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Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:16 AM

 

A letter from Patti Davis to Sasha and Malia


Dear Sasha and Malia,

Here is a story you might find interesting given the latest unprovoked (and undeserved) attack on you by Elizabeth Lauten, who I, by the way, had never heard of before.

When my father was president there was an evening event in Los Angeles for Queen Elizabeth, hosted by my parents. The dress was “cocktail attire” which, to my thinking, is a somewhat broad category. There was a clothing line called Laize Adzer then and it was quite popular and fashionable — a sort of high-end peasanty look that required all the pieces — belt, scarf, etc. — to look like the magazine ads. I splurged on one of the dressier outfits and wore it to this event. In the broad category of cocktail attire, there was indeed a broad spectrum of fashion statements there. One woman was dressed sort of like a flapper. Another looked almost slutty, in a poofy sort of way. But I was singled out by a journalist who wrote the next day: “There were 150 people there. 149 of them were properly dressed. Patti Davis…” I can’t even recall the rest of the assault, only that there was one.

As First Daughters, you can’t win. There will always be bitchy people sitting at their keyboards, seething with anger at their own lives, ready to take it out on you. But in this case, I think you did win. The internet exploded with rage at Elizabeth Lauten and in defense of you. People have suggested she should lose her job, be exiled to a desert island, and other harsh recommendations that I won’t print here. Many have pointed out how appropriate you both looked as the teenagers you are — “normal” is what a few have said.

And while there isn’t anything normal about the life you are living right now, you still can be. An adult woman attacking you the way she did is despicable. Take it for what it is and be glad you are the smart and well-adjusted girls you are. And if you ever see Elizabeth Lauten sitting at bar dressed like the teenager she isn’t…just walk past and resist the temptation to say something snarky to her. Trust me, you’re light years ahead of her.


http://booksbypattidavis.com/dear-sasha-and-malia/#more-982

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Reply A letter from Patti Davis to Sasha and Malia (Original post)
ehrnst Dec 2014 OP
mtasselin Dec 2014 #1
hlthe2b Dec 2014 #2
marble falls Dec 2014 #3
hexola Dec 2014 #4
ScreamingMeemie Dec 2014 #6
hexola Dec 2014 #7
Skidmore Dec 2014 #10
blackcrowflies Dec 2014 #21
okaawhatever Dec 2014 #37
pansypoo53219 Dec 2014 #48
rhett o rick Dec 2014 #62
lamp_shade Dec 2014 #5
calimary Dec 2014 #65
Cha Dec 2014 #70
hexola Dec 2014 #8
mainer Dec 2014 #11
hexola Dec 2014 #12
CatWoman Dec 2014 #19
hexola Dec 2014 #22
Maedhros Dec 2014 #44
Hekate Dec 2014 #43
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DeSwiss Dec 2014 #13
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mainer Dec 2014 #17
hexola Dec 2014 #20
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Hekate Dec 2014 #42
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ScreamingMeemie Dec 2014 #51
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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:37 AM

1. Thank You

Thank you Patti, you are still very classy unlike Ms. Lauten. Some people are calling for her to be fired I am not one of them, the other side shows their bigotry everyday. There was no need or reason for Ms. Lauten to take the low road other than it comes to them to easy and natural.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:37 AM

2. Good on Patty Davis. Like her brother Ron, she has class..

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:45 AM

3. Great advice. Good post.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:45 AM

4. Is this misogyny? Age shaming?

 

"...dressed like the teenager she isn’t…just walk past and resist the temptation to say something snarky to her. Trust me, you’re light years ahead of her"


But apparently, Davis isn't?

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Response to hexola (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:50 AM

6. I think the word you were looking for is misogyny.

And no, it isn't.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:52 AM

7. Thanks and why not?

 

She shames her for her age...

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Response to hexola (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:07 AM

10. You need a dictionary perhaps...or

the Google machine.

And the very real state of womanhood in America currently is to try to preserve the illusion that you are much younger than you actually are. Check out any fashion magazine or women's magazine. Take note of the ads for Lifelift and whatever other techniques or procedures guilting women into putting down major dollars to erase wrinkles. Elizabeth Lauten is hardly aged, but I will say her snarky attack reminded me of what many girls in high school did--belittle others to make themselves feel better. Unfortunately, some do not outgrow it.

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Response to hexola (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:40 AM

21. she shames her for having no taste

 

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Response to hexola (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:01 PM

37. I think her point is that Ms. Lauten is acting like a teenager, not a woman of her age and would be

dressed accordingly. That is what I understood it to mean. Ms. Lauten's Facebook post was very "Mean Girls", if you don't understand the reference to Mean Girls you'll have to watch the movie.

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Response to hexola (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:49 PM

48. patty is calling the GOP idiot immature. and the obama daughters mature.

