plug his memoir Decision Points, that it was the transformative moment that made him pro-life.
But Barbara has undercut her son. She says it was her housekeeper who gave the jar to George.
"I didn't put it in the jar," Barbara Bush said, adding that it wasn't "in the library" on display. "Paula [the housekeeper] put it in the jar. And I was shocked when she gave it to him to - but, you know, memories dim a little bit..."
Comments Cockburn: "“Here's George's transformative moment, and he can't even remember who the transformer was."
Alexander Cockburn’s new column will be posted tomorrow, Friday. ·
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