Bret Kofford: The occasion of my letter is to express umbrage upon reading your opinion piece of Jan. 3. I found your characterization of Laura Bush as that of a "mannequin" to be offensive. Upon what wisdom do you draw?
Frankly, I think many great men of this century have had wives who did not compete with them for attention. I believe the widow of Martin Luther King was almost unknown until his tragic death, and although I believe Cesar Chavez had a wife, I can't recall her name and I wonder if many Hispanics could, either.
I've never seen the wives of astronauts gazing "googly-eyed" as you put it, at their heroic husbands, nor have I viewed the wives of Nobel Prize winners worshipfully gazing at their spouses. I wonder where Mrs. Billy Graham is when her husband receives international accolades. Who knows what Mrs. "Stormin' Norman" looks like?