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Response to hexola (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:22 PM

62. Oh the irony. You are doing exactly what she is railing about. nm

 

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:49 AM

5. Thank you. I shared this on facebook. n/t

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:36 PM

65. So did I!

I've been lambasting that little GOP so-&-so all day. I LOVE how she's been slammed all over the internet. Stunk up the joint so bad even the republi-CONS couldn't excuse it. Now THAT'S saying something! Even they couldn't find a way to be okay with it. And it was an attempt to smack around something else directly related (indeed) to President Obama, no less.

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 01:55 AM

70. I wrote a comment on Patti's page at the link.. good idea about sharing it on FB, lamp_shade!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:58 AM

8. Sorry - I think this stinks...using the presidents daughters to sell books!

 

If it were a real letter - it might be ok - but this is social media advertisement for her books.

Latuen and Davis are both guilty of using the daughters for their own gain.

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Response to hexola (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:12 AM

11. It's her official website. It's where she normally blogs.

Where else should she post the letter, on Facebook?

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Response to mainer (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:15 AM

12. In an envelope.

 

If she genuinely thought she had some sage advice for the girls, write them a letter.

Why do we need to know about?

Answer: Because it drives traffic to her website and sells books.

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Response to hexola (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:38 AM

19. do you stay awake at night thinking about shit to be outraged about?

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:42 AM

22. Not sure this reaches the level of outrage...just stinks.

 

nt

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Response to hexola (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:13 PM

44. You must be real fun at parties...

 

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:02 PM

43. Catwoman



Couldn't resist.

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:56 PM

49. Post of the year.

Thanks.

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Response to hexola (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:32 PM

52. she doesnt force you

to buy a book, you look and say..nope, no books but good point. Thats how blogs work, you seem madder at Pattie than the skank that dissed the first kids.

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Response to hexola (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:16 AM

13. Did you even look at the website?

 

- Don't answer. It was meant to be rhetorical.



Geeze.....

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:20 AM

14. Yes - Left column, ads for 3 books.

 

Are you sure you looked at the website?

Maybe you're on a cellphone or tablet.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:32 AM

17. Yes I did. Like many other authors' sites, it's where she posts a blog

It includes posts on a number of topics, from Presidential children to current events. It includes links to her books -- as any good author website does.

And for all you know, she did send the letter in an envelope to the White House.

I'm glad she posted it in a public place -- it was worth sharing with everyone.

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Response to mainer (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:40 AM

20. Its called "booksbypattidavis.com"

 

Its a retail site - She uses blogging to drive traffic to her site to sell books.

And that's fine. That's how social media works in our economy...

She's even a Amazon affiliate! Making a little extra on top!

God Bless America and Merry Christmas Patti!

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Response to hexola (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:18 PM

46. Are you aware that any number of DUers are also bloggers and have websites related ...

....to making an honest living? We have any number of published authors and at least one deejay here -- look for the links.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #46)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:03 PM

61. You are correct.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:13 PM

66. I can't reply to schema thing's hidden message, but I'll endorse it here.

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Response to hexola (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 06:51 PM

58. First you thought she took a mysognistic shot at the idiot....

....now you don't like it because you think it's self-promoting.

Are we going to get to your real reasons soon?

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Response to hexola (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:53 AM

71. Is this you, Ms Lauten?

Wow ... this is the age of social media and blogs. Patti Davis didn't post this on DU, but on her own blog.

But I am glad that it was re-posted on DU.

After all, Patti is uniquely qualified to comment on this situation. She may have sent an even more personal note to the Obama daughters as well. But however she chose to comment, it is not for you to criticize her motives, IMO.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:02 AM

9. I'm surprised that so few of the angry responses to THAT WOMAN

have noted that her remarks were made even more heinous because she was really using the girls' outfits as a way into making equally nasty and unfounded comments about their parents, which she slipped in nearer the end. Not just the POTUS, but the First Lady as well. Her remarks weren't at all political, but entirely personal.

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:46 AM

32. She didn't want to say they looked like ho's, this is race related.

Everything related to the President or his family these people say is veiled in race. They say "don't play the race card" well it is hard when they are constantly using it as the wild card in their poker game.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:22 PM

67. when pukes start going an about "those black people using the race card"

I want to hurl.

You can be sure that any finger-wagging they do at others is in full denial of their own repulsive behavior.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:27 AM

15. All else aside.. "peasanty" ?

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Response to RedCappedBandit (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:36 AM

18. That's what that trend was called in the 80s, by us poor girls and rich girls alike.

It has nothing to do with the family she was born into.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:48 AM

34. Maybe originated with flashdance -

big hair, off the shoulder, and leg warmers. Everyone wore that ...

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 06:11 PM

56. Weird!

Before my time, so I had no idea.

