Daily Archives: September 2, 2006

That Brooke Shields is a goddess, while Tom Cruise a no account carbon-based life form scarcely needs mentioning. But its indeed gratifying to see his PR recorvery attempt providing her with an occasion for cathode ray “face time.”

Brooke Shields says Tom Cruise has apologized for publicly criticizing her use of antidepressants after the birth of her first daughter.
The two had a public beef last year after the “Mission: Impossible III” star, echoing the position of Scientology, said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show that depression can be treated with exercise and vitamins rather than drugs.
The 41-year-old actress says Cruise apologized in person Thursday.
“He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology,” Shields said Friday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened.
“And through it all, I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was. And I didn’t feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.”

Which is a hell of a lot more than I would ever do should Cruise management insist he drop by my place to make amends for previously-noted transgressions.

(All together now–)


Cruise’s spokesman confirmed the celebrities made up.
“It is true that his friendship with Ms. Shields has been mended,” spokesman Arnold Robinson said in a statement. “He has not changed his position about antidepressants, which as evidenced by the black label warnings issued by the FDA on these types of drugs, are unhealthy.”
Shields, who wrote “Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression,” has dismissed the actor’s remarks as a “ridiculous rant” and “a disservice to mothers everywhere.”

As indeed they were.

Too bad the Beltway isn’t Hollywood and the American People as magnanimous as Brooke Shields. But this has to do with a lot more than the fact that Rummy isn’t Tom minus Oprah’s Couch

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reached out to Democrats yesterday, opening the door for them to retract their stinging indictment of him as Pentagon chief.
In a letter to Congress’s top Democrats, Rumsfeld said remarks he made Tuesday during a speech in Salt Lake City were misrepresented by the news media. Rumsfeld said he was “concerned” by the reaction of Democrats, many of whom called for his resignation and said he was treading on dangerous territory.
“I know you agree that with America under attack and U.S. troops in the field, our national debate on this should be constructive,” Rumsfeld wrote.

Do tell, Michelle!

In his speech before thousands of veterans, Rumsfeld said the world faces “a new type of fascism” and warned against repeating the pre-World War II mistake of appeasement. He alluded to critics of the Bush administration’s war policies in terms associated with the failure to stop Nazism in the 1930s, “a time when a certain amount of cynicism and moral confusion set in among the Western democracies.”
Without explicitly citing Bush critics at home or abroad, he said that “it is apparent that many have still not learned history’s lessons.” Aides to Rumsfeld said later he was not accusing the administration’s critics of trying to appease the terrorists but was cautioning against a repeat of errors made in earlier eras.

Which was why he was acusing the adminstrations critcs — which currently comprise well over 60% of the public — of trying to appease the terrorists.

“Thought and careful preparation went into what I said,” Rumsfeld wrote in the letter. “It is absolutely essential for us to look at lessons of history in this critical moment in the war on terror. I was honored by the reception my statements received from our veterans.”
Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff said the letter “reaffirms his Salt Lake City speech, and it suggests lawmakers who have criticized his remarks move beyond politics and read it for what it is.”

As indeed they have.

Democrats said yesterday that they stood by their remarks.
“We did read the speech, and he makes comparisons to World War II” that are unjustified, said Brendan Daly, spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). “He needs to explain that. We stand behind what we said.”
Pelosi had said: “If Mr. Rumsfeld is so concerned with comparisons to World War II, he should explain why our troops have now been fighting in Iraq longer than it took our forces to defeat the Nazis in Europe.”
“It’s always been clear what Secretary Rumsfeld said,” said Rebecca Kirszner, a spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.). “What’s not clear is that he has a strategy in Iraq and to keep America safe. This letter doesn’t change that.”
Senate Democrats are expected to meet next week to discuss several issues, including whether they will try to force a vote of no confidence on Rumsfeld. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has vowed to push legislation calling for Rumsfeld to resign.

Or maybe the Democrats should just have Sumner Redstone fire him.