In the wake of the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean shared a letter that Bush sent Marge Simpson almost two decades ago when the two had an exchange that started salty but had a heartwarming ending.
During a magazine interview in 1990, Bush said The Simpsons “was the dumbest thing she’s ever seen.” Being the protective and dignified matriarch that she is, Marge did not clap back. Instead, she wrote a letter to the First Lady at the time.
“I recently read your criticism of my family. I was deeply hurt,” said Simpson. “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’.”
She goes on to say that she teaches her kids to “give somebody the benefit of the doubt and not talk badly about them” and how it was difficult to teach them that when the First Lady calls her family dumb.
“I always believed in my heart that we had a great deal in common,” she continues. “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.”
Being an equally dignified woman, Bush responded and apologized in a letter written to Marge saying, “I’m glad you spoke your mind; I foolishly didn’t know you had one.”
Bush, who has appeared on the Fox animated series but didn’t provide the voice, goes on to compliment the Simpsons family and their values. She told Marge that she is “setting a good example for the rest of the country” before saying, “please forgive the loose tongue” and calling Homer a “handsome fella.”
Read the letters below.
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