Monday, June 18, 2007

Fred's Felicity

In 1998, New York socialite Georgette Mosbacher invited then-Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), who was a single man about town, to accompany her on an overseas trip. Thompson couldn't go, but, as Newsweek's Holly Bailey reports, he summoned the full measure of his Tennessee charm in letting her down.

I am sitting here with a long face and broken heart as I contemplate sunsets on the Mediterranean, which I will not see. . . . We must remember the unspoken vow that all United States senators take upon entering the Senate: I shall have no money, and I shall have no fun. I, of course regarding myself as an unconquerable soul, am still determined to break the second part of that vow.

How can you not like a guy who writes like that?