Heinz Kerry Speech Said To Crystallize Portrait As "Oddball"
In his Washington Post column, Howard Kurtz notes that while "a few pundits defended" Teresa Heinz Kerry "as refreshingly unorthodox, her moment in the FleetCenter spotlight seemed to crystallize the media portrait of her as a bit of an oddball. ...It began in earnest after a 2002 Washington Post profile in which she referred to the late senator John Heinz, who died in a 1991 plane crash, as 'my husband.' A Newsweek cover story in May was headlined 'Is John Kerry's Heiress Wife a Loose Cannon or Crazy Like a Fox?'" Heinz Kerry "has also been criticized for looking bored and distracted during his speeches, and a photo of her wincing when he tried to kiss her was widely published."
In her New York Times column, Joyce Purnick writes that Heinz Kerry "has no patience for Stepford-like pretense, many who know her have said. Will her sharp elbows and jutted lip fly with an electorate that admires the modest Laura Bush? Not likely. ...It's a game called politics, and Mrs. Heinz Kerry has loudly signaled that she really does not want to play."