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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : News And Comment
Location : Nashua, NH

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this... this is working very well for them"

    Former First Lady, Barbara Bush

Source: Editor & Publisher.

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1. Ben Langhinrichs09/06/2005 10:46:32 PM

It is funny, but "Let them eat cake!" is the first thing I thought when seeing this quote. I wonder if she realizes yet how it sounds.

2. Andrew Pollack09/06/2005 10:50:23 PM

Yes. Funny.

3. Chris Linfoot09/07/2005 05:33:33 AM

That is unfair on Marie Antoinette.

When MA said it, she was referring to the French law that compelled bakers to sell brioche for the same price as bread when they had no bread to sell and this was her response when told "the people have no bread". Her heart was in the right place even if her advice has subsequently (and IMHO incorrectly) been interpreted as heartless.

What is going through Bab's little head is anyone's guess though hers is very clearly an ill judged, arrogant and truly heartless remark.

4. Bruce Perry09/07/2005 08:55:21 AM

@Chris, you're still being unfair to Marie Antoinette. The famous saying has been attributed to her, but there's no evidence that she said it. Also, the same story existed before Marie was married or in France and has been attributed to earlier people.

Cecil Adams of the Straight dope on the cake story:

BTW, I've never heard of a French law requiring brioche and bread to have same price.

5. Chris Linfoot09/07/2005 09:15:57 AM

I stand corrected.

The brioche law was real though. I doubt it is still on the statute book there as it predates the first French revolution and there have been a few changes since then.

6. Richard Schwartz09/07/2005 09:56:30 AM

@Bruce, @Chris: No cake for you!

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