Marge Simpson and First Lady Barbara Bush Exchanged Letters in 1990
Marge Simpson thought it was unfair when Barbara Bush labeled ‘The Simpsons‘ “the dumbest thing I had ever seen” during an interview the then-First Lady did in 1990.
So Marge wrote Barbara a letter in which she explained that she was “deeply hurt” by the criticism, and that she wasn’t sure why Bush hadn’t given her family “the benefit of the doubt.”
Marge’s letter ended up convincing Mrs. Bush to reconsider her stance, and she wrote Marge back asking her forgiveness for her loose tongue. The Washington Post got hold of the transcripts of both letters — read the unlikely pen pals’ correspondence below:
September 28, 1990
Mrs. Barbara Bush
The First Lady
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear First Lady:
I recently read your criticism of my family. I was deeply hurt. Heaven knows we’re far from perfect and, if truth be known, maybe just a wee bit short of normal; but as Dr. Seuss says, “a person is a person”.
I try to teach my children Bart, Lisa, and even little Maggie, always to give somebody the benefit of the doubt and not talk badly about them, even if they’re rich. It’s hard to get them to understand this advice when the very First Lady in the country calls us not only dumb, but “the dumbest thing” she ever saw. Ma’am, if we’re the dumbest thing you ever saw, Washington must be a good deal different than what they teach me at the current events group at the church.
I always believed in my heart that we had a great deal in common. Each of us living our lives to serve an exceptional man. I hope there is some way out of this controversy. I thought, perhaps, it would be a good start to just speak my mind.
With great respect,
Barbara Bush’s response:
How kind of you to write. I’m glad you spoke your mind; I foolishly didn’t know you had one.
I am looking at a picture of you, depicted on a plastic cup, with your blue hair filled with pink birds peeking out all over. Evidently, you and your charming family — Lisa, Homer, Bart and Maggie — are camping out. It is a nice family scene. Clearly you are setting a good example for the rest of the country.
Please forgive a loose tongue.
P.S. Homer looks like a handsome fella!