Before there was Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak, there was Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. The late former First Ladies were anything but friends and they didn’t exactly go out of their way trying to hide how they’d rather break bread with any given dictator than each other. Barbara might be getting the last word in, though, because a new book is out about Babs, and it talks about why she thought Nancy hated her so much – including knocking her off the guest list to a dinner with Princess Diana!
People says Susan Page’s new Babs biography, The Matriarch, goes into detail about how Nancy made a point of making sure George H.W. Bush and Barbara were NOT allowed to that fancy-ass 1985 dinner for Princess Di and Prince Charles where John Travolta twirled her around the White House ballroom. I’m sure Babs got hers by calling into THE QUEEN to snitch on the trashy and tacky spectacle the Yankee First Lady was hosting for her daughter-in-law. Actually, Barbara told Susan in an interview about Nancy, “She hated us. I don’t know why, but she really hated us.”
There had been tales that Nancy even re-gifted a wreath given to her by Barbara and that the Reagans only invited the Bushes for dinner in their private residence at the White House only once or twice. The biggest snub, however, came during the Charles/Diana dinner. It was a pretty hot ticket, and protocol deemed that the Vice President and Second Lady should be there, but Nancy personally took a pen to both their names on two rounds of suggested guest lists. Damn, huss. Did she mock your acting days or something? They eventually were moved to a “suggested additions” list in later drafts because I’m sure everyone was terrified about what Nancy would do if Barbara showed up. Nancy was basically the Anna Wintour of Republican shady politics until Jeanine Pirro came and ruined it with her version of shady politics that’s mainly just screaming like a hyena. Anyway, the book goes into how people tried to get Nancy to cool it…to no avail:
“When deputy White House chief of staff Michael Deaver cautioned Nancy Reagan against excluding the vice president and his wife from the dinner, saying it would be a breach of protocol, she reportedly responded, ‘Just watch me.’”
I mean, that’s petty, but also major golf claps for a petty bitch who isn’t afraid to see her mission through, even if it means taking a giant First Lady dump on a precedent that dates back to Martha Washington! Even the late President Bush couldn’t figure out why the two women never got along, but most people think it was a mix of feeling threatened by and superior to each other. Nancy was known as a fashionable woman while Barbara seemed to exclusively dress herself at Memaws ‘R Us. Meanwhile, Nancy was kind of frigid and had children who were trainwrecks while Barbara was that fun aunt with all the dirty jokes who raised a pretty impressive family even if one took us to war and still managed to nearly kill himself on a pretzel. As for the dinner that was too exclusive for a Mayflower-lineaged person like Barbara, Susan writes Nancy stunk up the invite list with such glamorous people as Johnny Boy as well as “an astronaut, a ballerina, an artist, an architect, and the commissioner of baseball.” Damn, Nan, was this a State Dinner or your attempt at casting an early version of the Big Brother house?!