Monday, April 19, 2004

I found this via TalkLeft. My wife says it's just plain creepy.
A pressing issue of dinner-party etiquette is vexing Washington, according to a story now making the D.C. rounds: How should you react when your guest, in this case national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, makes a poignant faux pas? At a recent dinner party hosted by New York Times D.C. bureau chief Philip Taubman and his wife, Times reporter Felicity Barringer, and attended by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Maureen Dowd, Steven Weisman, and Elisabeth Bumiller, Rice was reportedly overheard saying, "As I was telling my husb--" and then stopping herself abruptly, before saying, "As I was telling President Bush." Jaws dropped, but a guest says the slip by the unmarried politician, who spends weekends with the president and his wife, seemed more psychologically telling than incriminating. Nobody thinks Bush and Rice are actually an item.

It’s not unusual for male politicians to acquire a couple of hyper-devoted female aids. Think of Rosemary Woods humiliating herself in front of the cameras to explain the 18 minute gap or Fawn Hall smuggling files out of the White House in her underwear for Ollie North. I just never really pictured Condi as the type to go breathlessly panting after her alpha male. No doubt this is deeply psychologically telling to those who can read this stuff, but I agree with my wife, it's creepy.

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