It should be a new rule of the campaign that Donald Trump is allowed to give speeches only with a member of the Christie family standing behind him and making faces. (One will do, but both are preferable.)
First, Chris Christie hung, albatross-like, around Trump’s neck as he spoke in Palm Beach, Fla.
And on Tuesday night, Mary Pat Christie’s facial expression behind Donald Trump, as he expressed why he would do well with women and Hillary Clinton would not, was beyond words.
This is different from her husband’s wordless cry. That was something the likes of which we had not seen before.
This, by contrast, is intensely familiar.
Mary Pat Christie is wearing the classic from the spring collection for the well-dressed Woman Who Must Stand Politely Near A Man While He Tells Her What Women Are Really Thinking. It comes standard with the Political Wife four-pack expression set, which also includes “Of Course The Weird Fried Thing Your Deli Makes Is Delicious, Constituent,” “No, No, This Is Definitely More Important Than My Own Job And It Is Good That I Am Here With All of You In This Wet Tent,” “You Just Got That Person’s Name Wrong, Dear” and the bonus, seldom-used doozy “Standing Uncomfortably Behind You While You Apologize To People Who Aren’t Me For Your Sex Scandal.”
Sure, this expression says. You’re talking now, I guess. Awesome. Wow. But if I object, I’m going to have to stand here even longer.
And it’s not the first time a female eye-roll has caught our attention. Before Mary Pat Christie, there was Michelle Obama’s 2013 eye-roll-heard-round-the-world at a joke by John Boehner. Sometimes, no matter how polite your mouth is being, your eyes cannot help themselves. Your body may be stuck here nodding politely, but your mind has to register its skepticism somehow.
You would think that after millennia together on Earth, men would be better at spotting this expression — or at least at telling it apart from a woman who is Listening Raptly And Hanging With Fervent Agreement On Your Every Word, but — no. (This disconnect is the secret to many successful marriages.)
This is the face of a woman who would rather not argue.
With her mouth, anyway. But the eyes have it.