April 22, 2004


Currently zooming around the web: the shocking secret marriage of George W. Bush and Condi Rice!

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. A National Security Council spokesman laughed and said, “No comment.”

Dowd was there. She’ll clear this up.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 22, 2004 02:07 PM

Yeah, right. This story rivals Michael Moore for title of 'largest tub of shit in human history'.

Posted by: David Gillies at April 22, 2004 at 03:34 PM

Lets face it if there is the even slightest remotest possiblity that they are an item, it would increase his prestige rather than tarnish it. Curse you Bush for hogging Condi on the weekends! You lucky SOB!

Posted by: Rob at April 22, 2004 at 03:44 PM

I'd betcha two beers (none of this Bud crap either) that that "my husband" line is a comedy routine in the Bush-Rice household. Condi Rice is almost always where GWB is, and I'd bet the beer that the "my husband" line can be laid to either GWB, Laura, or Condi. That's a WH with a wild sense of humor, one of them had to have got that particular gag running.

I like Condi and Laura, so I won't curse either for hogging GWB. Damn! that's a fine man!!

Posted by: Helen at April 22, 2004 at 07:13 PM

Ah, here's the proof I forgot to include: " A National Security Council spokesman laughed and said, “No comment.”" Running WH gag goes public.

Posted by: Helen at April 22, 2004 at 07:16 PM

heh, i'm sure it originated in an off the cuff "i spend more time with condi than i do with laura" comment by gwb. fine women, both of 'em. actually, now that the caffeine is creeping into my brain, my money says it originated when bush and condi snuck out of the ranch for the trip to iraq. wasn't he quoted in the press saying something about how they looked like 'any normal couple', which is why the press didn't notice them drive out?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at April 22, 2004 at 10:03 PM

Freudian slip! Freudian slip!

I feel for Condi. Once or twice at school I called my teacher 'Mum' (easy thing to do in my last two years at boarding school, where we referred to all the female teachers as 'ma'am'), and it's mortifying.

Posted by: TimT at April 22, 2004 at 10:18 PM

Maybe he's Muslim. Or a Mormon. Or Tibetan.

Posted by: Andjam at April 23, 2004 at 12:49 AM

TimT, been there, and the word mortitying hardly does it justice!

It strikes me as a fairly unlikely scenario that someone with a steel trap type of mind that was capable of wiping the floor with a panel full of 9/11 commissioners, would make such a two worded slip in front of possibly the worst group of people to do so.

Posted by: Michael at April 23, 2004 at 01:45 AM

Everyone gets tired.

Posted by: rabidfox at April 23, 2004 at 02:47 AM

Lucky SOB!

Posted by: Nico at April 23, 2004 at 03:15 AM

Mormons do not practice polygamy. Check your facts.

Posted by: Heidi at April 23, 2004 at 07:42 AM

And Methodists certainly don't.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 23, 2004 at 11:37 AM

Mormons do not practice polygamy. Check your facts.

Do you wish to check your facts?

Posted by: Andjam at April 24, 2004 at 02:15 AM