POWER COUPLES….The crack investigative unit at the New York Times has some raw data for us today:
Since the start of 2005, the Clintons have been together about 14 days a month on average, according to aides who reviewed the couple’s schedules. Sometimes it is a full day of relaxing at home in Chappaqua; sometimes it is meeting up late at night. At their busiest, they saw each other on a single day, Valentine’s Day, in February 2005 ? a month when each was traveling a great deal. Last August, they saw each other at some point on 24 out of 31 days. Out of the last 73 weekends, they spent 51 together. The aides declined to provide the Clintons’ private schedule.
Now look. This is totally legitimate. The Clintons are a power couple, and the public has a right to know precisely how much, um, up-close time they have with each other. In fact, they’re lucky that a quality outfit like the Times did this research instead of some lunatic blogger.
I think all power couples should accept this kind of transparency, so I’m going to set an example. After a thorough review of our calendars, it looks like Marian and I spent 47 of 52 weekends together in 2005. We spend an average of 26 days together, and at our busiest, last February, we spent 18 days together. Valentine’s Day was one of them. In December we saw each other at some point on 31 out of 31 days. We often meet up late at night to watch Jon Stewart.