August 1, 2010

The Wedding Within the War: God bless and God speed


The political wedding of the decade is over. Elsewhere there's a low rumble of ranting about "the cost," "the timing," the "elitism," and -- as usual -- "the hypocrisy [!]" of it all.

To which I say only: So. What? Their money. Their choice. Their only daughter's wedding. Everyone else can just sit down.

She looks beautiful. He looks like a nice guy. They look like they are in love.

And the family never, but never, looked better -- or happier.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 1, 2010 10:03 AM
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He looks like an honest man. She looks happy.

Hopefully, there was a "forsaking all others" clause in the marriage contract...

Posted by: newton at August 1, 2010 10:31 AM

Good Luck, God Speed.

Seems like my entire life, marriage has been a crap shoot.

May fortune smile on the happy couple.

Posted by: TmjUtah at August 1, 2010 10:43 AM

Ditto to everything you wrote, with one emendation. To spend multiple millions of dollars on the wedding would be unobjectonable if Hillary had not recently sent out a begging letter to her email and mailing list asking for more donations to retire her 2008 campaign debt.

Just seems a little incongruous, is all.

However, you bet I did not get one of those letters, so no harm, no foul, I suppose.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 1, 2010 10:48 AM

I would want to agree, except that I see this wedding as more ammunition against the ruling elites. Unfair? Over the top? I. Don't. Care.

Any and all things that are perceived as excess by those who would rob us blind is fair game. The much-maligned 'W' spent 1/30th of the Clintons' amount on his daughter's wedding (Jenna) held at his ranch. These folks are among the vanguard of those who wish to punish others for enjoying a fraction of their own material success.

Also, "their" money? The Clintons' have spent their entire adult lives in public service, yet managed to make $110 million over the last decade. How does that happen? Where's our (and Arkansas citizens') share for the taxpayer investment we made on those two parasites? Even their daughter makes twice the income she would have had she been someone else's "little girl."

Sorry to rain on your graciousness parade, but for some reasons, oh, I don't know, high unemployment, deficits through the roof, deliberate efforts to diminish America, a foreign policy partly spearheaded by the bride's incompetent mother . . . etc, for some reason I'm feeling small-minded, petty, and mean-spirited.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 1, 2010 11:38 AM

What is wrong with this picture?

The groom is dressed like a pious Jew, wearing a kippa (skull cap) and a tallit (prayer shawl).

On the other hand, it is full sunshine, therefor well before sunset on Saturday, the Sabbath. A Jewish marriage cannot be validly contracted* on the Sabbath.

*An indespensible part of the marriage is a written contract called the ketubah which is signed by two witnesses.

Under Jewish law, spouses may not engage in marital relations if the ketubah has been lost or destroyed.

P.S. Bill lost a lot of weight. How did he do it. He didn't look this skinny after his bypass.

Posted by: Fat Man at August 1, 2010 12:11 PM

May they be as happy as Bill and Hillary.

Posted by: james wilson at August 1, 2010 12:28 PM

We've lost the art of blessing others. Comes from the climate of resentment and envy. Happiness cannot be news, I guess.

Posted by: Jaye at August 1, 2010 12:40 PM

Thank you. I wholeheartedly agree.

Posted by: Mrs Whatsit at August 1, 2010 1:04 PM

May they both be free from meddlesome inlaws...and outlaws.

Posted by: Jewel at August 1, 2010 2:43 PM

Posted by: reliapundit at August 1, 2010 3:54 PM

Hi, the Grinch is back.

I can see that almost everyone has chosen to be gracious and good-spirited about "The Wedding."

Nevertheless, I'm not the least bit chastened. $3 mil on a wedding that is at least partly stolen money is not something to celebrate.

I hope this is one more thing that people will remember at the polls come November.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 1, 2010 4:01 PM

I've gone back and forth on this for days now. When I heard the flowers cost 1/2 a mil, I was pretty disgusted and actually looked up the pictures of Jenna's wedding because I remembered it being so classy and down-home and the wedding party appearing so sincere and happy. A backyard barbecue with style - not at all ostentatious.

