To say I care about
But now, of course, I know who he is. He's the cousin of
Eleven years ago, he worked for "Access Hollywood," an aptly titled program that allows the hoi polloi to participate, at a distance, in the practice of what we will have to call "stellar fornication" for the benefit of the editors of family newspapers. He was assigned the task of interviewing
While sitting around on a bus, Bush giggled and guffawed as Trump told him: "You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women]." In the realm of confessions, this is about as shocking as saying, "When I'm thirsty, I like to drink water." There's ample confirmation in the social-science literature that heterosexual men are instantly attracted to beautiful women. The only pertinent question is how men act on the attraction. According to Trump -- and a growing number of women -- he just starts kissing and groping, because he can get away with it.
But we've heard plenty about that already. What I find bizarre is that Bush has been suspended from his job at "Today" for ... what? I don't really know. Was he supposed to slap Trump? Rip off his mic and say, "How dare you, sir?" Report him to the police?
Maybe he should have. I certainly would think better of Bush if he had. But I have to assume that when you're in the business of sucking up to celebrities in a cutthroat competition for prized "gets," one must listen to -- and see -- all manner of things that would offend decent, middle-class sensibilities. Fortunately, professional stellar fornicators are screened for such encumbrances early in their careers.
When Trump added that he had made sexual overtures to Bush's then-colleague,
And that's what I think is worth pausing to ponder. Celebrities serve as a kind of secular aristocracy in our culture, getting away with behaviors we would not tolerate from anyone else. Barbra Streisand reportedly demands that her staff not look her in the eye.
Sometimes the self-indulgence spills out of the category of mere arrogant eccentricity. Money alone doesn't account for what
Whether you believe some, none or all of the allegations against