Me and Teresa

I thought I was in pretty good shape and all, from years of running road races and marathons, but nothing prepared me for the endurance sport known as “Waiting on Line for More Than Two Hours to Get a Damn Book Signed.”

Of course, it didn’t help that I was wearing three-inch white wedge sandals instead of my more comfortable running shoes. But, I wanted to look my best, as I was meeting Teresa Giudice from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She and her husband, Joe, were making an appearance at Di Paolo’s Bakery in Verona and Teresa was signing copies of her latest Italian cookbook, Fabulicious (2011: Running Press. $20).

Granted, I am more of a fan of The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Since it never seems to rain — or snow for that matter –in southern California, these shows always get me through the cold and dreary New Jersey winters. I salivate over the gorgeous summer clothes, the perfect mani/pedis, the palm trees, the fantastic beaches, the spectacular mansions, the yachts. And frizzy hair has never been spotted in southern California. There are rumors that it’s banned there, but that has never been actually proven.

The real irony here is that I offered to stand on line to get the quintessential New Jersey Housewife’s autograph for a friend who lives in California. She happens to LOVE the table-turning Teresa Giudice and, in her own words, likens her to a character from a John Waters film. She cannot stop thanking me for getting her a signed copy of Teresa’s book. This could come in handy when I need a California-related favor someday.

As cookbooks go, the book is beautifully done. The chapter names are cute: “A Ph.D. in Pasta,” “We Do It My Way,” and “Growing up Giudice.” The recipes are interspersed with photos of Teresa, her husband, four daughters, parents, and in-laws. Some of the photos are tacky (such as the one of Teresa applying her makeup) but the family snapshots are candid and a nice touch. The recipes looks delightful, too: “Love Me Tender Eggplant Caponata,” “Roasted Asparagus Alla Parmigiana,” and “Holy Cannoli Cupcakes.” (More on them later).

The crowd, not surprisingly, was mostly women but what DID surprise me is that it was a mixed bag of not only middle-aged housewives and grandmas but lots of younger, high school and college-age gals. I didn’t think this show was that popular with the younger crowd, but there they were in their short-shorts and minis and their heavily-lined eyes, trying to out-Giudice Teresa.

Everyone who braved waiting in line got an adorable little pink box with two Holy Cannoli cupcakes inside. Normally, something called a Holy Cannoli would not be found in my food vocabulary, but I was so famished since I didn’t have time for dinner that I just had to polish one off. I was not disappointed. I had to exercise some self-control not to devour the other one, which I was saving for my husband.

I got to meet Teresa, got my book signed, got my Holy Cannoli cupcakes, so what’s my beef? I guess I’ve been a little out of the loop when it comes to book signings. The last book signing I attended was for punk musician Johnny Rotten at a Barnes & Noble in the West Village during the 1980s. I forgot how long I wanted in line for that one, but I was in my 20s and my feet were a lot younger. Plus there were a lot of really cute punker guys on line to help me pass the time.

The Giudice book signing was advertised from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 27. One of the owners of the bakery told me that two elderly women actually showed up at 2:30! I asked him what they did for 3-1/2 hours and he said they just hung out and drank coffee and ate cake. It must be nice to have that much leisure time.

I got there at 6:15 and the line was already snaked around corner for about half a mile. Time I actually got inside? 9 PM! From what I observed, they were only letting about three to four people inside at a time. If you’ve ever been to Di Paulo’s, you know that it’s not a very big place. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great bakery. My husband and I stop there often after our long runs for coffee and they made our gorgeous wedding cake. But as a venue for a celebrity book signing? No way. The organizers really should have picked a larger location such as Calandra’s in Caldwell.

And once they herded everyone inside, they should have managed the crowd a bit better. I understand that everyone and their grandma wanted to stop and have a lengthy chat with Teresa but it’s impossible to do that in a venue like this. It’s not a private luncheon with Teresa. There were hundreds of people waiting to get inside, get their autograph and photo, and go home.

So my take on book signings in general is:

1. Wear comfortable shoes. Unless you don’t have a life and can get there 3 hours in advance.
2. Bring cash. Checks are frowned upon, even if you live in-state.
3. Bring lots of patience, you will need it.
4. Bring something to eat and drink.
5. Make friends with the people on line. Who do you think is going to take your photo or hold your place in line if you have to run to the bathroom?
6. Learn where the bathrooms are.
7. If you’re an author who’s a rising star, it helps to have your own reality show if you want to draw the crowds.

