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  •  What a wise, witty, winning way with words . . . (9+ / 0-)

    Ann Richards wasn't too shabby with 'em, either ;~}

    Thanks for a fun diary. I'm sure the book is great, with such a colorful tale to tell. I read a Molly Ivins biography a couple of years ago, and she was pretty winning, too.

    I googled for what the costume was, but couldn't find it. Guess I'll have to read the book. I did find this anecdote, from Molly Ivins:

    At a long-ago political do at Scholz Garten in Austin, everybody who was anybody was there meetin' and greetin' at a furious pace. A group of us got the tired feet and went to lean our butts against a table at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in a row were Bob Bullock, then state comptroller, moi, Charles Miles, the head of Bullock's personnel department, and Ms. Ann Richards. Bullock, 20 years in Texas politics, knew every sorry, no good sumbitch in the entire state. Some old racist judge from East Texas came up to him, 'Bob, my boy, how are you?"

    Bullock said, "Judge, I'd like you to meet my friends: This is Molly Ivins with the Texas Observer."

    The judge peered up at me and said, "How yew, little lady?"

    Bullock, "And this is Charles Miles, the head of my personnel department." Miles, who is black, stuck out his hand, and the judge got an expression on his face as though he had just stepped into a fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie's palm with one finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty, blonde, blue-eyed Ann Richards. "And who is this lovely lady?"

    Ann beamed and replied, "I am Mrs. Miles."

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 11:42:21 AM PDT

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