Hillary's half-assed housekeeping

A new book about Laura Bush book reveals that her White House predecessor was not such a whiz with the Swiffer!

Rebecca Traister
April 3, 2006 11:40PM (UTC)

News flash: Former lawyer, First Lady and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did not exhibit any kind of talent for or interest in housekeeping while at the White House.

Those are the searing allegations emerging in the days before the Tuesday publication of "Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait," by Ron Kessler. The housekeeping controversy, as helpfully highlighted by Matt Drudge, centers on Kessler's report that the current first lady was given a tour of the White House by Clinton in the days after the Supreme Court ruled that Bush's husband won the 2000 election. According to Kessler, Bush was "dismayed" by what she saw: fraying carpets and upholstery, and loud red, blue and gold tones in the Oval Office! Then there was the East Wing, which had been chopped into small offices (presumably for "working") and featured exposed electrical conduits and dated furnishings. Plus, the Lincoln Bedroom was bedraggled!


You know, I've heard she can't bake a cookie to save her life, either. And look how that kid turned out. This is exactly the kind of woman we need to keep out of the American home and in the workforce.

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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