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84 COMMENTS

  1. She was in the pool at The Sea Shell on LBI yesterday for hours with the girls. No line to meet her.

  2. Most of those people on line were led to believe there was a soup kitchen at the end.
    NJ and you….Jobless together!

  3. “Dumbing down”? Please.

    Have you not been paying attention to America? Slavery, Howdy Doody, Pat Boone, The Pet Rock, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Shawn Cassidy, ………

    But it’s The Real Wives of NJ that has dumbed us down?

    Were we riding high with Pauly Shore?

    I don’t think so. Theresa is in a long line of folks cashing in on celebrity. God Bless her.

  4. bravo, prof, for some much needed perspective here.

    i would add to your list the New Rejection Of Science that is at work today—a trend far more horrifying than anything on tv…

  5. Bebop: Everyone should have a guilty pleasure that’s not fattening, immoral or illegal. If you don’t, I feel sorry for you. Teresa Giudice is a welcome relief from some of the things going on in the “real” world. We have a government that can’t balance its checkbook. Talk about dumbing down!

  6. I would not stand in a line to get anyone’s signature. What does one do, with it, once they have it ? Perhaps a few former Presidents, here & there, but probably not, if the line had more than 20 people ahead of me.
    Somewhere in the house I have Lee Iacocca’s signature. I have not looked at it in 20-some years. Maybe I could sell it ? ? What’s it worth ? ?

  7. I admit I watch the show and enjoy the women. But only because I have a friend of a friend who’s aunt’s friend knows the woman who wore the white dress at the Christmas party.

  8. PAZ,

    From up here, yes. You are correct. Things are nice.

    But I certainly can empathize with you little people and all your “worries.”

    Which is why I find Theresa such an inspiring figure in contemporary pop-culture. She lost everything (by her own doing) and didn’t cry (well, she had on waterproof mascarra), didn’t wait for the G’ment to help (bankruptcy is a great American tradition), no. She got out there and SHOOK HER MONEYMAKER, which for her was writing a cookbook.

    And really, who would have EVER thought she’d be a successful writer?

    Gotta Love America and those with that “up from bootstraps” mentality. In that she’s like Grechen (OC), NeNe (ATL), or Bethenny (NY).

  9. Prof….It’s good to be on surreality TV to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get you a bookdeal! The average Joe’s goin’ down like a brokeback clown. You have that Teaparty mist in front of your eyes….Oolong unentitlement tea…Sweetdank for the Little muddled class.

  10. You’re so cute. Tea Party? Hardly, though it’s hard to be “against” running up HUGE debts and deficits.

    Sure I’d rather cut, than “tax the rich,” which always seems to include those making WAY under a million dollars. Here in NJ, it’s possible for a teacher and cop to make more than 200K (250K with some overtime). I don’t think they should have their taxes raised because living in NJ is expensive. So while 200K may seem like a lot, if you live in some places it just middle class (in others, you’re Bill Gates).

    I always thought that these tax rates should be pegged with “community cost,” so someone living in NYC making 100k is treated differently- tax wise- than someone living in Louisville.

    Won’t happen. So…. I’d rather not see a tax increase, because it always ends up sliding further down the scale to folks it was never intended to hit– (SEE: the AMT!!!)

    With that, I LOVE that the tea party is saying NO to taxes. We need to begin to live within our means. (I just wish they knew how to accept victory, be gracious and shut up!)

    BUT how’s all that stimulus working’ for us? For each trillion spend, they could have given EVERY American about $3300. For each tax payer (about 150 million), that’s $6600.

    Seems to me a better plan would have involved some direct payments to folks… (I’ll leave out all the cash we funneled through AIG that went to GS and European banks….).

    Dumb arguments aside, the prof sees no joy in ANY of this. I much prefer a happy and prosperous USA!

    Gotta go smoke some ribs…..

  11. Yes Prof!….Let’s all keep worrying about those tax increases. Who gives a crap about job creation. Less manufacturing, more off shoring. Let’s extend Corporate welfare because they’ll bring the jobs back home…..Phooey!
    The damage has been done. Tighten your belt, stare out to the horizon waiting for some kind of leadership to clean up this mess while your financial advisor pours your money into BRIC funds. I wish I had a “rib to smoke” right now….Sweetdank for the Caloric Class!

