NEW ORLEANS — Vice President George Bush, in an angry and emotional retort, said Wednesday that his controversial description of his half-Mexican grandchildren as "the little brown ones" was a "comment of pride" and that any other interpretation was "personally offensive."
Bush caused a stir Tuesday when, at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station near here, he introduced to First Lady Nancy Reagan the three children of Bush's son Jeb and his Mexico-born wife, Columba.
"That's Jebby's kids from Florida," Bush said, "the little brown ones."
Asked About Remark
In a press conference Wednesday with newly announced running mate, Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle, Bush was asked whether the remark would hurt him politically among Latinos.
"Those grandchildren are my pride and joy--and when I say pride, I mean it," Bush said. "Anybody who has ever traveled with me or knows the heartbeat of the Bush family knows not only my sensitivity but my love for those children.