Barbara Bush: In her own words, from political prognostication to rhymes with rich
Barbara Bush was known for her bluntness and candor, albeit more often in private than in public. Here are some of her most memorable quotes, including some controversial ones:
• Describing Geraldine Ferraro, her husband's opponent for vice president in 1984: I can't say it, but it rhymes with 'rich.' (Oct. 15, 1984) She later apologized, and said she had the word witch in mind.
• To the Wellesley College graduating class: At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a children, or a parent. (June 1,1990)
• Her advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton about handling reporters as first lady: Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you. (Aug. 24, 1992)