  12. “Dumb arguments aside, the prof sees no joy in ANY of this. I much prefer a happy and prosperous USA!”

    Tax cuts have never led to prosperity, quite the opposite. Notice how well those tax cuts have worked out for us in the past decade? Why doesn’t anyone so concerned about debt EVER consider bringing home the troops and letting the tax cuts expire? What we’re doing in Afghanistan is such a great disservice to our troops and their families. If there were a draft we’d have been out of there a long time ago. So when people say the government needs to live within it’s means – does that mean getting rid of the military? Or getting rid of subsidies for businesses with record profits every quarter? FYI, “job creators” don’t hire when they have more cash, they hire when the demand for whatever goods or services they create exceeds what they can output with the work force that’s in place. Simplistic version, yes, but whenever we have a middle class and working class with enough discretionary income, that purchasing power fuels the economy. We were prosperous in the 90’s – on the heels of daddy Bush’s tax increase.

  13. I was much better off in the 90s, financially. My buck went a little farther. I didn’t have as many friends and family members out of work. It didn’t take more than a year to find a job (and those are the lucky ones). Less jobs were being outsourced overseas.

  14. Martta — in between Johnny Rotten and Teresa, you came to at least one book signing of mine!

  15. anonymous posters of Baristanet. Who are they really??

    Yeah, you might get three or four people to that one, and that’s counting the anonymous posters themselves.

  16. (7 hours of smoke= DEE-LISH-US Ribs…)

    We were better off in the 90’s because of the “peace dividend.” Don’t kid yourself. Oh yea. And remember that the 90’s had the tech bubble (pets.com?) — so all this “wasn’t the 90’s great” stuff suffers from a bit of revision. Things were great, no doubt. But the storm clouds were gathering.

    Oh, and PAZ. A simple question: how does one create a job? Deb knows: a great idea, good execution, drive and vision. Not things usually found in Gov. programs.

    A trillion dollars spend, and we’ve created how many jobs? Jobs (real ones, that last?) are not created by Gov. spending. In fact much of the Gov. spending went to States. It’s gonna be gone in the next few months/years, so we gotta lot more hardship coming.

    Face it, Obama- I know he didn’t ask for this, it was Bush’s fault, bankers cheated us all…. etc. – has shown NO leadership. I happily voted for him believing all that Hopey/Changey stuff and yet the tone in Washington and in America is worse since he arrived- imagine that. Worse!

    Understand, I’d feel better if HE seemed to be in control and leading. But he isn’t. And his last few (terrible) speeches/new conferences showed him looking very desperate and in the fray. Far from the “adult” in the room. AND he got played during this debt negotiation.

    Face it: He has “NO HAND”!

    New Jersey Girl Peggy Noonan said it best:

    Obama “is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.”

  17. so Jersey gurl…u think times are better in eras of higher taxation and more business regulation? How does stifling R&D and creativity lead to the betterment of people?

    I totally agree about removing the troops from the 2 old wars that aren’t doing anything postive for us. In the meantime do you agree we need to disband the Depts of Energy and and Education as neither have done a thing toward bettering either initiative. Does anyone really think that if we stopped funding the Dept of Energy or Education that anyone would notice?

  18. Is it me, or did Teresa look much sexier when she was glowing pregnant and all curves? This picture has me longing for her Raphaelian voluptuousness.

  19. This feeling will probably pass, but right now the sight of any Washington policitian–Boehner, Reid, Obama, the lot of them–makes me want to puke. Sorry, that’s not a very good image to start the week off with, but what can I say, I’m just being real.

  20. Right on walleroo, we are screwed. I don’t even want to imagine what this next POTUS election will be like.
    and Professor Bootstraps…”Deb knows: a great idea, good execution, drive and vision. Not things usually found in Gov. programs.” Some people might not have the aptitude or the “Vision” as you or Deb.” What do we do? Throw them under a bus? AND better yet…Where’s the revenue? Show me the revenue!

    Speaking of Ribs….We had some great one’s last night at a party where Chef Jesse Jones was cooking up a storm.
    https://chefjessejones.org/

  21. I hear ya, Walleroo. Reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon I saw as a kid. It was a picture of a gas station that advertised Regular, Premium and Hi-Test gasoline but the drawing illusteated that they all came from the same tank. That is how I feel about Republicans and Democrats these days: They all come from the same tank, they are all in bed with one another. There are no “new” ideas…certainly no creative ideas to get us out of this mess.

