August 24, 2005


Judge Roberts's family secret (Scot Lehigh, August 24, 2005, Boston Globe)

In introducing Roberts last month, President Bush mentioned the judge's wife and children, yet when the cameras panned to the family, his spouse stood alone.

Several networks soon aired troubling footage revealing why. Young Jack, the couple's 4-year-old son, had proved such a pint-sized pinball, ricocheting about so persistently as the president spoke, that his mother finally felt compelled to remove the kids from public view.

Now, daughter Josie, 5, was perfectly behaved, and Mrs. Roberts eventually did corral Jack, so there are evidentiary crosscurrents at play here. Still, the incident constitutes at least prima facie evidence that the Robertses could be members of a philosophical sect whose fusion of liberal and laissez-faire tenets should strike fear into the hearts of all reasonable Americans.

They might just be Doting Indulgent Modern Parents (DIMPIES).

There, alas, they would hardly be out of the American mainstream. On behalf of a dwindling contingent of (barely) sane adults, this space has occasionally lamented that US children too often behave like legions of little Grendels intent on visiting chaos upon the meadhall that is America.

It's revealing how deeply the Left resents the fact of the Roberts family.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2005 12:00 AM

If he has a way to stop a 4-year-old boy from behaving like "a pint-sized pinball", short of violence, I'd like to hear it.

Posted by: Brandon at August 24, 2005 12:44 PM

Did he want her to whip him with a belt in front of the President? Quite a a**, this Scot. (Is "Scot" his nationality or his name?. Most people are Scott.)

Posted by: Bob at August 24, 2005 12:56 PM

Yeah, rambunctious little boys are an entirely new phenomenon, or so I declared after my latest reading of The Ransom of Red Chief.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 24, 2005 2:11 PM