Now, James Wolcott writes of warmthiness. In the September issue of Vanity Fair find this excerpt from his article, comparing life in the White House today to the Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie reality TV show called "The Simple Life" (thanks Tama for tip), dubbing the presidency as The Simple Life: White House Edition:
"Lillian Ross's memoir of The New Yorker editor William Shawn was titled Here But Not Here; Laura Bush's presence alongside her husband could be called There But Not There. Through some strange optical illusion or Jedi mind trick she manages to recede into the foreground or project into the background--it's hard to decide which. Either way, she hasn't been supplying the warmthiness that every presidency and reality-TV series requires and desires as a sweetener."
Yet, despite what some say, she's not receding from the public stage regarding Burma (aka Myanmar). Putting that kind of courageous warmthiness in the foreground is heartening to me. Who knows what comes next? Integrityness? Maybe that can become the word of the year in 2008.