March 6, 2007, - 11:31 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Congratulations, Jenna Bush. You, too, have joined the PC crowd. Wow, your parents really taught you well.
Presidential twin daughter Jenna Bush is publishing a new book she wants your young kids to read, and–surprise!–its heroine is a teen single mother with AIDS. So much for your kids having a childhood.
The partying, drinking Bush twin thinks your kids need to “put a face on statistics” of AIDS in Latin America. And take action. Gee someone’s been listening to too much Bono hypocrisy. And forgot about America.
And Bush has the audacity to tell USA Today that she envisions her teen-single-mother-with-AIDS book as having the same influence as Anne Frank’s The Diary of Anne Frank. She compares her book and its topic to two books on the Holocaust, including Frank’s. She even named her single-teen-mother-with-AIDS heroine Ana, a Latino version of Anne.
Memo to Jenna: Get a clue. Anne Frank and most of her family were rounded up and murdered–NOT because they slept around as teenagers and had unprotected sex, but because they were born Jews. Period. To compare Frank’s murder in a concentration camp to a teenager who has sex, gets pregnant, and gets AIDS is a little absurd. As evidenced by her diary, her teen years were spent in a cramped attic hiding from Nazis. Sorry, Jenna Airhead, the AIDS and poverty in Latin America is hardly the same as the Holocaust, which was mass genocide.
Bush got the idea for this silly book from her time on a UNICEF internship. Proving again that no participant in UN programs goes uninfected.
Yep, another Presidential daughter bites the dust. I used to think she was unfairly criticized by the media, but now they’re predictably gushing over her–she’s taken up their causes in spades.
Jenna, we liked you better when you were the Paris Hilton of the Bush White House.
More on this exercise in the ludicrous from USA Today:
Jenna Bush, in a rare interview, says her forthcoming book for teens – about a 17-year-old single mother in Panama who is living with HIV – will end with a “call to action.”
HarperCollins announces today that it’s publishing Bush’s “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” this fall. . . .
The president’s daughter, 25, says the book is not political. It’s aimed at “getting kids thinking and involved,” Bush said Monday by phone from Panama, where she has worked since September as an unpaid intern for UNICEF.
Bush, a former public school teacher in Washington, D.C., says: “I’m aware that not all kids can pick up and fly to Panama. I’m very lucky.”
But, Bush says, “there’s so much they can do” to deal with issues of “exclusion” – from research on HIV discrimination to “inviting new kids to sit with them in the cafeteria.”
The book grew out of her UNICEF job to “put a face on statistics” and document the lives of children in Central and South America who live in extreme poverty.
Jenna and her sister, Barbara (who works at a New York museum), have tried to avoid publicity and have been protected by the White House. But, she says, “I’m willing to give up some of my anonymity” to promote the book and “start a dialogue with kids.”
A book tour is planned in schools, libraries and bookstores. “This is not about me,” she adds, “but the kids I met here.”
PUH-LEEZE. It’s all about her.
Kate Jackson, editor of HarperCollins Children’s Books, says she was impressed by Bush’s “intellect, drive and passion.” A first printing of about 500,000 copies is expected.
Yes, teen single mother’s with AIDS as the new Holocaust. That’s real intellect.
Bush says she will donate her earnings to UNICEF. She says she “very, very modestly” hopes her book will have some of the influence of two books about girls caught up in the Holocaust: Lois Lowry’s novel Number the Stars and Anne Frank’s The Diary of Anne Frank.
And to think I used to defend this chick. Never thought I’d long for then-estranged Reagan Daughter Patti Davis’ “Homefront.”
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