CNN Anchor To Laura Bush: Do People Have To Accept Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism To Effect Change?

March 13, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Laura Bush sat down with with CNN's Erin Burnett and was asked if she believes in order to create change, people have to accept anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism.

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters reports:

In a segment about the George W. Bush Institute's Women's Initiative Fellowship Program and its involvement with a group of Egyptian women, Burnett asked Mrs. Bush if the United States needs to "accept" anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism "when we want to make change."

ERIN BURNETT, HOST: An Egyptian woman, her name's Samira Ibrahim, and she's done a lot of things, courageous things. She's also been criticized for sending tweets that are anti-Semitic, anti-American. Does the U.S. need to accept that when we want to make change. You have to support people that do those things - financially in term of awards, in terms of all these things - because it pays off in the end? Is that a trade-off we have to make?

LAURA BUSH: No, I don't think so, not necessarily. But I do think it's really important that we do support women in any way we can in the U.S. And I know American women want to do that. It's easy for us to recruit the mentors, the American women mentors for our class of Egyptian fellows because American women are interested in women around the world. And they want to see women succeed.

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