Skip to comments.AP: Still Flogging Jeri Thompson 'Trophy Wife' Jab
Posted on 10/05/2007 2:45:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Speaking of a here-we-go-again story, the AP this morning has revived the Jeri Thompson as trophy wife story again. This is an extremely demeaning charge leveled at the wife of Fred Thompson that keeps resurfacing, over and over, in the liberal press. The thrust of the story is that she is a brainless hottie that Thompson only grabbed up because she is great arm candy. But Jeri Thompson is an accomplished and driven individual in her own right and for the MSM to continually claim she is nothing but a "trophy wife" slights her own achievements.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, shakes off the ``trophy wife'' label critics have tagged her with for being 24 years younger than her husband.
Fred Thompson, for his part, has a great comeback for the constant demeaning of his beautiful wife. "Thompson said: 'I almost think they had to fabricate that trophy-wife stuff because there's nothing interesting to say.'''
Jeri Thompson is no bubble-headed bimbo, though. She was a successful media consultant for the Washington DC law firm of Verner Lipfert and also worked for the Republican Senate Conference and the Republican National Committee before marrying Fred Thompson and stepping back from her career to concentrate on raising a family.
And it won't be completely unusual to have a president with a much younger wife, either. Columnist Gary North reminds us that Frances Folsom Cleveland was 27 years younger than President Grover Cleveland, and that Julia Gardiner Tyler was 30 years younger than President John Tyler.
Still, we will see this charge brought up over and over again by the MSM as the presidential contest is waged.
Now here is the question: Michelle Obama is quite an attractive woman. Do you think folks will call her a "trophy wife?" What about Dennis Kucinich's wife, Elizabeth? She is decades younger than the Buckeye nut from Cleveland! Is she a "trophy wife?" If so, I've never seen the MSM refer to her as such. In fact, Elizabeth is far younger than her husband than is Jeri from Fred! Elizabeth Kucinich is 30 years her husband's junior while Jeri is only 24 years Fred's junior.
Or does the MSM imagine that Democrats don't "do" trophy wives? you think folks will call her a trophy wife?
Is there a “correct” way to be a wife?
EIther a woman is pretty and therefore a trophy wife, or she is criticized for being ugly and therefore “wears the pants (or pantsuit)” in the family.
I’d like to see the “rules” for what a candidate’s wife is supposed to be.
I guess the editors at the AP are, how did Jimmah Cahtah put it?, lusting after her in their hearts? lol
I always thought trophy wives were pretty and young. Often-times I refer to my wife as “my trophy wife” (only in front of her!) She’s only a few years younger than me - but I look much older- and she’s much cuter!
Where are the NOW nags? Aren’t thry upset that an accomplished woman is being reduced to a sexual object?
Oh, that’s right. Jeri is a Republican, so she deserves to be disrespected./s/
Not to demean Jeri or anything, but she is great arm candy.
She's like 100 times hotter than Tipper Gore.
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Bill is Hillary trophy wife. He’s the smart better looking one. She’s a DC bar failure (Anita Hill passed, Hillary failed). She failed at her “health”care crusade. She failed to bring the jobs she promised to NY. But for Bill, Hillary would be a suspected lesbian no-body shrill.
Rather see Jeri as a trophy wife, than Bill Clintons wife as a trophy pig! One thing is for sure, Fred better keep Bill the hell away from his wife!
Then there's our First Lady, the lovely Laura Bush, who is certainly not a trophy wife. She's kind and gracious as well as being beautiful. She can be feisty, but she doesn't "wear the pants". Their marriage seems to be one based on love, respect for each other, and yes, definitely physical attraction to each other. They are a model to emulate.
This is one of those cases where I think NewsBusters sometimes has to look too hard for something to post. The story is about Jeri’s first long-format solo interview, and they mention the “trophy wife” slur because she mentioned it.
I knew Grover Cleveland, Grover Cleveland was a friend of mine and believe me Senator, you are no Grover Cleveland.
Maybe the best 1st Lady of the century
She is pretty and 24 years younger than her husband. Young is a relative thing. At 41, she seems pretty young to me, and while I can see the hill from here, I'm not over it yet.
Uhmmm... I hate to be catty, however, standing next to his wife, Dennis Kucinich looks like the shelf trophy.
I've have to ask the wife the correct answer to that question : )
Way I see it, at 6’6 or what ever Fred is, Clinton (both of em, actually) would be smart to stay the hell away from Mrs. Thompson!
Jeri could handle Slick.
And if she couldn’t, she’d get Sammy to spit up on him.
Maybe if Bill Clinton had had a trophy wife, he wouldn’t have been such a philanderer.
Great point! I think the more the American public sees of Jeri, the more they’re going to like her.
WJC married the most awful shrew imaginable. She’s fixed herself up now with blue contacts and expensive hair but man was she ugly before! One of Bill’s former girlfriend said that when Bill first brought her to Arkansas she thought Hillary was a practical joke....a stand in for his real girlfriend because no one could believe he’d bring home such an ugly person. Apparently she was dirty and smelled on top of it.
well, that's one thing Bill Clinton isn't guilty of.
She may not be finished yet.
>>And it won’t be completely unusual to have a president with a much younger wife, either. Columnist Gary North reminds us that Frances Folsom Cleveland was 27 years younger than President Grover Cleveland, and that Julia Gardiner Tyler was 30 years younger than President John Tyler.<<
1. I don’t care how old Fred’s wife is. I care a lot more about how old the candidates are. Ron Paul at 77 by the end of a first term is an age issue.
2. Grover Cleveland and women is a not a comparison you want to make.
“Uhmmm... I hate to be catty, however, standing next to his wife, Dennis Kucinich looks like the shelf trophy.”
Nah.. lawn gnome, maybe.
Michelle Obama is no trophy wife.
Jeri’s no trophy wife, but she’s certainly a prize.
And quite a SURprise when she speaks ~ smart, gracious, sincere.
Her public appearances will dispel the stupid rumors.
She’s mature, graceful and lovely and will be a wonderful First Lady44.
There was a little more "fire" in Fred's speech today. I'm sure many noticed it. Same clear message, but with more umph!
Did you hear Rudy's remark to this effect: "If we nationalize medicine, where will the Canadians go to get their health care"?
Awesome photo! ~ dynamic duo