Barbara Bush wasn't a fan of The Simpsons until she received a warm letter from Marge
The former first lady responded to Marge's letter, a picture of which was shared by the show's executive producer Al Jean on Twitter.
After former First Lady Barbara Bush's death on Tuesday, April 17, several incidents from her life have been shared with the public. The latest among them is a heartwarming letter she once received from Marge Simpson in the 90s. Barbara or the Silver Fox as she was known among her contemporaries wasn't a fan of The Simpsons until she received a letter from the matriarch of the animated family.
Marge's letter to Barbara was in response to the former First Lady's criticism of the show. She is believed to have described the animated TV show as the "dumbest thing I've ever seen," a sentiment that was shared by her husband, George H.W. Bush.
The letters exchanged between Barabra Bush and Marge Simpson after Mrs. Bush had called The Simpsons "the dumbest thing I have ever seen on television" during an interview. pic.twitter.com/ka1lNlEf6A— Kid Phantasm (@cbbruuno) April 18, 2018
In response, Marge wrote a sweet letter to Barbara, hoping to change her mind. "I always believed in my heart that we had a great deal in common. I hope there is some way out of this controversy," Marge's letter read. Perhaps it was the simplicity of the emotion or the earnest nature of the letter but it evoked a response from Barbara.
She responded to Marge's letter, a picture of which was shared by the show's executive producer Al Jean on Twitter. Barbara's letter, loaded with self-deprecating humour, began with, "How kind of you to write. I’m glad you spoke your mind; I foolishly didn’t know you had one."
Barbara added that she was looking at a cup on which was plastered a picture of the Simpsons family. The former First Lady said Marge was a good example for the rest of the country and finished the missive with a beautiful observation on Homer.
She called him a "handsome fella." It's not known if they corresponded frequently but it did change Barbara's heart. She became a fan of the TV show but unfortunately, the same can't be said of her husband, the former US President, according to Vanity Fair.