November 8, 2010, - 6:12 pm

Touching or Eeuuww?: Prez Bush’s Fetus Jar Story

By Debbie Schlussel

As you know, President George W. Bush’s Presidential memoir, “Decision Points,” is released tomorrow, and his big tour to sell the thing begins with an hour exclusive interview, tonight, with NBC’s Matt Lauer.  And, as I’ve written already, it’s somewhat unpresidential, including the former Prez’s absurd statement that the comments of a low-life rapper were the low point of his presidency.

Now, there’s another story, that while it might be somewhat touching is also icky and macabre.  And seems sensationalistic.  Bush claims that he knew he was pro-life and against abortion from the time he was a teen.  He says he became pro-life because his mother, Barbara Bush, miscarried and showed him the fetus she put in a jar to take to the hospital.  The former Prez says this made him pro-life because he realized that this fetus in a jar could be his brother or sister.

For the record, I am pro-life. And Bush claims that the reason he put this in the book is not to show why he’s pro-life, but to show how he and his mother developed a relationship.  Huh?  My mom and I bonded over a jar filled with her dead fetus?  Am I missing something here, or is this very bizarre?  I just can’t imagine previous Presidents–even Bill Clinton with his tacky mother–revealing such a macabre story. And by the way, Mrs. Bush was unaffected by the fetus, as she remains pro-choice a/k/a pro-abortion.

FAnd while it is true that showing people a fetus demonstrates to them exactly what is being killed via abortion, I find the story kinda creepy.  What mother shows this to their kid?  I also find it hard to believe that the former First Lady really showed  her son the jar.  Seems to me that she is classier than that.  Also, in those days, people didn’t discuss these things with their children, and they certainly wouldn’t show them a jar.

So, in addition to being mildly grossed-out by this story, I also don’t really believe it.  I’m sure his mother isn’t going to go public and call her son a liar.  But I believe this happened as much as I believe that Kanye West’s comments on a TV telethon were the lowest points in a Presidency during which 3,000 Americans were murdered by Muslims while they were passengers in airplanes or working in the World Trade Center; and during which even more American men and women died while fighting to hand over Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to the Ayatollahs’ Iran.

So, am I wrong?  Do you find the Bush fetus-in-a-jar story icky or inspiring?  Is Bush making up stuff and sensationalizing things to sell books?

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24 Responses

Definite ew!
That’s child abuse. Traumatizing a kid by showing them something like that????
And where was George, Sr? HE should have driven her to the doctor!

Michelle on November 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

It might be a trial balloon for Janna Bush to write her memoirs later; the former president wants to see how stuff like this goes over.

Little Al on November 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

ICKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sy wohl on November 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm

One of our cousins had IVF, which resulted in twins. Unfortunately, both ended up dying at around 22 weeks. Both babies were delivered, cleaned up, and dressed in gowns for burial. Hearing this story was hard enough, but then we were shown pictures of the children. Those little babies were shown the utmost respect and love for the short time they were on this planet.

I hope and pray that the “jar story” is a fake. That disturbs me to no end!!

cirrus1701 on November 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Um, it’s a bit of both. Icky and inspiring.

I wish all the lefty animal rights whackos (and I am a huge animal advocate…but I know so much of them are whackos…I’m just sayin….) would have a heart for the innocent lives of babies.

How can one be for animal rights but NOT pro-life? I know when I was it was because I did NOT think about the babies. Now I do.

Skunky on November 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

It could be true; if Barbara Bush is Pro-Abortion. Bush 43 and his mother could have had an “intimate” relationship. It is possible since Barbara and Bush 43 are liberals; and pretty much anything goes.

Fred Feyertag on November 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I don’t know if this will knock it out of the #1 spot or not, but I should mention that the current best selling book in the nation is another biography…that of Keith Richards. If Mrs. Bush’s miscarriage is all it takes to gross you out then needless to say, I certainly would not recommend that you thumb through any of Keef’s bio. We are talking about a guy who jokes about snorting his dead father’s ashes.

Irving on November 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Monumental TMI of all time.

DD on November 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I suspect that this story is meant to keep this horrid little book off of the remainder shelf a bit longer. If this tale is actually true, President Bush does come from a very strange family.

Worry01 on November 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

True or made up, it’s just totally bizzare either way. Kinda sounds like an urban legend.

theShadow on November 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm

This is the sickest thing I have ever heard of-a bonding moment with his mother? If this is true, they are indeed an incredibly strange, bizarre, and creepy family-what mother DOES this?

Murphy on November 9, 2010 at 1:43 am

So, am I wrong? Do you find the Bush fetus-in-a-jar story icky or inspiring? Is Bush making up stuff and sensationalizing things to sell books?

I bet his ghost writer made it up and I don’t believe it either.

Has anyone ever had somebody show you a jar with his gallstones?

Miranda Rose Smith on November 9, 2010 at 1:58 am

That is pretty gross. Why the hell would she do that. It’s not as sick as Rick Santorum and his wife bringing their still born child home, making their other 8 kids hug it, and then taking it to bed with them.