  22. Oh please! Peggy Noonan! Give me Peter Noonan anyday over that sanctimonious “wordsmith”.

    I’m very disappointed in Obama on a number of fronts, but I certainly see no one in the GOP field who looks better. As for whether Obama is a “loser” well, if rising out of a perilious childhood and graduating from Harvard Law School, making tons of cash and being elected the POTUS makes one a “loser”, we need to redefine the word.

  23. Right, crop. We’re talking about his personal accomplishments…. Obviously, she (and I) are talking about Obama as President.

    But by your definition, I guess he can do ANYTHING and still be “winning”? And really, is simply rising out of a “perilous” childhood (many folks were raised by single-moms who were NOT Ph.D’s), making money (?) and being elected POTUS (one has to run to win it, so since very few have actually run, I’ll leave this alone) the only criteria for NOT being a loser then we’re all winners!!!!

    @PAZ: So the Gov will provide each with a vision or “aptitude” to succeed? Hate to tell you, but if one waits for that, they’re gonna die waiting….

  24. I don’t know what YOU are talking about is using the word “loser”, if indeed it is a characterization of his presidency rather than his personal accomplishments, but I’m pretty sure that I know what Noonan and her ilk are talking about in using the word — and it sure as you know what IS personal. And yes, he is a “winner” regardless of what he does. Not that these absurd “winner”, “loser” characterizations mean anything to me. I detest their usage in this context, and look on those who throw them around as lightweights.

    And what, exactly, do all of those “other people” who were raised by single moms have to do with anything? Has someone suggested that they are “losers” because they weren’t elected president? Where was that stated?

    ANYONE who comes out of a perilious childhood to become a successful, productive and decent adult is a “winner” in my book. Maybe your book is different. I KNOW that Noonan’s is.

  25. A trillion dollars spend, and we’ve created how many jobs? Jobs (real ones, that last?) are not created by Gov. spending

    This is a lie. Just because its been repeated ad nauseam on Hack News doesn’t make it true.

    The CBO estimates that there are 2.5 to 5 million more jobs than there would be if we didn’t spend the stimulus. The largest boom this country ever saw occurred in the years after World War II, driven by government deficit spending.

    The other lie that you continually hear is that cutting taxes leads to higher revenue. Well, we’ve had 10 years of the lowest taxes in 50 years, how’s that working out?

  26. Prof,

    I really think you’re being a bit unfair.

    England Dan & John Ford Coley aren’t really my cup of tea, but they don’t belong on a list with Shawn Cassidy…

  27. “England Dan & John Ford Coley aren’t really my cup of tea..”

    Great. Now I have THAT song running through my head. I hated it then, and I hate it now.

  28. “The largest boom this country ever saw occurred in the years after World War II, driven by government deficit spending.”

    Boom Time!

  29. Prof, Ralph Kramden just got laid off. He wants you to call him at
    Bensonhurst 0-7741 if Alice answers….hang up.

  30. Thank you, cro. The link didn’t work (I love you anyway) but I managed to find the Noonan col. What’s more I read it to the bitter end, purely, I might add, out of respect for you. It was a far worse experience even than eating my mothers’s soggy broccoli (may she rest in peace). This line almost stopped me —

    The fact is, he’s good at dismantling. He’s good at critiquing. He’s good at not being the last guy, the one you didn’t like. But he’s not good at building, creating, calling into being.

    This from a Republican about a president who follows W? I read on, though, cro, out of respect for you.

    Noonan is very skilled. The essay was creepy, made my skin crawl. It had a tone of “the other.” Disturbing.

  31. asymptote

    Oh my goodness, ROQ, I saw that second graph–the one “nobody sees,” on debt ceiling as a proportion of GDP. The run-up in the ceiling corresponds precisely with the economic crisis of the past few years. What this means is as obvious as the wart on Peggy Noonan’s soul:

    It’s all Obama’s fault!

  32. Its all part of the narrative, ‘roo. And the particulars shift while the mantra remains the same.

    First, Obama is an empty suit who has bewitched naive voters into supporting him. “Obama Zombies”, and all of that.

    Then, Obama has fooled folks into thinking he has gravitas when in fact they really just like him or even love him, and are blind to his lack of substance. You’ve heard it — Chris Matthews says he gets a chill up his leg, the “elite liberal mainstream media” loves him, etc. etc.

