Two Paths To Tammy Wynette

By Dan Kloeffler

Dec 21, 2011 5:57pm

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

So true, for the wives of political figures and media titans.

Take, for example, a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich. As he was about to approach the podium, a man jumped from his chair, toward Gingrich. He came within close reach of the candidate before security detail stepped in. Eventually, a whole group of protestors started shouting, and they were removed from the room. Gingrich brushed it off and moved on with his comments.

But what caught a lot of attention was his wife’s response, or lack thereof. Calista seemed to take it in stride, barely flinching as the scene unfolded.

Unlike another famous spouse caught off guard.

When Rupert Murdoch testified about the News Corp hacking scandal, a protestor tried to plant a shaving cream pie on the media mogul’s head. It was his wife, Wendi, who fearlessly sprang to her feet, dove over her husband and went after the attacker. Wendi’s heroics made headlines and the video went viral.

Two scenarios, two very different responses from the wives of powerful men. Which one followed Tammy Wynette’s instruction, “Stand by your man?” That depends. How hot was the water?

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