Mark on November 9, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I have a feeling it may have happened,,,,but I don’t believe for one Minute that’s what made him Pro Life. Remember when he and his pal Rick Santorum personally came to Philadelphia to stump for, fundraise and endorse loosing in the polls CHOICE Speceter over Winning in the Polls LIFE Toomey the week-end before the Republican Primary in 2004. Two hypocrites when the rubber met the road stumped for the man that could win in the General Election.

    And did we hear any outrage from the Group Cornering the “Life” Market,,,,Not a peep.

    The Confirmation of the Shallowness of this man will never end.

    As a Pro-Life Democrat, again, the hypocrisy of the false Pro-Lifers stalking the Kennedy’s, Casey’s and Biden’s have shown their real motive. Sell Books and Buy Votes.

    Jane on November 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Grossness is in the eyes of the subjective beholders, no?

freedomlover on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

WTF??? What family bonds like this? “Well son, I miscarried. Wanna check it out?” I can see how the fact that a lost fetus could be his brother or sister would impact him deeply, but JEEZ! I wonder if Barbara called him to say “George maybe you should have let me see the draft before you went final on that one.”

Sean on November 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

It may be that Skull and Bones influence from daddy’s time at Yale.

elvis on November 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

This story is disconcerting, but it did remind me of a mother I barely knew sharing with me the fact that a miscarried child she had was somehow preserved in a small fancy box with a window on her dresser. I believe all the siblings were familiar with this family “treasure”?!

There are just people out there who have to grieve differently I guess. Maybe Mrs. Bush was in shock or something. I have read to use a jar if possible for the benefit of the medical staff at the hospital. I’ve never had a miscarriage, so I am unfamiliar with what the protocol is. Luckily we have National Geographic and Discovery to show us prenatal details without having to peek into jars now.

Don’t know if I would have included that uber-personal story in a book though.

Lily Ledbetter on November 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

Some things to consider that might be a factor to this. The Bush family lost a daughter to cancer ( think it was cancer) when she was a young child. Maybe W was very close to this sibling. Mothers during pregnancy even if it is right after a miscarriage, are emotional due to hormones. I am sure this miscarriage stirred her memories of her loss of her daughter. When a woman has a miscarriage, they are instructed if possible for the remains to be brought in for a pathology evaluation. W was a teenager when this happened. So putting all of this together as a mother what I am guessing since I haven’t read the book or plan on it, the emotions of the miscarriage stirred up this family. I don’t know who was home when this happened or what the circumstances were. Maybe the mother was unable to drive or was instructed to have one of the older children drive her to medical care. I do know families who have had stillbirths or miscarriages and pictures are kept of the child who died. I also know that hospitals generally take pictures even if the family doesn’t request them because the family can change their mind and the opportunity is lost. To say this is icky is to say this isn’t a child. Yet many families have a viewing with a coffin when a family member dies. I know many women who miscarry are in shock and grief and react as humans in pain. Humans in shock don’t always look dramatic, they can look very calm. Would I have done what happened here? I don’t know. But can I see it happening? Yes. I know families who have had stillbirths early in pregnancy and have brought in much younger siblings to see the dead child.

NJ on November 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Like you, I will not be reading the book, and I do have a suspicion the loss of their child to Leukemia when “W” was only 7 left a profound effect on the whole family,,,,, I do think that his personality was formed by these events,,,,but for the life of me, I can’t understand why he had to share something like that with the WORLD.

    There is a theory that a young person who has had a trauma he doesn’t handle well when he is young,,,he never grows “Emotionally” past that age.

    How Bush has handled this after so many years – in an almost “it’s about ME” fashion makes me think he may not have matured past that point.

    It’s a shame for him and the family as well. No one really “gets over” losses like that.

    Jane on November 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Debbie – This was before there was much ultrasound technology…doctors often asked the mother to bring the remains of the miscarriage to the hospital as it was the only way for them to see if all of the fetus was out. IT was done for the health of the mother. To this day, doctor’s often ask for the mom to bring the fetus in if they are able. This is a really insensitive post. I usually am a big fan Debbie, but I am dissapointed.

C: The technology of yesteryear v. today is irrelevant to this creepy move by Bush’s mom. Sorry, but there’s nothing insensitive about pointing out a bizarre passage (among several) in the memoir of a President of the United States. DS

C on November 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

Dear Debbie:

Why would he make this one up? He goes into significant detail on his stupid escapades while drinking, as well, so I think it’s believable. What I found most interesting is that the writing style of the memoirs seemed to be aimed at people with a 10th grade education.

He was a very flawed fellow, who kept us safe for 7 years after the 9/11 attack. That is how he will be remembered in the Nation’s Historic Memory, if at all.

OT: Huh? He didn’t keep us safe. He multiplied geometrically the number of Muslims that he let into the country and gave green cards and citizenship to. By your standard, Bill Clinton “kept us safe” after the ’93 WTC attacks. Bush did no such thing. We are LESS safe. Not more. And we will bear the brunt of it from the many terrorists he let in. He didn’t even protect the borders. The guy was a moron, and he destroyed effective law enforcement agencies, like US Customs Service, which actually fought terrorists and their money sources, instead creating a giant bloated bureaucracy, Homeland Security, which does not secure us. And, now, even his mother, Barbara Bush, says the story is false. WAKE. UP. DS

Occam's Tool on January 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I think you hit a bllusyee there fellas!

Caiden on July 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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