Carol Platt Liebau

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

In this piece in USA Today, Teresa Heinz Kerry says the following about Laura Bush:

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.

Teresa Kerry goes on to insist that she's not criticizing Laura Bush -- she's just observing.

Well. One hesitates to spend a lot of time discussing first ladies, but this comment calls for some response.

(1) Since when is being a wife, mother and First Lady of Texas not a "real job"? Does Teresa Kerry believe that a "real job" requires one to receive a paycheck? And if so, well, what "real job" has she had since she's been married? Surely she isn't paid for heading the Heinz Foundations . . . of course, we wouldn't know, because she won't release her tax records (more on that here).

(2) Once again, this comment is amazing for the lack of judgment it reflects. Given that Teresa Kerry is a billionaire, proud owner of six houses staffed by a fleet of servants, she might refrain from advertising her obvious lack of familiarity with the concept of housework. The normal American stay-at-home mom spends a lot of time cleaning up the kitchen, loading the dishwasher, doing the laundry, picking up the cleaning, etc., etc., etc. That's work, all right.

Teresa Kerry reminds me of Hillary Clinton. Remember the "I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had tea" remark? It reflects the same arrogant, ignorant, elitist attitude about the lives and activities of normal American women. Can you imagine four years of this?


Blogger Delaware Observer said...

Hello again, Carol. I might point out a couple of things to add to this post: Laura Bush actually worked as a teacher and school librarian for 9 years before marrying GWB in 1977; and Teresa Heinz (her legal name) did release her returns. They show her paying a little over 12 percent federal tax, a good bit less than the average middle class taxpayer.

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