So pardon my bad mood.
I was moved by the dignity and grace Senator and Mrs. Edwards showed in that extraordinary press conference. I was particularly struck by how these two very religious people kept that part of their lives to themselves, rather than diluting their faith by exploiting it.
It's especially remarkable given that most politicians wouldn't dare pass up the chance to cloak themselves in religion. George W. Bush, in particular, mawkishly name-checks The Almighty more than all the NFL quarterbacks and American Music Award winners combined.
I always find it fascinating that "super-Christian-better-than-us" George W. Bush almost never attends church. He only goes to ceremonial services, preferring to do his regular worship "in private." (Presumably untranscribed and not under oath.) Ronald Reagan also slept in most Sundays. Bill Clinton, meanwhile, went to church as often as possible. I'm just saying.
(I also find it fascinating to point out, lest anyone forget, that Nancy Reagan was pregnant when she married Ronnie, and Laura Bush killed a guy. Let's never ever forget those things.)
But I digress. Back to why Couric is pissing me off.
She has just finished asking the Edwards her fifth consecutive version of the same question. Each time, their answers were dignified, inspiring, moving, and still didn't satisfy Katie.
Those who've followed her career know that when Katie starts a question with "Some would say..." or "What do you say to those..." she's really talking about herself. There is no "some" or "those"... It's just her. And Couric's pretend people apparently wanted her to ask the same question over and over. And Katie must obey her imaginary friends.
In a nutshell this was the question: How can they justify continuing to work when they have so little time left together? Doesn't the Senator belong with his wife? How can he work and take care of her? And shouldn't they both be devoting all this precious time to their children?
Excuse me, but when Jay Monahan was battling cancer, did Katie Couric leave her job? Did she say to NBC, "Listen, we have little girls, Jay is sick, I gotta take the next 8 or 9 months off"?
I don't believe so, but I could be wrong. If Katie Couric was absent from Today for nine months that awful year and I simply didn't notice, I stand corrected.
If, however, she and her family decided that she should work during that time, then there's a reason it hasn't come up: No one has any right to question or criticize that decision.
How a family chooses to deal with a crisis was nobody's business then, and it's nobody's business now.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
So pardon my bad mood.