November 6, 2003
"The Reality You Have to Produce"

wrastlinrummy.jpgRemember that thick-necked, mouth-breathing jock who stuffed you in your locker every day in high school? Well, he's grown up to become the Secretary of Defense. According to the LA Weekly's eagle-eyed TV columnist, Brendan Bernhard, Donald Rumsfeld was spotted in the stands at the Freestyle World Championships Wrestling at Madison Square Garden. This is what Rummy said when asked by an ESPN2 interviewer if his experience as a wrestler "serve[s] you well in your work every day?":

It does... First of all, the friendships, the discipline, the reality that you have to produce and make a contribution. So I feel very fortunate that I was able to wrestle for all those years."

Bernhard expresses just the right level of skepticism about that "reality that you have to produce" part.

Earlier: Here's Midge Decter, speaking to The New Yorker's Larissa MacFarquhar about her steamy crush on Rumsfeld: "The key to him is that he is a wrestler. A wrestler is a lone figure. He battles one on one, and he either wins or loses. There is only one man on the mat at the end of a wrestling match. It is no accident, as the communists used to say, that he wrestled.' That, and he can produce reality.

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