We lost a truly grand person this week with the death of 73-year-old saucy/smart former Texas governor Ann Richards. As a young reporter, I watched her, awestruck, from the floor of the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta as she delivered a rousing speech with a few of her famous salvos, one for pappy George Bush:
"Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!"
And in keeping with her dedication to push for the rights of all minorities - this good perspective on the talents of women:
"Ginger Rogers did the same thing that Fred Astaire did... she just did it backwards and in high heels!"
Here is the NYTimes obit:
And more hilarious quotes from the guv:
(On ineffective government programs) "You can put lipstick and earrings on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig.''
"A woman's place is in the dome."
"I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you."
Asked once what she might have done differently had she known she was going to be a one-term governor, Richards grinned. "Oh, I would probably have raised more hell."
"Let me tell you that I am the only child of a very rough-talking father. So don't be embarrassed about your language. I've either heard it or I can top it."
"I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don't have any."