An Ann Richards Tribute Article

I have to admit that I didn’t really know much about Ann Richards before she passed away. I’m a little too young to remember her ‘famous’ remarks about Bush 1 at the Democratic Convention. She said, “Poor George, he was born with a silver foot in his mouth,” or something. I was more shocked that Texas elected a democratic governor, and a female to boot, than anything else. My father (a Republican) said that her death would have been back page news if it wasn’t for the anti-Bush comments she made. Perhaps, Dad, perhaps. I don’t really have an opinion on that matter because everything I’ve learned about the lady has come after the fact.

Look, I’m not trying to say that Ann Richards was this, or Ann Richards was that. But from what I’ve seen on TV recently, it seems like she was kind of an anti-politician, if that’s even possible. Take, for instance, some of the comments she made right before she lost her re-election bid for governor to George Bush II. She called him a jerk and made fun of his hunting skills. Not bad. It sucks she lost, the world might be a different place.

George Bush actually had a press conference today (surprise, surprise). I don’t know what was stranger, the fact that he had one or the fact that I watched it, but that’s another issue. Anyway, he was asked to make some obligatory comments on Ann Richards’ passing, and he made some nice statements on the surface. But when I looked into his eyes I noticed something. He was kidding. There was a look that said, “That crazy bitch, Ann Richards, do you think I really give a fuck about her.” His mouth was moving and all the right words were coming out, but there was something going on inside. I fear that man is pure evil (if it wasn’t clearly evident before). Obviously, there are plenty of people who feel this way, but for the most part I’ve always felt that Bush, the person, was just a harmless idiot, a pawn if you will. I’m not sure I feel that way after the face he made during his Ann Richards comments. Sad fucker’s lost, man.

So, will Ann Richards be missed? Probably, for a weekâÂ?¦tops. I’m not saying that we need to institute a national holiday or anything. Ann Richards Day is not the answer. She’ll lie in state, which is nice I guess, but that gesture won’t represent Ann Richards. Ann Richards was a cowgirl and she spoke her mind. She clearly wasn’t perfect, but compared to today’s politicians her no-bullshit-persona doesn’t look half bad. And I think that’s the best compliment you can give her. RIP Ann Richards; give ’em hell up in heaven. (Wow, could that last sentence have been any cheesier?)

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