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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