Then I saw the pictures from the Clinton wedding and thought, although ostentatious (venue looks like Versailles), the family did appear happy and sincere. I was depressed immediately to see the groom is Jewish, just because the future of Judaism is so dependent on Jews marrying Jews and I'm assuming Chelsea isn't converting and so neither of them really takes their religion very seriously. Which, I guess, means the marriage doesn't really hurt Judaism one way or another.

And finally, after learning the groom's father has done time for misusing other people's money, I've concluded the two families have a lot in common and the couple should be at least as happy and successful as Billary. Mazel tov! Whatever.

Posted by: Western Chauvinist at August 1, 2010 5:39 PM

Good old fashioned triumphal libertinism. Welcome to the New World. Be it ever so predictable. That's all I've got to say.

Posted by: Mizz E at August 1, 2010 6:31 PM

I do not begrudge anyone spending as much of their own money as they want on an only daughter's wedding. The setting is beautiful, Chelsea's dress is beautiful and the groom is a hunk. My Mother, who thought all overt ostentation tacky and low class, would have considered $3 million over-the-top ostentatious.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at August 1, 2010 7:02 PM

Is it just me. Am I the only one that sees this as the merger of the Arkansas Hillbillies with Wall Street? Is it not emblematic of our times? The poor folks from the Ozarks reach the pinnacle of wealth and acceptance. An abandoned boy from Hawaii makes it to the peak of power? Rags to riches?

The ostentatiousness is, however, even more gauche than the storied days of the luscious Liz Taylor and Burton.

Oh well, take heart. Some one made some money and jobs (however temporary) were created. Best wishes and good luck to the bride and groom. I have a feeling they will need it.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at August 1, 2010 7:34 PM

Folks, take a step back from politics. Take a deep breath and remember your wedding day. Can you wish some part of the joy that you felt on that day to these two human beings? Can you not say a prayer to our Gracious Father to watch over and guide them, to bring them through the difficult days that are bound to come, to provide them some measure of the Grace that you have enjoyed? Time enough for politics tomorrow. Today, please, for your own sake if not for theirs, wish them well. And God Bless you, Gerard, for your kindness and insight.

Posted by: Kurt at August 1, 2010 8:03 PM

I agree!

I have never been a fan of the Clintons but I think they raised a fine daughter and I'm happy they had a beautiful day celebrating their child's marriage.

Chelsea looked lovely - it looked like a beautiful ceremony. I wish them a lifetime of happiness and blessings.


Posted by: Deana at August 1, 2010 8:38 PM

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I will be charitable and say that Chelsea is looking her best here, as any bride would wish to be on her wedding day. And my feelings about the wedding can be summarized by "None of my business."

Posted by: Grizzly at August 1, 2010 11:27 PM

I would be more charitable if this was not the class that deigns to lecture me on my greedy and wasteful lifestyle.

Howevever - no one at that wedding will ever know my opinion let alone know I exist, so its all good, I suppose.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 2, 2010 8:07 AM

I think people would be less grumpy about the money spent on Chelsea's wedding if the mother of the bride had not been prone to saying things like, "We have to take away your money for the common good" or whatever it was she said.

Posted by: ak4mc at August 2, 2010 8:16 AM

The tragedy is that the girls father, Webster Hubbel couldn't attend.

Posted by: Idaho Spud at August 3, 2010 10:07 PM

Fat Man -

Considering Mr. Mezvinsky was marrying a non-Jewish woman, I don't think he was all too concerned about whether or not he was properly following Jewish law and custom. Never mind that under Jewish law and custom, the bride being not Jewish, this would not qualify as a marriage altogether, and thus none of the other laws and customs would even apply.

To put it another way, while eating a roast-beef-and-cheese sandwich violates the prohibition of eating dairy and meat together, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich does not.

Posted by: Yackums at August 4, 2010 1:43 AM