Palin, stay in Alaska - Barbara Bush
Washington - Feisty former first lady Barbara Bush said in an interview airing this week that Republican favourite Sarah Palin, who has hinted at having White House ambitions, should instead stay in her remote wilderness state of Alaska.
Speaking to CNN television alongside her husband ex-president George HW Bush, the former first lady offered a backhanded compliment to Palin, before delivering her zinger.
"I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful. And she's very happy in Alaska - I hope she'll stay there," said the former first lady, who is known for her quick wit and her tart tongue.
Bush, 85, has spent a great deal of time in the White House, first as the wife, and later as the mother, of the US president.
Her son, George W Bush, left the office in January 2009, after serving two terms.
The former first lady's view mirrors that of many in the US Republican establishment, which has watched with dismay as Palin and her fellow insurgents from the Tea Party movement became increasingly powerful players on the US political landscape.
The group, which has vowed to shake up the Republic Party from within, met resounding success in this month's midterm elections, with several Tea Party-backed politicians winning election to the US Congress.
Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in the last presidential election, frequently has hinted that she would run for the top White House job.
Most recently, the former Alaska governor told ABC News she was seriously considering running for the Republican Party presidential nomination in the next elections.
"I'm looking at the lay of the land now," Palin said, adding that she even believed that she has a good shot of beating Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama if he stands for re-election.