Okay, so I watched it. So sue me; I couldn’t resist.
And I am here to declare that, in the Todd Palin interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox, it has been conclusively determined that Todd Palin, First Dude of Alaska, is every bit as attractive as his wife. And that’s mighty attactive.
It’s not often that Presidential politics offers us such an opportunity. Maybe for the guys, yes (I seem to recall a lot of heavy breathing over the Bush twins). But for us ladies the pickings have been rather slim in this regard—despite the fact that, with Bill Clinton’s election, many women reported dreaming about sexually charged encounters with the new and somewhat hunky President (read Dreams of Bill for the details).
Now that has all been remedied. Todd Palin is not just somewhat hunky, he’s exceedingly hunky. In this way, as in so many others, the Palin family is relentlessly equal opportunity despite its conservatism: cheesecake for the men (Sarah), beefcake for the women (Todd).
Todd (I can call him Todd; he said he preferred it to “Mr. Palin,” “First Dude,” or “First Gentleman”) also seems to be an extraordinarily nice guy, almost preternaturally calm. Okay, maybe he comes across as a mite dull, but I forgive him. And I’ll bet he’s a lot more funny in real life; there were a few flashes of a somewhat wicked (as we say in New England) sense of humor even during the Van Susteren interview. It may sound like an oxymoron, but in many respects he reminds me of a masculine Laura Bush—a very masculine Laura Bush, that is.
Todd seems to take the couple’s current media scrutiny in stride. He clearly has no trouble with his wife’s achievements, although his bio indicates he lacks a college degree himself. No envy there, though; he’s a success in his own right: in the oil fields as a production supervisor and then operator, on his boat as a commercial fisherman, on his snow machine as a champion racer, in the air as a pilot.
Of Sarah, he says that even early on “I knew she was destined for higher things.” He thought she’d become some sort of professional, but not necessarily a politician because—and this is a surprise—she was shy.
By now you all must know what Todd Palin looks like. So I’m offering something different; a photo of the couple around the time they got married in 1988:
Oh, why not—here’s a recent one, too. I was looking for Todd on the oil rig or in the snow machine or the airplane, but no dice. So I settled for one that shows his Laura Bush side. Like fine wine, Todd ages well: