Former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, wasn’t a fan of “The Simpsons” when the animated show first went on the air back in 1989, but a letter to Bush from Marge Simpson helped change her mind, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
In an interview at the time, Bush called the show “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen” — after her husband, President George H.W. Bush, had already let it be known that he didn’t like the show.
“However, it seems a letter sent to the first lady from Marge Simpson made the former see the cartoon family in a different light,” THR reports. “In the letter, Marge told Bush she was ‘deeply hurt’ by the criticism of her family.”
Marge Simpson is quoted saying in the letter: “I always believed in my heart that we had a great deal in common. I hope there is some way out of this controversy.”
“The Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean revealed Tuesday that the first lady wrote back, opening her letter with: “How kind of you to write. I am glad you spoke your mind; I foolishly didn’t know you had one.”
Bush also wrote, “Please forgive a loose tongue,” and added in a P.S.: “Homer looks like a handsome fella!”