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Do ya think he's sexy? At nearly 70, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is TV's newest stud
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/29/01 | Beth Gillin

Posted on 12/29/2001 6:30:47 AM PST by veronica

He's vigorous. He's direct. At nearly 70, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is TV's newest stud.

Forget The Guardian's Simon Baker, Smallville's Tom Welling, or 24's Kiefer Sutherland. The sexiest man on television is a grandpop with a throaty laugh and a confidence so overpowering it's made entire countries go weak in the knees.

No doubt about it, Donald Rumsfeld is a stud muffin.

Oh sure, he's a bespectacled government bureaucrat pushing 70. But the secretary of defense has a quality that many women adore.

He's as self-assured as a bull in a cow pasture.

Next to this ex-Navy flyboy and self-made millionaire, humorless careerists are but empty suits, doubt-ridden heroes are boring, and sensitive New Age males look like big whiny babies.

Rumsfeld, in contrast, looks like a good time. In a recent interview, Larry King asked, "Secretary Rumsfeld . . . do you like this image? You now have this new image called sex symbol."

Rumsfeld laughed heartily and replied, "Oh, come on." But he seemed delighted, and later allowed that he could be a sex symbol "for the AARP."

He's direct, plainspoken, full of that quality John F. Kennedy so admired: vigor.

He enjoys sparring with reporters at news conferences. Exuding bonhomie, he gets his points across while revealing very little of what everybody is there to find out. These performances are among the best on television, depicted by political cartoonist Mike Peters as "Must See TV."

Rumsfeld is decisive, a quality Saturday Night Live recognized in a recent skit: The President is in a meeting, taking a call from boring Al Gore, who drones on and on while Bush's advisers point impatiently to their watches and Bush, a prisoner of his breeding, seeks a polite end to the conversation.

Rumsfeld strides in. Grasping the situation immediately, he grabs the receiver and barks, "Get off the phone, Al. Now!" A startled Gore hangs up.

Talk about a man of action.

In the Navy, Rumsfeld was a champion wrestler. Now, he hunts elk.

He's been around Washington forever - this is his second go-round as defense secretary - but it took a war to make him a celeb.

After attending Princeton University on a scholarship, he married his childhood sweetheart, Joyce, in 1954, served in the Navy, and did six years in Congress and four in the Nixon administration.

He was ambassador to NATO when President Gerald R. Ford called him back and made him the youngest defense secretary in the country's history. He wasn't well-liked. Over the years, he has annoyed people by ignoring criticism and pushing to get things done. He used to be called imperious. Now he's seen as determined.

He's also telegenic, which became apparent when the spotlight found him in September. The camera loves him. He's the media star of the war on terror.

He has reappeared on the scene at a time when popular culture is again embracing big-shouldered, go-for-it guys, from stoic Russell Crowe in the Oscar-winning Gladiator to bully Teddy Roosevelt in the best-selling Theodore Rex, to buff Will Smith as The Greatest in Ali.

Classical Roman virtues such as courage and determination, so passe in the high-flying '90s, are again in vogue.

Steely confidence is admired, in burly firemen, guys who attack armed hijackers with their bare hands, 19-year-olds who parachute into battlefields in the middle of the night - and straight-shooting Rummy, the senior with swagger.

Manly men, every one. It's good to have them back.


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1 posted on 12/29/2001 6:30:47 AM PST by veronica
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To: Hipixs
FYI.
2 posted on 12/29/2001 6:35:13 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica; miss marple; mozartlover; molly pitcher; guenevere; kassie; jtill; illstillbe...
BTT
3 posted on 12/29/2001 6:38:42 AM PST by Neets
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To: veronica
Do I think he's sexy? INDEED!!!
4 posted on 12/29/2001 6:40:10 AM PST by soozer47
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To: veronica
I'm glad this is out in the open and we can admit it. This guy is as cute as a bug. Almost as cute as Cheney!
5 posted on 12/29/2001 6:41:35 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: veronica
Rumsfeld is so, so great it is difficult to express how important he is. And the President had the knowledge and courage to appoint him. Who would Gore's Secretary of War be? Barney Frank?
6 posted on 12/29/2001 6:42:33 AM PST by Creightongrad
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To: veronica
Do I think he's sexy?

