Butter Won`t Melt In Laura Bush`s Mouth. So Why Do Borders?


March 5th weekend in

is upon us. Mexican President

Vicente Fox
and his wife



George Bush
. The agenda is the same as always—migratory

February 16 in my column

"It`s Coming…."
I predicted that George W. Bush and
Vicente Fox would kiss during the Crawford visit. I was

actually happened was that Laura Bush kissed "Chente" and
GWB kissed Marta Sahagun de Fox. I saw it with my own two

And the First Lady has emerged as a
key co-conspirator in the on-going

Bush-Fox treachery.

I have never bought into the
mystique surrounding Laura Bush. The sanctimonious and
saccharine—especially when they`re wearing Oscar de la
Renta—make me look for the door.

As far as portraying Ms. Bush as the

whose life is dedicated to making
sure children can read and that

heart disease
will be cured—sorry, no sale!

Come on! Who doesn`t support child
literacy and improved health for all Americans?

And the First Lady`s role in the
last few weeks has been much more than a quiet,
behind-the-scenes force for

family literacy
. She has become a one-woman traveling
road show to promote—guess what? —President Bush`s

guest worker/amnesty plan.

What better shill for the president
that his

“butter won`t melt in my mouth”

As an added bonus for the President,
Laura Bush is a tenacious campaigner and skilled

The First Lady has the immigration
patter down cold. On January 9th, a day before
leaving for Monterrey, Laura Bush gave back-to-back White
House interviews with


. If you had merely read the text, you would
have wagered that it was George W. himself giving those
canned answers to questions about guest workers and
amnesty. (The translations are mine.)


posed this question:

“Your husband already proposed an immigration plan. But
some people think that it`s not good to allow illegal
people to work here in the United States. What do you

A:  “I
think it`s really very important. I`m very proud of his
immigration plan that he`s come up with. It`s terrible
for people who are illegal here. They can suffer a lot of

if they are involved in any way in—if
they are exploited in any way, it`s very difficult for
them to go to the authorities in the United States,
because they`re illegal here.  

“So I
think it`s a very important move to give workers who are
here who are employed a chance to have a

temporary employment visa
and be able to work here.
And then that allows them to go back and forth to their
homes, wherever their homes are, without fear of

not being able to get back into the United States

after their vacation or their visit with their family. So
I think it`s a very important step and I hope the
Congress will work with the President to come up with an
immigration policy that`s

safe for immigrants,
for people who come to the
United States, as well as economically beneficial for
American employers.”

A few minutes later,

put a woman`s issues spin on its question
about President Bush`s amnesty plan:

Q: If you will, because
this is an issue for millions of immigrant women in this
country, if you put yourself in the position of an
immigrant worker, a mother of two, she has two kids in
school, she has two jobs, and her only goal is that these
two kids receive [VDARE.COM
note: i.e. steal from American

an American education. Why
would you register with the government for a temporary
visa for three years if you might risk that, at the end
of this you, all of you, might be deported?

A: “It [registering]
gives you the chance to go to your child`s school and to
be an advocate for your child at their school, and to not
be afraid that somehow, when you went up to talk to the
teacher, that you might have a chance of being turned in
as an illegal. All of those things really would protect


who are working in the United States. It gives
you the chance to look for better working conditions. If
there`s anything about your working conditions that are
bad, you can`t complain about it now if you`re illegal
working in the United States.”

On February 18 2004, at the

Rancho Mirage Library
, Ms. Bush

didn`t waste a moment.
Responding to a question asked
in Spanish about her husband and Hispanics, she said:

he`s working very hard in every community, but

he`s interested in the Hispanic community
. We`re from

that shares a

very long border
with Mexico. We are very aware of
all of the issues that have to do with our two countries,
our border, with immigration, with the economies and how
important it is for both economies—ours and the economy
in Mexico—to be strong so that people can find work.

Bush followed up by saying
that the President`s proposal is a way:

try to deal with the large number of illegal immigrants
that are in the United States who, right now, really
don`t have any rights; they`re afraid to go to the police
if they suffer a crime because they`re illegal, and they
think they`ll be

. So it would be a way to try to address
that; to also let

American companies
hire workers when they need

Bush concluded that,
“it`s a

human rights
issue and a way to address what is a
huge inequity in the United States—and that is illegal
workers who are here and don`t really have any rights.”

Such compassion! Such
empathy! Such ignorance!

If only either Bush—George
or Laura—could spread their love around to

or otherwise hurting Americans.

No doubt the First Lady had
more to say to the assembled crowd at Rancho Mirage—like
about donations! But the press is banned when the subject
turns to cash.

According to

, the website launched by
the national consumer group Private Citizen and as
reported in the New York Times on February 7 2004
in its story titled

“A First Lady Fiercely Loyal and Quietly Effective,”

Bush has raised more than

$5 million
for her husband`s campaign.

As for this weekend`s
events, who knows? President Bush has inexplicably chosen
to squander the precious little political capital he has
on this

relationship with Fox.

What we can hope is that
Jay Leno`s worst nightmare will not come true.

Talking about Fox`s demands
that Bush make it easier for Mexicans to enter the U. S.,

late-night TV host

“What could possibly make it any easier – moving
sidewalks? What do you want, bus fare?”

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.