Does Lauren Bush Really Want To Change Her Name?
12/15/2010 - 14:42

 Yet another presidential heiress is marrying Jewish.

Less than six months after Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky went under the chuppah,  Lauren Bush, granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush's granddaughter and niece of former President George W. Bush, has announced her engagement to David Lauren, son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren (ne Ralph Reuben Lifschitz).

As we all know, in the months leading up to the Clinton-Mezvinsky nuptials, there was endless discussion as to whether the bride would convert (no), whether they would have a Jewish ceremony (a rabbi and minister co-officiated) and whether they would raise future children as Jews (still TBD). But no one considered that Clinton might change her name, which she didn't.

This time around, Lauren Bush has already announced she plans to become Lauren Lauren. How ridiculous does that sound? I think she should make a feminist statement and keep her name, like yours truly. Although if she wants to distance herself from the Bush clan (something I could certainly understand, especially now that she is canoodling with Jews), she and David could get all ethnic and reclaim Lifschitz. 

Yes, I know there are Jewish Republicans and, for all I know, the Laurens might even give money to Sarah Palin. 

As with Clinton-Mezvinsky, it will be interesting to see what/if any Jewish choices they make. Although I cannot imagine Barbara Bush (the former first lady, not the former first daughter) will allow anyone to hold her aloft on a chair at the wedding.

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Julie: Not sure if you saw what Prof. Jenna Weissman Joselit wrote about David Lauren and Lauren Bush at the Forward: Tied in Knots By Jenna Weissman Joselit The recent announcement of the impending nuptials of David Lauren, son of the celebrated fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and Lauren Bush, George W’s niece — and, I hasten to add, a former Princeton student of mine — has set tongues wagging. Following on the heels of a slew of highly placed mixed marriages, this one appears to seal the deal: Intermarriage has become de rigueur. At the turn of the last century, mixed marriages, especially those that crossed social as well as religious lines, also fanned the fires of the nation’s gossip sheets. One of the most infamous, even downright scandalous, of the lot took place between Rose Pastor, a recently arrived East European Jewish immigrant, and James Graham Phelps Stokes, a true-blue American, if ever there was one. The New York Times, for its part, considered their engagement front page news. “J.G. Phelps Stokes to Wed Young Jewess,” a banner headline declared in April 1905. There was “nothing but the utmost cordiality and delight” between the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom, the paper purred. A far more dubious American Jewish press took a different tack. “Let Jewish girls beware, and not permit themselves to be dazzled,” cautioned the Hebrew Standard. Intermarriages were not likely to last, it allowed, noting that “differences of temperament, of training and of surroundings are more powerful than the arrows with which Cupid has pierced the hearts of men and women.” With Cupid and the force of love squaring off against tradition and the force of history, it’s no wonder that mixed marriages — then, as now — tie us in knots. Read more:
This article is moot since Davd Lauren is not Jewish. His mother is a gentile and he was brought up Christian. You are getting more ridicoulous Julie! Here's an excerpt of the whole article. And this who we want to wecome, 'rabbi' Olitsky? ...", President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush. Throughout the Bush family's decades of public life, the American press has gone out of its way to overlook one historical fact - that through Union Banking Corporation (UBC), Prescott Bush, and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, along with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, financed Adolf Hitler before and during World War II. It was first reported in 1994 by John Loftus and Mark Aarons in The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People."
Ah, the celebrity exception once again. The community will run to accept her--as it should-but now it is time to run and accept the others who have intermarried into the community, as well, regardless of what name they choose.

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