I definitely think I like Bush Sr. a lot more as W's dad than as a president. I love the way he and Barbara are more offended by the Bush critics than President Bush is himself. It speaks so much to their family, character and loyalty.
So when I saw this article about Bush Sr. being upset about the level of media hostility towards his son I felt his pain. These comments made me smile:
"President George W. Bush's father accused the news media of "personal animosity" toward his son and said he found the criticism so unrelenting he sometimes talked back to his television set.
"It's one thing to have an adversarial ... relationship -- hard-hitting journalism -- it's another when the journalists' rhetoric goes beyond skepticism and goes over the line into overt, unrelenting hostility and personal animosity," former President George Bush said.
The elder Bush, the 41st U.S. president, had a relatively collegial relationship with the press but things turned sour during his losing 1992 re-election campaign. He got so fed up with media coverage that supporters at the time circulated hats with the slogan "Annoy the Media -- Re-Elect Bush."
To Bush Sr.:
You aren't alone! I talk back to the television set too, for the very same reasons ;-)!