About That “Trophy Wife” Thing…

July 8, 2007

This is a response to TMV’s post that calls into question the NYT’s journalistic integrity in their piece on Fred Thompson’s wife. The Times’ Susan Saulny writes:

Now, with the possible candidacy of Fred D. Thompson, the grandfatherly actor and former Republican senator from Tennessee, whose second wife is almost a quarter-century his junior, comes a less palatable inquiry that is spurring debate in Internet chat rooms, on cable television and on talk radio: Is America ready for a president with a trophy wife?

The question may seem sexist, even crass, but serious people — as well as Mr. Thompson’s supporters — have been wrestling with the public reaction to Jeri Kehn Thompson, whose youthfulness, permanent tan and bleached blond hair present a contrast to the 64-year-old man who hopes to win the hearts of the conservative core of the Republican party. Will the so-called values voters accept this union?

I’d have to say that I have a problem with this as well.  It’s not the use of the term ‘trophy wife’ so much as it’s the inherent assumption that she is one (at least in Susan’s eyes, presumably).  However, a simple rewording of the question would fix everything for me:

Will Americans view Mrs. Thompson as a trophy wife, and are they ready to have one in the White House?

Or something along those lines.  Better?


  1. How can anyone take her seriously when she looks like his granddaughter who has an 11:00 PM curfew?

  2. “when she looks like his granddaughter who has an 11:00 PM curfew?”

    Um, okay, not exactly a common metaphor, but whatever. The real question is: Why does anyone care? Will it affect his job performance?

  3. Will it affect his job performance?

    LOL Of course not. No more than an expensive haircut, big ears, or an enthusiastic yeeeeaaaahhhh!!! would, anyway.

    But voters seem to care about that stuff for some reason.

  4. Well, come on, Howard Dean looked like an idiot doing that. Not that it mattered at all compared the fact that he was a borderline socialist in the long run. And of course, there is something to be said about Jon Edwards haircut since it makes him a bit of a joke, really, almost a hypocrite. Go ahead and talk about Fred’s wife, just don’t make something like that an issue, for him or anyone else who isn’t under par in the personal family life department if it isn’t relevant.

  5. Well, for the record, I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. This post was just my thoughts on that TMV post. But I think that there are probably social conservatives out there that he may lose some points with over it. We’ll see I guess.

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