Sunday, February 12, 2006

"Everybody's got something to hide,

except for me and my wire monkey..."

AP/Ron Edmonds

A new book of letters between presidents and wives, based on the papers of 23 presidents held by the Library of Congress, fleshes out momentous periods of history with the full range of human emotion. Barbara received a treacly note from George asking her to show more affection for the TV cameras in the 1988 campaign, like their opponents the Dukakises. 'Sweetsie,' he began. 'Please look at how Mike and Kitty do it. Try to be closer in more _ well er romantic _ on camera. I am practicing the loving look, and the creeping hand. Yours for better TV and more demonstrable affection. Your sweetie pie coo coo. 'Love 'ya GB.'

And even Bob Hope is morbidly fascinated by the emotional car wreck that is the Bushes.