9/27/92 at 8:00 PM
The family-values debate has now enveloped First Lady Barbara Bush. Behind her image as a model mom, Mrs. Bush was really a "rich woman" who seemed "to enjoy her dogs more than her children," writes Marjorie Perloff in this week's The New Republic. Perloff, a Stanford professor, bases her case on her memory of the Bush family from the days when her daughter and the youngest Bush child, Dorothy, were fourth graders in Washington, D.C., in 1968. But memories can be faulty, and Perloff's piece contains a number of factual errors. Dorothy Bush, for example, was nicknamed " Doro" not " Dordie," as Perloff claims. Doro, for her part, has no memory of Perloff. " I can't imagine why she would say such things," she says.