On Prospective First Ladies

Via Eric Alterman at Media Matters, Karen Tumulty at Time has a long article on presidential wives, past and hopeful. On Judith Giuliani and Jeri Thompson:

Judi G:

The public displays of affection that front runner Rudolph Giuliani and wife Judith put on for Barbara Walters -- holding hands and calling each other "baby" and "sweetheart" -- only served to remind viewers that this first blush of love is also the third marriage for each, and that wife No. 3 is one of the reasons his children with wife No. 2 won't campaign for him.

...."My role is really to support my husband in the ways I have always supported him. I love to take charge of his personal health needs, make sure he's exercising, getting the right food, which is a real challenge on the campaign trail," she says.

On Jeri Thompson:

Their family portrait — a man who qualifies for Social Security with a 40-year-old blond, a toddler and a baby — is a far cry from that of Ike and Mamie. "He sadly now looks like their grandfather," says [journalist Kati]Marton.


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    Gotta love the wedding pictures - (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 04:26:50 PM EST
    every time we get Rudy Cue Ball and Judi, she's in her tiara.

    No accident, that.  Rather, a reminder....

    Thompson needs (none / 0) (#2)
    by ksh on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 04:32:38 PM EST
    Judith Guiliani...looking after his health needs.  He looks very frail and old these days.  Almost like he was told to lose weight to announce his run and went too far, too fast.

    And yikes, if you don't take my word for it (none / 0) (#3)
    by ksh on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 04:47:00 PM EST
    go look at the Thompson pic at PuffHo



    Both... (none / 0) (#5)
    by desertswine on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 05:35:10 PM EST
    Thompson and Giuliani have/had cancer. Giuliani, prostate; Thompson, lymphoma.

    And yes, I also think they both are looking old and frail. Especially in Thompson's case, you wonder about his energy levels.


    A former colleague (none / 0) (#8)
    by scribe on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:11:35 AM EST
    (then, a big-time Repug)  saw Rudy close up a while back, but post-9/11, at a funeral for a prominent Repug who was also a long-time friend of the colleague.

    Said the colleague, Rudy looked like hell - it was obvious the cancer took a real toll on him.


    It is had for us old folks to lose weight (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 05:28:30 PM EST
    and not show it. The skin loses its elasticity and doesn't shrink back as fast or as much. But he's far better off not carrying those extra pounds around the middle, and a lot more healthier..

    If you guys get lucky, you may get to find that out on your on.

    My advice. Don't let it creep up on you in the first place. Easy said and very hard to do.


    a funny interview (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by ksh on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 08:10:11 PM EST
    I heard an interview with a person over 100 and when asked if they had any advice for folks who'd like to live a happy, long life, he said: "floss!"

    Appropos of nothing, Senator Dodd's (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 07:08:22 PM EST
    is Latter Day Saints.  According to Free Republic (a usually unreliable source), she is 6 years older than Ms. Thompson.