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Jenna Bush Has a New Career

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Posted on Jun 4, 2007
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First daughter Jenna Bush may be known for late-night reveling and getting kicked out of Argentina, but HarperCollins is betting at least $300,000 that she has enough gravitas to carry off a nonfiction book about AIDS and poverty in the Third World. According to Radar Online, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” is bad, but at least Jenna (unlike her dad) endorses the condom.


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With such an earnest subject, Ms. Bush has done well to deflect criticism from those who might point out that her prose—comparing Ana’s life to a song, for example (“To me her words and her life are like a song—a song of hope and resilience. I met with Ana for more than six months and listened to the melody and lyrics of her life.”), or the complete and utter lack of any details of place or setting—is, well, not particularly good. And while Ana’s message—abuse is bad, AIDS is a reality—seems obvious to the point of stupidity, the book’s pro-condom/pro-education message is a kamikaze-like leap from Daddy’s nest.

Think of Jenna as Oprah—well-intentioned but grossly overpaid—and “Ana’s Story” as her grandfather’s despised broccoli—mostly good for you but sometimes bland and hard to swallow.

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By GrannyGeese, June 6, 2007 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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#75776 by Billy the Dik

“If she cuts a mohawk and dates Marilyn Manson or Rosie I’ll even vote for her if she runs.  How’s that?”

Fair ‘nuf Billy.

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By rage, June 6, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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That My Little Kittie stationary came in handy after all, I guess.

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By GrannyGeese, June 5, 2007 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Billy Dik,

Oh I don’t know. Anyone who was raised by a bunch of gun-tote’n Secret Service Dudes while Mom and Pop and Granny and Grandpop slopped ‘em down on the veranda or wherever, might be owed a bit of latitude for taking a tad longer to reach maturity.

Besides, when you get to my age, most everyone’s a kid.

Golly gee wiz I know folks what’s past sixty still working on growing up.
Like Pop for example.

(One of those “kids” I long since stopped liking and gave up on!)

I say give the girl a break! Not her fault who her Pop is. I don’t see pulling her down as fair, anymore than calling Samuel David bad things because his Grandpop is a guy name Cheney!

Now there’s them what might say she’s a spoiled brat and don’t deserve a break. But like the apples on the tree, given lots of sun and rain, still they’ll fall and spoil on the ground with no-one there to take care.

Spoiled kids are spoiled from lack of, not too much of.

When and if the kid becomes a politician, That’s something else again.
Then she’s fair game.

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By Trigger finger, June 5, 2007 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Her father wouldn’t use a condom???

That’s too late,  it’s her Grandpa who should have used a condom.

Better yet, her Great Grandpa.

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By Jacks, June 5, 2007 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

To be honest, I’m surprised she can write.

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By GrannyGeese, June 5, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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Betcha sales will be stellar!

Betcha good or bad, everybody’s gonna quote from it.

Betcha she had no small measure of help from “professionals” putting it together. And, betcha the six month experience of living with aids was from a “safe” distance.

But I could be wrong.
Lotsa times kids step out of the shadow of famous (infamous?) parents and move in an opposite direction.

Satisfies a normal need for recognition.

Doesn’t much matter whether or not the book is good reading. The “committed” loyalists don’t like well written literature, and everyone else will be curious.

Personally I like kids. Hate giving up on them.
Lotsa kids overcome the worst possible upbringing and grow up to be just nice and normal and pleasant to be around. Don’t know the twins, but wont hate them just ‘cause of who their parents are.

Every chain, no matter how strong sooner or later develops a weak link.
In this case the “Twins” might be that good thing.

If this was Jenna’s idea, congratulations.
Perhaps your willingness to look beyond the narrow center may save Grandpas future progeny.

If this is simply opportunists at Harper Collins seeing name identification, plus ghost writer, plus approval from floundering Bush’s looking for something positive to lift their image, equals profit (phewww!) at least it tells us everybody out there knows there’s a problem.

Guess that’s better than nothing, huh?

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By James Yell, June 5, 2007 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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Sigh

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By James yell, June 5, 2007 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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Sigh——————-

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By THOMAS BILLIS, June 5, 2007 at 5:25 am Link to this comment
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The publisher is having second thoughts after the first chapter was delivered on cocktail napkins.

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By dsmith, June 5, 2007 at 4:02 am Link to this comment
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And will our young writer donate the three hundred thousand to AIDS research or the family of her heroine?

How about visiting Iraq and writing a book about the young women who are maimed for life from bombs dropped on daddy’s orders.

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By shakingfist, June 5, 2007 at 1:52 am Link to this comment
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What’s with the satanic hand signals?

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By national-security-4-us, June 5, 2007 at 1:18 am Link to this comment

listen people—- GOD dealt the FINAL DEATHBLOW 2 the
bushs’ - GOD nailed his coffin shut when he forbid him 2 have a son…

GOD will also tell him on “JUDGMENT DAY” - what PHIL
COLLINS’ wrote about & sung in a song

GOD - 2 bush boys—- “YOU’RE NO SON OF MINE”

FORGET JEB - JUST LIKE HIS PARENTS DID BECAUSE HIS
CLAN ARE OF A MONGREL-OID/MUTT DECENT - PURSUANT 2 THE HOLY SCRIPTURES / WORD OF GOD…

SCRIPTURES’ STATE “DO NOT SLEEP WITH STRANGE FLESH”

LONG AGO “ONE NATION” - “ONE RELIGION” - “ONE PEOPLE”
“ONE LANGUAGE” - TRIED 2 FORM - IT WAS CALLED “THE TOWER OF BABEL”

