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(the other kev)According to the article, Bush was complimenting Bruni on her brains.Now, if the last guy who had been in White House had said the same thing . . .
Ann Althouse: Is it okay for him to say that?What are they going to do? Impeach him?
Of course it's okay. As okay as someone saying to you of your former husband: "He's a smart interesting guy, full of wisdom. Plus he's not bad looking -- the two of you probably produced handsome sons. I can see why you married him." Is that offensive?
He means she's good looking and not obviously a shrew.
What would not be okay is what I've had to bite my tongue from asking both my brother and my sister on various occasions: This is who you married? Why?
It's okay, because Hillary Clinton can't be the Dem nominee. If she was the nominee, Bush would be attacked for taking a subtle dig at her face/age/lack of femininity.Since Obama is the nominee, people should realize it's a very ordinary compliment.
you know mom here at the house where i liveis french and smart and capableand according to dad pretty hot tooshe is also a sloppy cook which is where i come inbut being french with the usual attitudeshe really hates zat fasceest sarkoalmost as much as she hates ce cochon booshshe loves obama mostly because he's cutebeing french she reads le monde and thinksobama is a lightweightbut tres cheranyway i found her watching obama on tv the other dayshe thought she was alone but of course nobody notices little mewhich is exactly the way i like it especially in the kitchenas i was saying she was sitting on the couchwatching obama on tv with her right handdown her pants idly pleasuring herselfi tell you it's all over with pepere mccainonce you get hotness mixed with politicslook at bill clinton, who has ceased to be hotbut you may remember his former sex appealeven dad here at the house who is the usual cambridge democratsays he would vote for condeleeza ricehe maintains it's because she is so smart and accomplishedand wouldn't make the same mistakes boosh hasof course he would say thatbut between you and me it's really because of general hotnessand that tight leather outfit oohnot to mention the nickel you could bounce off her assoh for the days of lumpy old men in suits who ran thingswhen you didn't have people masturbating aboutthe secretary of stateor the cute young democrat guy for presidentnot to mention the current prez droolingover euro political wives who used to be invisibleand at least as long suffering as hillary
If not, it's mostly because he used that unfortunate Americanism that makes the verb "see" interchangeable for "understand". Although I'm probably one of the few who don't think Bush is inherently evil, it would be nice to have a president who took more care with his words.
If he was at that moment looking at this picture from the April '08 GQ, then not OK, otherwise, no problem.And her latest album is easily the best album ever recorded by the spouse of a sitting head of state of a G8 country.(beats that album Eleanor Roosevelt cut back during WWII by a mile . . .)Also it would have been inappropriate if Pres. Bush turned out to have been the high bidder for that recently auctioned photo of her (image at link artistically NSFW, but perfectly safe for the Telegraph)
oo la lathat's a far cry from madame mitterandnow if condi rice would only do some similar photosdad would be in heavenmom being less visually orientedis content if obama continues to whisper sweet nothingsin our ears
Wait a minute. Is the nitpicking really starting to begin now?
At least he didn't say, "Are your wife hot?"
Sure, unless he was staring at her bodacious ta-tas.
Is it okay for him to say that?Sure, why not?The times I've heard men say something like that, they've been talking about the woman's mind. No one says, "I can see why you married her" on the basis of looks; in a purely looks context, they only say some version of "I can see why you slept with her."
I liked President Reagan's comment much better. As related by Brian Mulroney at Reagan's funeralWhen their car drove in a moment later, out stepped Nancy and Mila [Mulroney]--looking like a million bucks. As they headed towards us, President Reagan beamed, threw his arm around my shoulder and said with a grin: "You know, Brian, for two Irishmen we sure married up."At the extreme other end of the scale we have President Clinton's comment about a female Peruvian mummy..... Boy, he sure could pick'em.
Yes, she's hot and you know people are thinking it. So why not say it? I'm not a huge GWB fan, but this is absolutely his best side. It would be even better if he were like "Hmm.. I'd knock the bottom of that." But I guess a President can't be that straightforward.
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