Anne Richards

For those of us who will be drinking liberally tonight, we need to remember to hoist a glass for the late Governor Ann Richards of Texas who just passed from cancer. A remarkable woman who unfortunately was denied a second term by that frat boy was known for some interesting remarks including her reference to Bush “pere”: “Born with a Silver Foot in his mouth”. RIP Anne.

  7 comments for “Anne Richards

  1. Julie in Orange
    September 14, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    A Hoot! Worth the short read. From Juanita’s blog

    I always wanted to live in a world with Ann Richards in it.
    Here’s a great Ann story as told by Molly Ivins, and a picture of Ann dancing with one of my sons during happy days.
    Several years ago there was a big political do at Scholz Beer Garten in Austin and everybody who was anybody in political Texas was there, meetin’ and greetin’ at a furious pace. About halfway through the evening, a little group of us got the tired feet and went to lean our butts against a table by the back wall of the Garten. Like birds in a row were perched Bob Bullock, the state comptroller; me; Charlie Miles, a black man who was then head of Bullock’s personnel department (and the reason Bullock had such a good record on minority hiring); and Ms. Ann Richards.

    Bullock, having been in Texas politics for thirty some-odd years, consequently knew every living sorry, no-account sumbitch who ever held office. A dreadful old racist judge from East Texas came up to him, “Bob, my boy, how are yew?” The two of them commenced to clap one another on the back and have a big greetin’.

    “Judge,” said Bullock. “I want you to meet my friends. This is Molly Ivins with the Texas Observer.”

    The judge peered up at me and said, “How yew, little lady?”

    “This is Charles Miles, who heads my personnel department.” Charlie stuck out his hand and the judge got an expression on his face as though he had just stepped into a fresh cowpie. It took him a long minute before he reached out, barely touched Charlie’s hand and said, “How you, boy?” Then he turned with great relief to pretty, blue-eyed Ann Richards and said, “And who is this lovely lady?”

    Ann beamed and said, “I am Mrs. Miles.”

  2. Anonymous
    September 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Another Ann Richardsism:

    Ex-governor of Texas, Ann Richards, reminded a nation that ”Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    Years ago, Governor Richards was the special guest at a fundraising luncheon here in Anaheim to benefit Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
    Although the media seems to play the same handful of clips upon her passing, I can assure you that she exhibited her sharp wit and gracious demeanor in every moment of her life.
    Rest In Peace, Governor Richards.
    You have inspired many!

  4. September 14, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Ann Richards entered politics late in life, when she was a grandmother. When asked why she race for office, her comment was soemthing like, “I don’t want my tombstone to read, ‘she kept a clean house’.”

    Ann Richards was a classic and an inspiration to men and women alike. God bless you Ann!

  5. September 15, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    My gosh, I still can’t believe she’s gone.

    I just love what she said 18 years ago about Daddy Bush… I think it still applies to Daddy, Mommy, and Junior Bush today (about Daddy’s Bushisms):

    “He can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

    I hope she’s still raising hell in the afterlife.

  6. September 15, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    My personal favorite Richards quip was when she said that George W. was born and third base, but thought that he hit a triple.

  7. Chris
    September 17, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    Maybe you should hoist a non-alcholic drink for Ann Richards. She was sober for some time.

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