    Now, no one really loves him at all. All of those libs at the NYT and MSNBC, etc. really don’t like him. The millions who came out to support him don’t love him like, oh you know, W. was loved.

    As I wrote earlier, I am very disappointed by much of what Obama has done and even more with what he HASN’T done, but to suggest that he does not have real support is ridiculous. Yet it is par for the course for a hack like Noonan. The only positive to be offered for reading Peggy rather than listening to her is being spared that pretentious, condescending delivery.

    http://www.youtbe.com/watch?v=Fw4TfcOD-UA

    Be warned! Its best to have an air sickness bag close to hand when she goes off about grace and decency to one another.

  33. There I sat, croi, with my barf bag ready but instead of hurling, I clicked on that link and won an iPad 2. Thanks!

    (Spot on with your post, btw.)

  34. I’m used to politicos and pundits dissembling, cro, that doesn’t bother me so much. What bothers me about Noonan’s essay and the greater narrative of which it seems to be such an exemplary part, is the echoes of this ancient fear of blacks, which I thought we had left behind generations ago. That’s what creeps me out. If anyone has pulled all these threads together in an essay, I would appreciate hearing about it.

    And now I must get busy doing something other than, thankfully, writing about national politics in America.

  35. Funny how the debt ceiling was never an issue in the half dozen times it was voted to be raised when W was in office.

    Oh right – the junkie son of a drug smuggling traitor is a winner and the hard working guy who decided to try and clean up his mess is a loser. History has such a fickle memory.

  36. “I just heard a horse whinny.” Nancy Pelosi?

    Seriously, I agree. As I mentioned before, I feel as if I am worse off today than 5 years ago (financially) and I wish I could be optimistic and say that I see a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. But all I see are false prophets (profits?)

  37. Walleroo (and others who seem to have taken offense at Noonan’s column, but surely would not at something similar written about Bush), check out Fouad Ajami’s own last column in the WSJ about Obama. Though you may accuse Noonan of partisanship (about which I’d say “so what?”), you cannot make a similar accusation about Ajami, and his indictment of certain aspects of the Obama presidency is near-chilling.

    I await stout defenses of Obama as the time for a genuine, overt re-election campaign nears. But so far, just as Getrude Stein supposedly said about Oakland, there is very little “there” in his accomplishments to date. Nor is Peggy Noonan at all a hack. (That term might be more logically applied to someone like Joe Biden, who has actually never held a “real” job post law school other than politician, has been caught in rather extensive plagiarism at least twice, has a history of popoff-type remarks of stunning dumbness and just yesterday made that shameful comment that Republicans “acted like terrorists.”

    This may impress croiagusanam (and, sadly, apparently walleroo, whom I thought at heart was better than this). Those who expect more nuanced arguments will not be impressed, however. I was also surprised that croiagusanam also used the word “perilious” without either putting quotes around it or a “sic” after it. Ah well, let’s just chalk it up to tainted lemonade.

    Some might also view “Frau Blucher’s” comments about Michele Bachmann to be clearly sexist in intent.

  38. there is very little “there” in his accomplishments to date.

    Aside from: repealing DADT; healthcare reform; financial regulatory reform; student-loan reform; his DOJ’s decision on defending portions of DOMA; tax cuts (which you guys usually like, right, but just not from Democrats).

    And, since you offered the comparison, what had Bush done at this point? Hid under his bed until 9/11 was over, and then invaded two countries that had nothing to do with it. Fab.

    I have plenty of problems with Obama, but to say he hasn’t done anything is patently ridiculous. Just because you don’t like what he’s done doesn’t mean he hasn’t done anything.

  39. Oh, and, getting Osama bin Laden! The lack of appreciation of this from the truly insane bloc of right-wingers is just absolutely mind-boggling. Bush’s approval after 9/11 was something like 90%, and yet the psychos who have taken over the GOP STILL couldn’t bring themselves to say, “Great job, Obama” after he had dispensed of Osama. Very illustrative of the kind of nuts who rule the grand old party.

  40. Nor is Peggy Noonan at all a hack.

    Noonan wrote Bush I’s “thousand points of light” speech, right? That anyone listens to her is beyond hilarious.

  41. @ walleroo, I doubt that Noonan’s piece was “the echoes of this ancient fear of blacks”. The supposition that she voted for Obama surprised many of her readers. Whether she did or didn’t if you read her consistently you’d know she supported him initially in his presidency and wished him and the country well. Obama is a disappointment to many on both sides of the political spectrum.

