America's Weapon Of Mass Seduction

A frisky First Lady wins hearts and minds in France and Russia

When George W. Bush addressed the U.N. in New York City last month, the applause was tepid, the audience somber. When Laura Bush addressed UNESCO, the U.N.'s scientific and cultural offshoot, in Paris last week, the response was heady, enthusiastic. Sure, that's partly because she's a coiffed First Lady and not a controversial President--but the glowing response was also because Mrs. Bush spoke in the gentle, feminist language penned by consigliere Karen Hughes that U.N. types favor. At times she even sounded a bit like Hillary Clinton, saying that "learning empowers women to ask questions, to understand their rights and to...

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