FOR CENTURIES JEWISH PEOPLE ONLY MARRIED JEWISH PEOPLE = PURE BLOOD LINEAGE…

AT LEAST HITLER DID HAVE THAT PART RIGHT…

MIXING & MATING OF THE RACES IN TODAYS’ TERMINOLOGY IS CALLED “TOLERANCE” - IN THE DEVILS’ EYES IT IS 2 KEEP & PRESERVE “ROYAL BLOOD LINES”

IN GODS’ EYES IT IS UTTER DISRESPECT 4 NOT KNOWING /
UNDERSTANDING HIS WORD…

READ YOUR BIBLE - STUDY ANCIENT HISTORY - FACTS ARE
FACTS & THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH…

HALLELUJAH NO MORE BASTARD SONS TO DOMINATE/RULE THE
WORLD…

MAYBE NOW YOU SEE WHY THE TIME IS NOW & HOW/WHY IT SEEMS HE IS ACTING LIKE A ANTI-CHRIST - TIME IS SHORT
& TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE & THEY KNOW IT…

YOU WILL BE DEFEATED YOU PIECE OF SHIT SCUMBAG M-FER.

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By Anonymous, June 4, 2007 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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These links might explain her hand signal:

http://www.infowars.com/articles/nwo/bush_inauguration_illuminati_hand_sign.htm

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread281885/pg1

If this is true, this is so completely disturbing about what is running this planet.

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By QuyTran, June 4, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

If we took her damned advices we better go to HELL !

Hey “honey” Jenna, why didn’t you give these advices to your daddy ? He may be better off or at least he would be smarter than today !

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By vet240, June 4, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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Favorably or unfavorably, Comparing Jenna bush to Oprah is like trying to compare her daddy to Abraham Lincoln. the two names shouldn’t even come up in the same paragraph, much less a sentence.

While I can give Jenna a little slack to grow past her fathers deeds, I doubt she will come close to doing as much in her life as Oprah.

By the way, I don’t watch Oprah, but I did stay at a Super 8 last night!

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By Topcat, June 4, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

The question is who will buy this book? I doubt any adults will look to Jenna for advice or illumination, and most of her age-group does not view her as a spokesperson. Adolescents seem to prefer J.K Rowlings and her Harry Potter series, and pre-adolescents, as long as right-wing, fundamentalist Christian groups have their, will be prevented from learning what AIDS is.

I guess that leaves Mommy and Daddy, who will no doubt buy at least a hundred copies to give as gifts to the rest of their circle, which is also shrinking.

Looks like Harper Collins is just as bad at planning ahead as the President. Another failed policy—except not as expensive.

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By Anthony, June 4, 2007 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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Why don’t you do the right thing Jenna, and enlist for service in your dad’s “surge”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By professor crabby, June 4, 2007 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment
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What does this child of extreme privilege know of the “third world” and what it means to have HIV there? She met with Ana for six whole months! Wow!  where did she sleep at night?  In Panama City this twit lived (lives?)  in one of the most exclusive enclaves.  300 thousand? I agree with other posters this basically seems like a payoff to the ruling family.  I wonder how much (if any) of this extremely large amount of money this idiot child of an idiot plans to donate to HIV prevention, education, awareness. How much you want to bet not one dime –these are such revolting people—the best example of the anti-meritocracy that is the US today. I despise them.

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By johnnyfarout, June 4, 2007 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

Is it kiddie lit?

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By euni84, June 4, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

I think it’s great that she can come out with a book like this, despite her background. She’s bringing attention to disease and poverty, two of the gravest afflictions of today. According to the Borgen Project, just $19 billion annually ends starvation and $23 billion annually reverses the spread of AIDS and Malaria. In contrast, Pres. Bush has spent over $340 billion in a failed Iraq war that will only cause more instability.

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By Tony B., June 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

Honk if you love Jesus.

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By Andrea, June 4, 2007 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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While the source is somewhat questionable, any attention directed toward the issue of fighting global poverty is admirable.  Hopefully the book will help raise awareness and political will to address global poverty among certain groups of people in the US, and by doing so put the United States on the path towards meeting its Millennium Development Goal commitments.

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By Sophia King, June 4, 2007 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment
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Hook ‘em horn dogs!

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By What is the cryptic hand signal about?, June 4, 2007 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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1) devil worship
2) Univ of TX longhorn salute
3) (in Italy only) Your spouse has been unfaithful (or to men, ‘your children were fathered by someone else and are not really yours’)

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By B, June 4, 2007 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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Wonder what daddy did for harpercollins….

B

http://b-political.blogspot.com/

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By Trigger finger, June 4, 2007 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment
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WELL, THANKS A-LOT, I just puked all over my key-board.
What is it about the Bush(s) that turns my stomach?

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By Mudwollow, June 4, 2007 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Good for her. I hope she moves to the third world to study the problem further. If her book does become a success, hopefully her dad will get a copy to read in prison.

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By rowdy, June 4, 2007 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

can anybody really care what this vacuous moron has to say about any topic?

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By Tom Doff, June 4, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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If Jenna’s ambition is to join the Paris/Britney/Rosie set, she should formally change her name to ‘Hairy’, and drive them all nuts with envy.

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By Ed Protas, June 4, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment
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Why do you even devote space to this?

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By Pete, June 4, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Well, maybe just one comment: does anyone know of any specific reason why HarperCollins might conceivably be currying favor with the White House, with what might reasonably be called a big fat bribe to a Bush family member?

Just a thought.

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By Sondra, June 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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and we are all supposed to care about this because ....

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By whoneeds2know, June 4, 2007 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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So will this be a work of fiction for her? Or is she basing her book on what she has seen in the streets of Argentina in the midst of a late night binge?

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By ib, June 4, 2007 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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thus story doesn’t even deserve a comment

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