Absolutely!

Sometimes I think cloning isn't a bad idea after all :>)

7 posted on 12/29/2001 6:43:38 AM PST by apackof2
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To: veronica
He's Da Man ... I JUST LOVE RUMMY ... hehe
8 posted on 12/29/2001 6:43:46 AM PST by Mo1
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To: veronica
I adore Rummy. W isn't bad, either. My husband is getting jealous.
9 posted on 12/29/2001 6:44:14 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: veronica
I second all the sentiment expressed above!
11 posted on 12/29/2001 6:46:30 AM PST by Amore
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12 posted on 12/29/2001 6:48:01 AM PST by apackof2
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To: coteblanche
The sexiest man on television is a grandpop with a throaty laugh and a confidence so overpowering it's made entire countries go weak in the knees.

It's the confidence he exudes that makes me like him so much. It is such that he acts natural about it...

Braggards can be soooooooo borrish!!! But he is not. I love watching and listening to him.

13 posted on 12/29/2001 6:50:10 AM PST by Neets
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To: veronica

14 posted on 12/29/2001 6:51:22 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: veronica
Oh Yeah, He makes me hot..
15 posted on 12/29/2001 6:51:28 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: veronica
Manly men, every one.

Let's not forget our telegenic, straight-shooting President either, the Commander-in-Chief with swagger.

Amen! Thank you, Lord.

16 posted on 12/29/2001 6:52:04 AM PST by mombonn
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To: veronica
Gravitas in its true form!!!

g

17 posted on 12/29/2001 6:53:47 AM PST by Geezerette
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To: Veronica
"Do ya think he's sexy?"

YES!!! Proving that a real man is desirable at ANY age.

What a refreshing difference from the 'girly' guys that have been created by too much PC!

18 posted on 12/29/2001 7:01:32 AM PST by LADY J
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To: *Rumsfeld ping list; lawgirl; Howlin; mystery-ak; mtngrl@vrwc; kayak; swheats; ladyinred...
Rummy bump
19 posted on 12/29/2001 7:02:24 AM PST by Hipixs
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To: veronica
When I started extolling the virtues of the paragon of manliness that is Don Rumsfeld to those around me back in September I was met with blank stares. I'm so glad others have started seeing the light!
20 posted on 12/29/2001 7:02:51 AM PST by jgdiamond
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To: veronica
mmmmm....

Yummy Rummy

21 posted on 12/29/2001 7:04:49 AM PST by d4now
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To: Snow Bunny
fyi
22 posted on 12/29/2001 7:05:24 AM PST by d4now
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To: veronica
Do ya think he's sexy?

No, I can't say that I do.

24 posted on 12/29/2001 7:07:26 AM PST by Steve1789
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To: mombonn
Let's not forget our telegenic, straight-shooting President either, the Commander-in-Chief with swagger.

As I like to say, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.......the trifecta of men's men, and ladies men.

25 posted on 12/29/2001 7:08:31 AM PST by jgdiamond
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To: Geezerette
George Will had a segment on Rummy during the Sam and Cokie show about a week ago and concluded that the reason why Rumsfeld's popularity has soared is because "he is dripping with competence".
26 posted on 12/29/2001 7:11:16 AM PST by jgdiamond
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To: Jhoffa_
I'm real worried about you, man!!!
27 posted on 12/29/2001 7:16:53 AM PST by slugbug
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To: veronica
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Now if they would just go after our own homegrown terrorist organizations like the IRS and beel and hitlery clinton, of Murder, Arkansas Style, Inc., we might have something here.
29 posted on 12/29/2001 7:19:51 AM PST by Samizdat
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To: teenager
Well, I guess there is grump, one wet blanket in every crowd, who just cannot stand to see other people enjoy life.

