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AP: Still Flogging Jeri Thompson 'Trophy Wife' Jab
News Busters ^ | October 4, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston

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?


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1 posted on 10/05/2007 2:45:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


2 posted on 10/05/2007 2:49:12 PM PDT by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess the editors at the AP are, how did Jimmah Cahtah put it?, lusting after her in their hearts? lol


3 posted on 10/05/2007 2:52:33 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: generally

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!


4 posted on 10/05/2007 2:57:07 PM PDT by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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/


5 posted on 10/05/2007 2:57:39 PM PDT by exit82 (Major General, Armchair Warriors USA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The thrust of the story is that she is a brainless hottie that Thompson only grabbed up because she is great arm candy.

Not to demean Jeri or anything, but she is great arm candy.

She's like 100 times hotter than Tipper Gore.

Owl_Eagle

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it was probably just a joke.

6 posted on 10/05/2007 2:57:53 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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7 posted on 10/05/2007 3:01:03 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: generally
"I’d like to see the “rules” for what a candidate’s wife is supposed to be."

Democrat, if you're the media.

8 posted on 10/05/2007 3:02:50 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Waiting for the Mittwitts....


9 posted on 10/05/2007 3:04:01 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

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.


10 posted on 10/05/2007 3:08:03 PM PDT by enough_idiocy (www.daypo.net/test-iraq-war.html)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!


11 posted on 10/05/2007 3:10:01 PM PDT by Bommer (“He that controls the spice controls the universe!” (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!))
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To: generally
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.

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.

12 posted on 10/05/2007 3:10:14 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
well, the upside could be that the more they do this, the more the public is aware of her and while they’re looking and listening, our side can point out her accomplishments
13 posted on 10/05/2007 3:11:40 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


14 posted on 10/05/2007 3:12:47 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I knew Grover Cleveland, Grover Cleveland was a friend of mine and believe me Senator, you are no Grover Cleveland.


15 posted on 10/05/2007 3:13:23 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Inspectorette
Then there's our First Lady, the lovely Laura Bush

Maybe the best 1st Lady of the century

16 posted on 10/05/2007 3:13:53 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: geopyg
I always thought trophy wives were pretty and young.

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.

17 posted on 10/05/2007 3:20:05 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Uhmmm... I hate to be catty, however, standing next to his wife, Dennis Kucinich looks like the shelf trophy.


18 posted on 10/05/2007 3:20:36 PM PDT by wizr (A step in Faith will set you free.)
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To: generally
Is there a “correct” way to be a wife?

I've have to ask the wife the correct answer to that question : )

19 posted on 10/05/2007 3:21:47 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Bommer

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!


20 posted on 10/05/2007 3:23:38 PM PDT by Don Carlos (No 8 Do.)
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To: Don Carlos

Jeri could handle Slick.

And if she couldn’t, she’d get Sammy to spit up on him.


21 posted on 10/05/2007 3:27:03 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe if Bill Clinton had had a trophy wife, he wouldn’t have been such a philanderer.


22 posted on 10/05/2007 3:27:13 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Just another country bumpkin looking forward to Fred!)
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To: maine-iac7

Great point! I think the more the American public sees of Jeri, the more they’re going to like her.


23 posted on 10/05/2007 3:47:41 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MarkeyD

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.


24 posted on 10/05/2007 3:48:57 PM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
trophy wife...

well, that's one thing Bill Clinton isn't guilty of.

25 posted on 10/05/2007 3:49:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (life is like "a bad Saturday Night Live skit that is done in extremely bad taste.")
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To: enough_idiocy
She failed at her “health”care crusade.

She may not be finished yet.

26 posted on 10/05/2007 3:51:37 PM PDT by nosofar
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To: Politicalmom; All

27 posted on 10/05/2007 3:52:59 PM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>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.


28 posted on 10/05/2007 3:56:54 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey, AP. Here's your "trophy wife".


29 posted on 10/05/2007 4:08:08 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Politicalmom
And if she couldn’t, she’d get Sammy to spit up on him.

**************

LOL!

30 posted on 10/05/2007 4:10:47 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Image hosted by Photobucket.com sounds like a major case of TrophyWife ENVY to me...
31 posted on 10/05/2007 4:16:37 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: wizr

“Uhmmm... I hate to be catty, however, standing next to his wife, Dennis Kucinich looks like the shelf trophy.”

Nah.. lawn gnome, maybe.


32 posted on 10/05/2007 4:30:38 PM PDT by Mr Inviso
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michelle Obama is no trophy wife.


33 posted on 10/05/2007 4:34:15 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


34 posted on 10/05/2007 4:58:59 PM PDT by b9 ("You know what Thompson reminds me of? The BOSS. The guy who is in charge." ~ carton253)
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To: Politicalmom
Jeri and Fred Today at the AFP Conference:

There was a little more "fire" in Fred's speech today. I'm sure many noticed it. Same clear message, but with more umph!

FRED VETS, SIGN UP TODAY AT:

35 posted on 10/05/2007 6:12:53 PM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: gondramB
I don’t care how old Fred’s wife is. I care a lot more about how old the candidates are.

I don't care about any candidate's spouse - even IF they are a trophy spouse - as long as they stay out of the politics. The candidate is the one elected and the only influence a spouse should have is through the candidate (who should be able to take input from the spouse but not be overly persuaded by them.) IMO.
36 posted on 10/05/2007 6:48:43 PM PDT by CottonBall
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To: nosofar
She failed at her “health”care crusade. She may not be finished yet.

Did you hear Rudy's remark to this effect: "If we nationalize medicine, where will the Canadians go to get their health care"?

37 posted on 10/05/2007 8:43:53 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: W04Man

Great photo!


38 posted on 10/06/2007 6:57:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: generally
I’d like to see the “rules” for what a candidate’s wife is supposed to be.

I'm sure the Romney supporters around here would be happy to fill you in.
39 posted on 10/06/2007 7:11:47 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.... Valor.)
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To: W04Man

Awesome photo! ~ dynamic duo


40 posted on 10/06/2007 9:20:16 AM PDT by b9 ("You know what Thompson reminds me of? The BOSS. The guy who is in charge." ~ carton253)
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