Doro Bush Koch
Notes from Evan Smith
"She’ll go down in history as few other presidential kin do — not associated with scandal, like Billy Carter or Roger Clinton, but as a dutiful daughter and sister of men who inhabited the Oval Office — the only person ever to live to see her father and brother in the White House. Dorothy Bush Koch — known far and wide as Doro — is one of five children born to Barbara and George H.W. Bush and is the youngest sibling of George W. Educated at Miss Porter’s School and Boston College, she lives with her second husband, a former aide to the Democratic majority leader of the U.S. House — who says bipartisanship is dead in Bushworld? -- and their two children in Bethesda, Maryland. Although politics has been the family business since the days her grandfather, Prescott Bush, served his home state of Connecticut in the Senate, she’s pretty much stayed out it, except for her fundraising efforts in 2000 and 2004 on behalf of her big bro. But she has exhibited several of the traits associated with her clan, including sunny optimism — part of her dad’s DNA, at least — and an almost obsessive loyalty, perhaps the Bushiest trait of all. Her recently published book, My Father, My President, is suffused with it — it’s a lovingly uncritical look at the life of the man now commonly known as 41. Kitty Kelley it ain’t, but what else would you expect from the apple of his eye? And give her this: As memoirs go, this one’s a quick and easy read, with very little in the way of controversy to distract you from a justifiably upbeat story line. As for the dynasty’s somewhat more complicated current fortunes? We’ll have to wait for My Brother, My President to read about those."
- Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 11.30.06