Or does Rummy make you jealous? Meow! Don't worry. If you ever get that head on straight maybe you too will grow up to be a real man like Rummy.

30 posted on 12/29/2001 7:24:12 AM PST by veronica
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To: slugbug
Actually, I am just here to poke fun

There is a certain type of woman who automatically equates power with sex. Remember Kissingers famous quote? "Power is the ultimate aphrodesiac"

And remember "Stormin Norman" was voted sexiest man in the universe or something or another right after Desert Storm.

If he drove a cab and wore overalls or worked the drive up window at Burger King none of these people would give him the time of day.

The Democrats have them also, Remember the women who wished they were Monica (and were blunt about it) after the scandal broke?

31 posted on 12/29/2001 7:25:17 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: veronica
Is it getting hot in here, or is it me?
32 posted on 12/29/2001 7:27:22 AM PST by white rose
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To: veronica
"Steely confidence is admired, in burly firemen, guys who attack armed hijackers with their bare hands, 19-year-olds who parachute into battlefields in the middle of the night - and straight-shooting Rummy, the senior with swagger. Manly men, every one. It's good to have them back."

Thank God; yes it is. I hope this sea-change lasts long enough to push all the incompetent, phony know-it-all, snotty clintonian whiners WAY, WAY back down under their rocks, so far they can't find their way back out.

34 posted on 12/29/2001 7:31:30 AM PST by Irene Adler
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To: Jhoffa_
The difference between Rumsfeld and Bubba is that ONLY Democrats and like-minded sorts ever saw his appeal. Sane people never bought his act.

But Rummy seems to have bewitched the Libs even. And the press. I don't think it's just a matter of power. It's also the humor mixed in.

And the fact that we are winning the war that he is leading does not hurt. In uncertain times we tend to look to people who cannot be ruffled. People who roll up their sleeves - no whining - no second-guessing - and just get the job done.

35 posted on 12/29/2001 7:32:55 AM PST by veronica
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Do you find it pleasing to have a good leader "praised" in such a manner?

I checked your source, and, indeed, the Iniquiter used the title Do ya think he's sexy?.

Do you find it complimentary to associate a great leader with common barnyard behavior? Is it inspiring to connect a notable person's achievement and confidence with what passes for instinctive accomplishment at the lowest common denominator of both animals and people? If the answer is "no," then you've been tricked by media again into accepting their assessment as valid. Join the club. Develop keener senses to being set-up.

When a hero steps on stage, we know there are those who cannot stomach the idea of heroism. These types will heap false praise upon your hero's head. This is in order to set the stage to belittle them at a later date. In this instance, that belittling has started already by the nature of the praise. You should be angry, not pleased.

When a stranger (let alone a former enemy) suddenly praises you, it is normal for you to feel uncomfortable. So you smile; say thankyou; then nonchalantly check your back for the target they planted. I view this article both as springing from that level of sophomorics and as containing all the sincerity of Bill Clinton.

To admirers of Rumsfeld, this "gift" should be looked in the mouth and everywhere else you can think of. The pedigree of the sender should receive similar attention.

36 posted on 12/29/2001 7:33:39 AM PST by Avoiding_Sulla
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To: white rose
It's not you white rose. What can I say? ;-)
37 posted on 12/29/2001 7:33:57 AM PST by Rumsfeld Chick
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To: Mamzelle
Almost as cute as Cheney!

I used to be a Cheney Chick. But, alas, I had to throw him over for Rummy. Yes, sexy he is!

38 posted on 12/29/2001 7:34:55 AM PST by Conservababe
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To: jgdiamond
As I like to say, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.......the trifecta of men's men, and ladies men.

Amen to that!!!!

39 posted on 12/29/2001 7:36:25 AM PST by RightWingMama
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To: jgdiamond
he is dripping with competence.

