One of the dearest and most honorable of men that ever lived is George Herbert Walker Bush, father of GW. He teared up, of course, when he spoke today of how Ronnie had taught him kindness. We were astonished to hear him say someone had taught him kindness. He has always seemed the most courtly and kind of men. ('Wish he had never asked us to read his lips and then caved to the oily George Mitchell, of course, but nobody's perfect.) What touched us most was his personal references and kind words that brought the poor little waif of a Reagan daughter, Patti Davis, to smile with heartfelt joy. She seems so needy, and his words seemed to feed her.
He celebrates his 80th birthday on Sunday with -- of course -- a parachute jump. Bar must be biting her lip. But it seems these awesome men always have awesome women beside them. That is how we know that GW is okay. Laura is beside him. We feel no such good vibes from John Kerry's mate.