Would-be First Lady Teresa Heinz Kerry wistfully relived her husband's 2004 defeat during a dinner to raise money for pro-choice female candidates. "I am not personally let down. I am let down for the country. I am let down for the world," she told a few dozen dinner guests at the Fifth Ave. penthouse of Democratic fund-raisers Jack Mayberry and Francesca Kress, who hosted the dinner on behalf of the WCF, formerly the Women's Campaign Fund. "I've been married to a politician since 1971. If you told me that I'd still be doing this at my age, I thought I would be knitting somewhere, eating scones and cream." Later, she confided to a fellow dinnergoer: "I miss those guys, the Secret Service. We're having a party for them in the garden this spring. The cowboys, someone else's cowboys now."
She's "let down for the country"!?!
But apparently not embarrassed by herself and the huge amount of dumb comments she made during her husband's campaign that helped him lose to President Bush in '04. Not that Kerry was going to win anyway, but his wife certainly didn't help the cause.
For Teresa's recollection (and yours) here are a few of her most notables:
- “Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while . . ." - Heinz's "advice" given at a hurricane relief center for the Caribbean in '04.
- “I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job - I mean, since she's been grown up.” - this insult was made towards 1st Lady, mother, former schoolteacher and former librarian Laura Bush, mere weeks before the election.
- Teresa says “only an idiot” would fail to support her husband’s health care plan. But Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal that “of course, there are idiots.”
- "You said something I didn't say. Now shove it" - Heinz's infamous retort to a reporter who dared to ask her for clarification on a comment she'd just made.