Why Holly Petreaus Is No Richard Gere

They invented Miss Clairol with women like Holly Petreaus in mind.

Nothing screams middle-aged faster than a head of gray, which is why any time I see a picture of Holly there’s a twinge of pity similar to what I feel when I see an old black dog with a snowy face hobbling along.

Men, unjustly, can pull off the salt and pepper look and still look sexy in a dignified, scholarly way.  A shock of white on a man’s head and we assume class and intelligence.  Not so for the ladies.

I have no doubt that Holly was a good, dutiful wife, and it was because of her love and support that her husband flew up the ranks.  But with that boxy, gray bob – and did she have to compound matters by adding bangs? – she clearly underestimated the importance of a good dye job.

This is not to imply that being well coiffed prevents infidelity.  Silda Spitzer and Eli Nordegren can tell you that.  (Dina McGreevey doesn’t count.)  But it will keep you from being the target of a Saturday Night Live skit.

If the four-star general’s wife were my BFF, I’d staged an intervention and tell her the truth:  You’re no Richard Gere or Anderson Cooper, Hol.

I then check her into a good Madison Avenue hair salon.

3 responses to “Why Holly Petreaus Is No Richard Gere

  1. lifeandothermisadventures

    Maybe you’re just trying to be funny, but lot more class and style than either her philandering husband or his mistress.

    • lifeandothermisadventures

      That was supposed to say: I think Holly Petraeus has a lot more class and style than either her philandering husband or his mistress.

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