Oh, this endlessly fascinating group of leftists in the Obama White House constantly seeks media attention and cosseting. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney and his wife, Claire Shipman, ABC news contributor, exemplify the successful, well-connected Washington power couple. To go with their idyllic life are two cute kids, a family dog (cousin to First Dog, Sunny) and of course, the picture-perfect DC home. The Washingtonian interviewed this DC power couple to promote Shipman’s latest female-empowerment tome, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, written with co-author, Kathy Kay. This latest literary offering follows the much-discussed Sheryl Sandberg’s, Lean In, Shipman’s previous guide for working women, Womenomics: Write Your Rules for Success and first female press secretary, Dee Dee Myers’ earlier feminist-offering, Why Women Should Rule the World. What could be better than more expert advice for women on gaining “self-confidence”….
When choosing books, or vacuum cleaners for that matter, I love internet comparison shopping and customer reviews help me make my purchasing decisions, in an informal sort of oh there are 20 reviews and 18 of them say this book wasted perfectly good trees and two (probably written by the author and his/her mom) say the book deserves a Pulitzer Prize for literature. Oh, here’s a helpful amazon.com customer review for Myers’ offering, “Why women should rule the world” is a book where men get made fun at, poked, insulted, challenged and disrespected.” Sandberg’s book offers mostly very positive reviews, but here’s a one-star review that made me laugh, “Don’t hold yourself back; don’t be your own worst enemy. I’m pretty sure I was given a fridge magnet with that exact message on it once. Or maybe it was a coaster.)” Shipman and Kay’s previous book, Womenomics, received this helpful comment from a female customer , “Here’s the big mystery solved: if you have kids, your career won’t/can’t be first. Wow. Really?”. Informed shopping wouldn’t be complete without them, so I read the professional reviews too. The sisterhood rises to embrace each girl-power addition though, so here’s Shipman’s fellow ABC reporter/morning talk show personality, Diane Sawyer, “A personal, provocative and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life.” See, I told you these customer reviews help make buying decisions, although vacuum cleaner reviews get right to the point, “High suction, low air flow.”
The Washingtonian turned out all the stops to create a glowing puff piece on the Carney/Shipman home life, replete with glossy, staged photo spread. We get to see this power couple at home with their two photogenic children and the family pooch, who is a cousin to First Dog, Sunny. How warm and cozy, the pajama-clad Mom and kids in a playful kitchen shot, with a counter laden with perfect breakfast food (enough to feed the entire camera crew, plus some), all artfully arranged. As American as apple pie, oh, wait, the kitchen wall decor, so thoroughly edgy – it’s framed Soviet propaganda posters (The Week story about the story).
Oh hush libertybelle, your kitchen decor remains outdated country-style with an eclectic splash here and there. The chickens came home to roost , with my cute curtains with a blue chicken-print ruffle and the cute wooden chicken plaque (gift from one of the kids) that says “Welcome to My
Roost Nest” (oops, I remembered it incorrectly). Hanging on the cup pegs of my hutch, I hung assorted knick-knacky stuff, like right behind my chair at the table is my welcome plaque, an after-Halloween find that I just love: “Welcome the Witch Is In”. Even my house has Soviet propaganda posters, a 30 pack of “Wings Of The Motherland” that my one son brought back from his study abroad to Russia long ago as a gift for my other son. My other son treasured these propaganda posters so much, that the entire pack is still sitting here in my computer room, gathering dust and he moved out many moons (years) ago. Luckily, I got a very beautiful teapot and a Russian cookbook from that trip. Of course, my other son (being libertybelle’s offspring) is more concerned with his guns and as he likes to remind us constantly – he is a single issue voter, guess, yep, a 2nd Amendment one, so I suppose these posters will remain here….. unless I regift them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…or maybe the Carney/Shipman home would like to add to their collection….