Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Sam Dillon of the New York Times gets the inside information on what the Secretary of Education is really like:
In 1997, she and her first husband divorced. She remarried in 2001 to Robert Spellings, a lawyer, and lives in Virginia, where one daughter, Mary, 17, attends a parochial high school and another, Grace, 12, is in a public school.She is also a soccer mom.
Her experience as a single mother sets her apart from other secretaries of education. Another characteristic that stands out is her irreverent wit. After President Bush chose her as his domestic policy adviser in 2001, a reporter asked her religion.
"Phonics," she replied. (She is an Episcopalian, she said last week.)