I couldn’t agree more with mistermix’s post on the “decency” of Laura Bush. I haven’t read Laura Bush’s book and I don’t plan to but it sure sounds like it’s chock full of standard political bullshit:
There are a few crumbs of political interest strewn along the way: The usually charitable Mrs. Bush chastises the Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for their “nasty personal criticisms of George,” and she writes that she has often wondered if Jacques Chirac of France or Gerhard Schröder of Germany “could have done more” to prevent the Iraq war, “if one of them could have persuaded Saddam to go into exile, if they could have conveyed that the United States was not bluffing.”
For the most part, however, the White House portions of this book feel carefully prepared and vetted: Mrs. Bush lays out a predictable defense of her husband’s decision to invade Iraq and his decision not to visit New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, and she offers only the blandest portraits of administration figures like Dick Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld and Karl Rove. In these chapters there is no daylight between Laura Bush and her highly groomed role as first lady.
It’s hard to measure the political value of snookering rubes (EDIT: sorry, I’ve been reading DailyHowler again) with the “decency” shtick, but Mark Halperin counted the continuing popularity of Laura Bush as one of the five biggest political achievements of our era, so there’s a full-fledged Village meme that it did have value. I think “achievement” is the right word here — we’re talking about a manufactured image designed to take in the gullible and childish.