Monday, November 24, 2008

Being First Families II

President Bush and family have handled the transition of power wonderfully. Not only did the President make it known to his staff that full cooperation would be expected, he allowed the Obama transition team early access to White House soon after the election. This was a great gesture. Another perhaps not very noticeable thing also occurred. On the day Michelle Obama brought Malia and Sasha to the White house, the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara, took time out from their respective lives and made a trip to the White House to welcome the Obama girls to their new home.

The gesture was wonderful and shows that they were raised properly. It might be also assumed that they were raised to think independently. It was not certain that they had not voted for Obama. When Jenna was on Larry King she did not tip her hand as to who she would vote for. While her her mom, Laura, said she would vote for McCain, Jenna said rather softly though resolutely that she had not decided as of yet for whom to cast her vote. You did not get the impression that it would not be John McCain. The President and Laura Bush have raised good girls.


John O'Leary said...

Great story, Judith. I didn't know that about Jenna. Her twin sister Barbara seemed to be the more independent-minded one (who got into a lot of mischief at Yale). Wonder whom SHE voted for.

judith ellis said...

I suspect that the Bush girls may have both voted for Obama. Though Barbara might be the more indepedent one, it was Jenna who seemed like she was not voting for McCain. Her face said it all. Regarding mischief, my nieces and nephews have not always been saints those first years away from home. Wow! It was like they lost their minds. "Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." This is what my mother lived by. We did not always do what was right, but we manage to always come around. We are forever becoming.