Politics Ladies First
posted by June 19 at 10:39 AMon
[It’s Mark Mitchell is your new guest Slogger. I know you’ll make him feel welcome.]
I wasn’t old enough to appreciate Jacqueline Kennedy before she became the Jackie Oh! of my soon-to-be misspent youth. I do remember the Mrs. Onassis years as deeply glam—nude sunbathing, the Christina, sister Lee the Polish Princess by her side. Even at 10 I wondered how often Jackie had to actually do the trollionaire. Rona Barrett fed my taste for the sordid. (Notice Ari’s cowboy boots. He wanted the height).
I barely remember Pat Nixon, vague and ladylike, but that mighty wave of teased hair is burned onto my retinas. My Aunt Zoo Zoo had hair like that. She’d have it set once a week at the beauty parlor, and it was always lacquered stiff, but strangely flexible, like spun fiberglass.
There’s a great story about Betty Ford, drunk before some grand state dinner, sitting quietly on the side of her bed, but too swacked on hooch and goofballs to put on her little evening slippers. Here with Hirohito she looks totally blissed out. Can’t tell if she’s wearing shoes or not.
Rosalyn Carter was like my mother, down to earth and country. Rosalyn favored Simplicity patterns. I suspect she hand-stitched this joint herself.
Then along came Nancy, she-beast of the 1980s.
I hated this woman with a fiery passion throughout her and her Depend-able husband’s reign of terror. I would wrack my filthy imagination to come up with the most appalling imaginary tortures for her. For me, she was the Marie Antoinette of all that was callous and entitled, as it seemed like everyone I knew was, or soon would be, sick or dying. She wore Adolfo’s big, ugly copies of Chanel suits in hideous red tweeds with giant gold buttons. Big gold chains. Witch.
Barbara Bush has had (at least!) two Presidents of the United States of America inside her vagina. Still, she strikes me as nothing more than a spoiled rhinoceros in a powdered wig.
Of Hillary, I cannot speak today.
But Michelle Obama is everything amazing and strong.