A Presidential Valentine; George Bush Is No Bill Clinton, Fortunately

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Byline: Julia Gorin, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

OK. Can we just take a Valentine's Day moment to talk about how sexy the president is? No, not the last one. This one. It feels frivolous and inappropriate to be saying this, but that's the point. Such talk should seem frivolous and inappropriate when one is talking about the leader of the free world. It's a sign that we have an actual executive in the White House.

I know what you're thinking: Mr. Bush? Dubya? Even he doesn't think he's sexy. Ladies, I know this isn't the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of George W. But that's just it. He's not interested. And that's attractive. They say a woman's sex appeal should be quiet and subtle. So ought a president's, assuming it should be there at all.

Unlike Mr. Clinton, who was sexy coming into office, George W. became sexy while in office. His appeal comes from doing his job well - his mind on the business at hand, and not his hand on someone's business.

When the first lurid details of the Lewinsky affair emerged, and we heard about the infamous Bosnia phone call, a female friend of mine said she thought it was "kind of cool." But it's not interesting if a man is all about sex to begin with, the way Bill Clinton was. Because then scandal becomes redundant. In Mr. Bush's case, talk of sex seems scandalous. Just the way you would want it to be with an American president and the leader of the free world. With Mr. Clinton, it would be a surprise and scandal if there were no sex. The difference is that you don't want to trivialize Mr. Bush's serious presidency, whereas Mr. Clinton's trivial presidency made this kind of talk serious.

Bill Clinton's sex appeal was obvious and cheap. One look at the swagger, the silvery hair and the slick baby blues, and nothing was left to the imagination. …