Roger L. Simon

Some people know what "life is about"

I admit I am, at times, confused about this. Evidently Teresa Heinz Kerry is not.

Q: You’d be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don’t know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job – I mean, since she’s been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I’m older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger – because I’m older, and I’ve had different experiences. And it’s not a criticism of her. It’s just, you know, what life is about.


(As most of us know, Laura Bush, not an heiress, was a public school teacher and a librarian – with a master’s degree in library science – when she married George Bush at the age of thirty-one.)

UPDATE: La Teresa has made a lame apology for forgetting something nearly everone else in the country knew – that Laura had been a school teacher and a librarian. Is Teresa dumb or arrogant or both?

MORE: Karen Hughes has already responded to the “apology.”

AND: Best characterization of THK so far: “… she effortlessly combines Marie Antoinette with Martha Mitchell.” Occam’s Beard, in the comments.