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Response to RedCappedBandit (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:23 PM

47. Popular in the late 60s, too. I loved the look, but made my own outfits.

Long full skirt, tightly-sashed or broad-belted at the waist, somewhat poofy sleeves, dangly necklaces.

Oh to be young again.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:30 AM

16. A purported photo of Elizabeth Lauten, partier

I found it over among the comments on the Telegraph website.

https://twitter.com/TomAdelsbach/status/539188766901284866/photo/1

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Response to mainer (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:43 AM

23. interesting if that's an actual photo of her

 

Weren't the Bush girls, being held up as role models compared to the Obama girls, notorious for being drunk.

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Response to blackcrowflies (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:48 PM

36. there was a rumour at the time that the secret service code names for the bush

twins were "gin" and "tonic".

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Response to mainer (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:51 AM

24. she prayed after that party

Jesus forgave her.

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Response to mainer (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:16 AM

26. Lauten is paying for her vile comments as this pic is going viral..

actually, I do not know if going viral--but I have seen it a few times today already.

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Response to mainer (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:06 PM

38. The photo looks very much like a younger Lauten. She's lost some weight and had her teeth

whitened/hair dyed but it very much looks like her. I hope this pic goes viral. Everyone retweet!!!

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Response to mainer (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:49 PM

41. Okay....

 

So THIS:



Came from THIS:



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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

25. Interesting how Patti and Ron were always liberals despite their parents

 

I attribute some of it at least to their attending the John Thomas Dye School. A more nurturing liberal environment would be hard to find.

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Response to cali (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:34 PM

40. Patti and Ron have always seemed like very nice, down-to-earth people

 

who are very smart, compassionate and generally good folks. They fell about as far from the tree as it is possible to get.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:29 AM

27. Excellent response

That woman got her fifteen minutes of fame(shame). I wonder if she lives in a right-wing bubble and did not realize how out of touch with reality she actually was.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:31 AM

28. THIS:

There will always be bitchy people sitting at their keyboards, seething with anger at their own lives, ready to take it out on you.


EXACTLY.
This describes the Obama haters to a T.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:36 AM

29. remarkable

thank you for posting this BEAUTIFUL letter
I am going to save it and share

peace,
kp

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 10:41 AM

30. It takes very strong lips to hold a beer bottle in your mouth like this.....

 

...not to mention, a lot of class. You'll notice, no spillage on her Côté Décolletage.

- She has ''finishing school'' written all over her.....



K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #30)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:07 AM

33. Is that real?

It looks photoshopped. LOL. But of course she and her defenders will come back and say she wasn't living in the White House.

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Response to Catherine Vincent (Reply #33)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:54 AM

35. I thought the bottle in the mouth looked like a photoshop as well.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #35)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:51 PM

68. The drawn-in cheeks point to some kind of similar activity there- maybe it isn't photoshopped.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #30)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 07:41 PM

59. WTF is she doing?

 

Advertising BJ's?

I'm reminded of that compliment: She could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch!!!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:23 PM

39. What an amazingly concise nugget of wisdom this letter is.

 

I'd never been too familiar with her, but she seems quite brilliant. K&R

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 02:58 PM

42. Heartwarming and real. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other POTUS' daughters...

... Reached out as well, each in her own way.

Kudos to Patti Davis.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 03:16 PM

45. There's also a big difference between Patti Davis and Sasha/Malia

 

Patti was a full-grown adult at the time of that event she was referring to. Both Sasha and Malia are still in high school.

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Response to adieu (Reply #45)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:15 PM

50. Is Sasha even in high school, yet?

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Response to deurbano (Reply #50)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:19 PM

51. No.

13

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 04:43 PM

53. I could care less how the WH teenagers are dressed. Since Day One,

my main prayer for them (and their parents too), has been that they stay safe and happy.

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Response to truedelphi (Reply #53)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 05:42 PM

55. Well, when they are in some sort of representative capacity

as in this instance - "the first family, " I do care what they're dressed like.

And, they're clothes are absolutely fine, and they look adorable. I don't think I've ever seen them dressed inappropriately.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 06:43 PM

57. Very classy & gracious of Patti to write this -- I hope Sasha & Malia read it.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 08:02 PM

60. That was nice of her, as a member of a First family she knows exactly how it is. nt

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:09 PM

63. Mahalo ehrnst.. I'll read this later.. I know I like it already!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 09:14 PM

64. Patty's A-ok

Read her book about dealings with the old man when he got truly sick - it's a good one. She admits in numerous passages that he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, as we all know.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 01:52 AM

69. "There will always be bitchy people sitting at their keyboards, seething with anger at their own..

lives, ready to take it out on you."

Perfect from Patti Davis! I commented at the link.

Mahalo again, ehrnst

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