Ohhhh!!! I love that!

40 posted on 12/29/2001 7:36:33 AM PST by Rumsfeld Chick
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To: Jhoffa_
If he drove a cab and wore overalls or worked the drive up window at Burger King none of these people would give him the time of day.

I admit it, I'm shallow that way...avoiding losers and desiring the powerful.
Yeah, Rummy's hot!
:0)

41 posted on 12/29/2001 7:36:44 AM PST by Joan_of_Argghh!
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To: Samizdat
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Now if they would just go after our own homegrown terrorist organizations like the IRS and beel and hitlery clinton, of Murder, Arkansas Style, Inc., we might have something here.

One terrorist organization at a time. I am patient.

42 posted on 12/29/2001 7:37:25 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: apackof2
ahhhhh if only I were 20 yrs older......
43 posted on 12/29/2001 7:39:12 AM PST by linn37
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To: veronica
Sexy has very little to do with looks. Rumsfeld qualifies in every way. ;)
44 posted on 12/29/2001 7:39:34 AM PST by la_liberte
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To: veronica
Hey, I am a huge fan also..

There are alot of reasons to like Donald Rumsfeild..

I was making an observation, not a blanket accusation applied to everyone on this thread.

If the shoe doesn't fit, then by all means don't wear it.

:)

45 posted on 12/29/2001 7:40:26 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: veronica
I've loved Rummy from the beginning, but thought it was because he looks like my late grandpa. I think this article nails the real reason that he is so admired... He's confident, manly, clever, NOT PC.... I think our country has grown weary of girly-men. Such a joy to watch him.
46 posted on 12/29/2001 7:41:55 AM PST by reaganite
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To: Avoiding_Sulla
Do you find it pleasing to have a good leader "praised" in such a manner?

I can't speak for veronica, but I think it's great.

Rummy is tough as nails, doesn't take any crap, has no patience for fools (and reporters, if they aren't one and the same) and is a brilliant strategist.

He can park his shoes under my bed anytime.

47 posted on 12/29/2001 7:42:43 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: veronica
Next to this ex-Navy flyboy and self-made millionaire, humorless careerists are but empty suits, doubt-ridden heroes are boring, and sensitive New Age males look like big whiny babies.

Never could understand all the sophisticated media women who thought that Clinton's leering down their blouses made him sexy (maybe he transported them back to their high school years)--he always looked like a big fat stupid lazy dog in heat to me--his voice lived on the border between whining and pleading--I like men who are lean, confident but modest, and direct--Rumsfeld, GW, and Cheney instill confidence because they are secure men who know who they are and what they must achieve.

48 posted on 12/29/2001 7:42:49 AM PST by foreshadowed at waco
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To: Joan_of_Argghh!

Yeah, Kissinger mentioned that when he was asked how a fat guy like him got so many beautiful chicks.

49 posted on 12/29/2001 7:43:34 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: Jhoffa_
The Democrats have them also, Remember the women who wished they were Monica (and were blunt about it) after the scandal broke?

But the difference is that we Rumsfeld fans don't want him to do anything that would violate his marriage vows and we enjoy the fact that he seems to be in a long and happy marriage. To many of us, that's more attractive than a high-profile married man who's easily available for nookie.

I think that we feel safe and protected with him, and that's his primary attraction -- that he's a *guy*, not some wimp trying to "feel our pain."

I, for one, get a major kick out of him talking about "killing the enemy," not using weasel-speak like "degrading their war-making capabilities."

He's tough and not afraid of the tough decisions and their consequences. He also knows that the military is here to fight our wars - to kill people and break things, not be permanent "peacekeepers" and global social workers.

In other words, he's just what we need right now -- a throwback to a time when our government wasn't afraid of being a superpower and wasn't trying to apologize for our strength (as Maddy "Mad Bomber" Halfwit did).

50 posted on 12/29/2001 7:49:20 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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