In a USA Today interview, Teresa Heinz Kerry said Laura Bush hasn’t held a “real job.”
Well, you know, 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 — I mean, since she’s been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I’m older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I’m older, and I’ve had different experiences. And it’s not a criticism of her. It’s just, you know, what life is about.
As Kimberly Swygert points out, Laura Bush worked as a public school teacher and school librarian until her marriage at 31. Of course, that’s not as validating as being rich.
Heinz Kerry, who worked as a UN translator before her first marriage at 28, has issued a statement apologizing for forgetting about Laura Bush’s teaching career. It’s an odd slip: Has she really paid so little attention that she doesn’t know the First Lady’s background?