Another Leak in Washington

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Yesterday we went to the Vice President's Residence to interview Lynne Cheney and, while the residence is quite magnificent, it can have some ordinary — very ordinary — problems. Over the last couple days, Washington has been literally drenched with rain and the streets are flooded and everything is wet — including the ceiling in the dining room of the vice president's home! Yes, they, too, have a leak (please, no leak jokes!) Mrs. Cheney showed me the water damage on the ceiling. It looks familiar: I have lived in homes with leaks before! Of course it will get repaired and the house will be restored to its beautiful state.

Incidentally, while the White House is rich in history and gorgeous, I imagine that life is a bit more peaceful living at the VP's residence. In the White House, the president has "family quarters" upstairs, but it does not seem particularly private to me. To get there, you have to go through the ground floor and on the ground floor are ceremonial rooms and offices, which means there are lots of people during many hours of the day. Of course the president is also gracious to all the tourists that come to the White House, so I imagine privacy is something he has to work to find.

The Vice President's Residence, on the contrary, is remote — it is in the middle of a large tract of land in D.C. and does not have all the offices and tourists. It is about two to three miles from the White House. The first vice president to live in the Vice President's Residence was Vice President Walter Mondale.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1 — this e-mail relates to Catherine Herridge and her infant son, Peter:

I wish the best to the beautiful baby; it is disconcerting, however, to have to look at the mother, as she is so underweight! That is actually gross and disgusting, probably the product of "healthy" eating.
Isabel Whittaker

ANSWER: Isabel, Catherine is not underweight — she is extremely fit. And because she is fit, she has come through her surgery with flying colors.

E-mail No. 2

I listen to your show all the time and I have to say something about the teacher having an affair with the 18 year old: I think you are all missing the boat on this one. Whether or not any of you agree or disagree with the law, it is the law. To not enforce it would only teach these students that if they think a law is not right, it is ok to break it. That is the real lesson here. If that law states that you can't do something, then you can't do it. If you don't like the law you can rally to change it but it not OK to decide for yourself that hey, 18 is old enough. It doesn't matter. The law says it does.
Now, as a side note, I am on your side, not the side of the panel. She is a teacher and should know better and be an example that you can't break the law.
Bobbi Sands

E-mail No. 3

Get off of it Greta. A 17-year-old student and 25-year-old teacher? Please. Give me a break. There are thousands of relationships going on like this everywhere. Media just seems to love the titillation of these relationships.
No big harm I see here, both are adults and it is just sex. Just ask the teacher to resign and go on, and stop making a mountain out of a molehill. This has went [sic] on for years.

E-mail No. 4

The bottom line is familiarity and the way the students dress. The teacher and other professional people when they introduce themselves say, "Just call me Jane or John" not "Mr." or "Mrs." or "Miss Jones." This leads to breaking down the authority line and now the teacher or professional person has tried to step into the role of buddy or friend. Also look at what the kids wear to school, pants only held up by the ting-a-ling or the girls wearing pants that show almost everything and the shirts, tank, or tops show everything. These are two of the reasons as well as the lax moral code of the 90s.
Jeanne Haisch
O’Fallon, IL

E-mail No. 5

I think we saw the "Women Are From Venus and Men Are From Mars" syndrome tonight. They just need to hire only mean-looking old men and women to teach teenagers that should cut down on such inappropriate behavior.
All the best,

E-mail No. 6

You keep harping about, “it’s a teacher – student thing and not so much an age thing”, well I agree and I would ask your male co-harts to think of it as an employer – employee thing. I cannot imagine any lawyer not jumping at the chance to take an employer to task in a lawsuit involving taking sexual favors from an employee, male or female. The employer just like the teacher has a certain advantage in these relationships. Surely, they would agree with this? But then again they are lawyers and agreeing is not in their nature.
If I were a superintendent of any school district or even on the school board, I think I would be passing a memo around the district stating that any teacher having sex with a student would be fired on the spot. Call it a Teacher’s ethics thing and a condition of employment. Would I be wrong?
Amarillo, TX

E-mail No. 7

Hey Greta,
Great tour of the vice president's quarters. More interestingly, you have found someone, Mrs. Lynne Cheney, who is shorter than you are. Of course, you know you are growing on all of us.
Have a good night,
John Bailey

E-mail No. 8

Guess what? I still agree with the guys re: teacher/older student not being a criminal case. However, I really am glad to see an interview with Lynne Cheney, a most fascinating and intelligent woman.
Good work, Greta,

I have tried to put the spotlight on teacher/student inappropriate relationships and what do I find? An article from my hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin — ugh — of course the "good news," it is actually not Appleton where the teacher taught:

15-year term for former Wrightstown teacher

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