Remarks by Barbara and Jenna Bush to the Republican National Convention
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Tuesday, August 31, 2004; 11:27 PM
J. BUSH: It's great to be here. We love Arnold. Isn't he awesome?
Thanks to him, if one of us ever decides to marry a Democrat, nobody can complain, except maybe our grandmother, Barbara. And if she doesn't like it, we would definitely hear about it.
J. BUSH: We kept trying to explain to my dad that when we are young and irresponsible, well, we're young and irresponsible.
B. BUSH: Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines.
J. BUSH: Our parents have always encouraged us to be independent and dream big. We've spent a lot of time at the White House, so when we showed up the first day, we thought we had it all figured out. But apparently my dad already has a chief of staff, named Andy.
B. BUSH: When your dad's a Republican and you go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself.
I knew I wasn't quite ready to be president, but number two sounded pretty good.
B. BUSH: Who is this man they call Dick Cheney?
J. BUSH: I think I know a lot about campaigns. After all, my grandfather and my dad have both run for president, so I put myself in charge of strategy. Then I got an angry call from some guy named Karl.
B. BUSH: We knew we had something to offer. I mean, we've traveled the world; we've studied abroad. But when we started coming home with foreign policy advise, dad made us call Condi.
J. BUSH: Not to be deterred, we thought surely there's a place for strong willed, opinionated women in communications. And next thing we know, Karen's back.
B. BUSH: So we decided the best thing we could do here tonight would be to introduce somebody we know and love.
J. BUSH: You know all those times when you're growing up and your parents embarrass you? Well, this is payback time on live TV.
B. BUSH: Take this. I know it's hard to believe, but our parents' favorite term of endearment for each other is actually "Bushy."
And we had a hamster, too. Let's just say ours didn't make it.
J. BUSH: But, contrary to what you might read in the papers, our parents are actually kind of cool. They do know the difference between mono and Bono. When we tell them we're going to see Outkast, they know it's a band and not a bunch of misfits. And if we really beg them, they'll even shake it like a Polaroid picture.
B. BUSH: So, OK, maybe they have learned a little pop culture from us, but we've learned a lot more from them about what matters in life, about unconditional love, about focus and discipline.
B. BUSH: They taught us the importance of a good sense of humor, of being open-minded and treating everyone with respect.
J. BUSH: When you grow up as the daughters of George and Laura Bush, you develop a special appreciation for how blessed we are to live in this great country.
B. BUSH: Someone who told us we actually looked cute in braces, always welcomed our friends and was there waiting when we came home at curfew.
J. BUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, one of the two most loving, thoughtful people we know.
B. BUSH: Your president and our dad, George W. Bush.