    Noonan is hardly a hack. Disagree with her viewpoints but to demean her is foolish. Yes, cro, some of the libs are jumping ship. Are you reading and watching? Even Chris Matthews who was less than honorable toward Hillary and was thrilled by Obama has become disenchanted in his leader.

  42. I see Noonan as the very epitome of a hack. How that relates to Joe Biden is something I’ll leave to cathar to explain. No one will understand his explanation, but since when has that stopped him?

    Noonan also incorporated the “surly bonds of earth” (or, if you’re the prof, the “slurry bonds of earth”) into the tribute that Reagan gave to the Challenger crew. Her schmaltz and cloying sentimentality make her, yes, a hack. One would think that cathar, himself a hack, would recognize a fellow traveler. Ah well though, he IS a good spell-checker (if a not very good “typist”).

    Dag, of course some of the “libs” are jumping ship. How does one serve as POTUS without losing some supporters. Some of W.’s staunchest supporters ran away from him after the prescription drug entitlement. His father lost virtually all of his support after “no new taxes” turned out to be “well, maybe SOME new taxes”. Clinton lost support after the welfare deal he struck with Newt. This is the way of the world. Why does it surprise you, or anyone else for that matter?

    I have to go sit down now, as I am ready to collapse with laughter at cathar’s suggestion that he appreciates “nuance”.

  43. Ah well cro a hack is as beauty is: in the eye of …. I find her insightful, creative and fun to read. I like the surly Maureen Dowd too. Nothing like an uppity woman!

  44. I don’t read Noonan much at all, so I can’t gauge the evolution of her opinions on Obama. I would be shocked to hear that she ever supported him–can that be true? If so, it just shows you how out of touch I am, or how little I care, or both.

    Noonan started out a hack, as many good journalists do, but rather than growing out of it she only seemed to grow into it. Since I’m not privy to her 1040s, I can’t say for sure. Whatever she is she is certainly skilled. But she’s untrustworthy.

  45. ‘roo, I suspect Cathar is probably not able to make links. And how is that comment about Bachman sexist when it’s a response to someone commenting about Pelosi? Crankypants is becoming a bit befuddled in his old age.

  46. Interestingly ROC, 3 years in he was at 48%. Obama is currently at 41%. I suspect that folks will really worry when Obama reaches 25%, as Bush did.

    But of course, none of this does anything to dispute the point I made, which is, “how does one serve as POTUS without losing some supporters?”

    Both charts illustrate that point. But then, you are never really about sticking to issues or addressing questions directly when there are “points” to be made, are you?

  47. It’s like a contest to see which guy doesn’t suck as bad. “Well, my guy sucks, but he doesn’t suck as much as YOUR guy.” To me, both parties are kinda sucky right now and I anxiously await the appearance of a strong third party candidate.

  48. I don’t think that either Bush nor Obama “sucks”, MM, though your eloquence is impressive.

    The point is that no one serves as POTUS without having to make some moves that will cost him or , maybe someday, her some support. So to point to a chart 3 years into a first term as some sort of evidence that the president will soon be out of office is folly.

  49. Then you haven’t been paying attention, MM.

    I think that W. was a very bad president, but I also feel that he was and is an honourable man, a patriot, and an individual who did what he thought was best for the country. He has also been graceful and presidential in his retirement, refraining from cheap political shots like the ones Cheney has been making all along. Those who derided Bush as stupid or ignorant just made themselves look foolish.

    But, I believe that he was an awful president.

  50. Actually, that was one of the things I admired about Bush: He never sank to the level of many of his detractors. In all his time in office, I never heard him once attack anyone personally. Cheney, on the other hand…

  51. I don’t read Noonan much at all, so I can’t gauge the evolution of her opinions on Obama. I would be shocked to hear that she ever supported him–can that be true? If so, it just shows you how out of touch I am, or how little I care, or both.

    Noonan didn’t support Obama, but she slipped and said on a hot mic that she knew McCain’s campaign was “over” when he picked Sarah Palin.

    I think that’s what people forget when a president they voted for has disappointed them: what the option was. Elections are a choice, generally between two people. In 2008, it was Obama vs. McCain. Not a tough choice there. Given the opportunity, I’d vote for Obama again in a heartbeat, because President Obama is better than President McCain.

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