Just three-and-a-half years ago, former Dan Quayle speech writer Lisa Shiffren wrote this in the Wall Street Journal:
I had the most astonishing thought last Thursday. After a long day of hauling the kids to playdates and ballet, I turned on the news. And there was the president, landing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, stepping out of a fighter jet in that amazing uniform, looking--how to put it?--really hot. Also presidential, of course. Not to mention credible as commander in chief. But mostly "hot," as in virile, sexy and powerful...Alexandra, an unmarried event planner in her 30s, e-mailed: "Hot? SO HOT!!!!! THAT UNIFORM!" In a more restrained way, my friend Maggie, a writer/mom, explained: "I
think he is actually protecting me and my sons, and I find that attractive in a man." Suzi, who did her mom time and now writes biographies, also began with restraint. I asked, casually, what she
thought about President Bush. She answered, carefully, "He's so confident. He is a very credible, trustworthy leader." "Yeah," I pursue, "but do you think he's sexy?" "Oh God, yes," she said. "I mean, that swagger. George Bush in a pair of jeans is a treat to watch." This from a soft-spoken woman inclined to intellectual pursuits.
I wonder how many women are dreaming of W these days?
UPDATE: It occurs to me after re-reading the excerpt above that President Bush didn't arrive aboard the Lincoln in a "fighter jet," at least as "fighter jet" is usually defined. He arrived in an S3B Viking, a subsonic jet used primarily for anti-submarine warfare rather than air-to-air combat. Yet another symptom of the gasping adoration of President Bush, that the plane he co-piloted morphed, in the public imagination, into a fighter.
Congressman William Jefferson -- the Louisiana Democrat with all the cold cash in his freezer -- is in a runoff election for the House seat he currently occupies. In the annals of political low-balling, Jefferson has surely moved the bar down a few notches. His main claim to public office: He's "never taken a bribe from anyone."
Even if it were true -- and that refrigerated 90 grand and a lot of FBI videotape says otherwise -- it's probably not all that great a value proposition for a politician -- even a Louisiana politician -- to bank his political future on.
Jefferson is expected to lose the upcoming runoff election, and soon after that will be indicted on bribery charges.
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From Winewaves, a review of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc:
Color: Pale straw, slightly greenish. Aromas: Abundant tropical passionfruit with green celery, lemon and starfruit. On the tongue, the body is light, tart approaching shrill, and there's plenty of grapefruit, green apple and gooseberry flavors that finish crisp and very dry.
From the standpoint of Winewaves' target market: Exactly what percentage of the population at large is familiar with the flavors of passionfruit and starfruit and gooseberry, and is thus capable of formulating an idea of what this wine tastes like? Is this review aimed at, say, 11 people worldwide?
Also, "shrill" is a characteristic of sound. Is Winewaves telling us he could hear this wine?
Oh, and just in case my snottiness confused you, in a world of bad wineblogs Winewaves is really pretty good. It specializes in high-value wines and it's based in Nashville, just down the road from Kentucky.
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Michael Richards' publicist, already busy explaining the formerly beloved actor's N-word stand-up tirade, now has had to explain Richard's previous butt-covering claim that he is Jewish.
Last week, crisis-management expert Howard Rubenstein acknowledged that Richards had shouted anti-Semitic remarks in an April stand-up comedy routine — well before his appearance earlier this month in which he harangued hecklers with the n-word. But he defended Richards’ language about Jews, saying that the comic “is Jewish. He’s not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing.”
As Rubenstein’s assertion circulated, Jewish organizations and
commentators pointed out that the man who played Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld” has not converted to Judaism and neither of his parents are Jewish.
Richards' explanation for his claim of Jewishness seems based on something only slightly more substantial than an appreciation of good corned beef.
“He said there were two mentors who raised him and who had a big
influence on his life, and they were Jewish. He said, ‘I agree with the
concepts and the religious beliefs of Judaism and I’ve adopted Judaism
as my religion,”’ Rubenstein said. “He really thinks of himself as
I, personally, am Lutheran, and I do not think highly of people who claim to be Lutherans but don't come to the pot lucks -- though, to be honest, I've never known anyone to claim to be a Lutheran who wasn't. Still, I understand the befuddlement of real, certified Jews who think Richards might just be a self-serving twit trying to play them for fools:
“You can’t feel Jewish. It’s not a matter of feeling. You can convert
to Judaism. You can’t not convert to Judaism and then be Jewish,” said
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in
At least, when the racist stand-up act came to light, Richards didn't claim to be black. Let's give him credit for that.