During an otherwise heavy day of grilling in his attorney general confirmation hearing, Sen. Jeff Sessions was asked a much lighter question — and was caught by his wife in a bit of a fib.
Sen. John Cornyn asked Sessions:
Sen. Sessions, I know the nature of these confirmation hearings is that people pick out issues that they are concerned about, or where there may be some good faith disagreement on policy and that is what they focus on. But let me just ask you, maybe it is not a great analogy, but let me try anyway.
You’ve been married to your wife, Mary, almost fifty years, right?
Sessions replied, “Well, it hasn’t gotten to fifty yet. Forty-seven. Soon to be forty-eight.”
Cornyn noted, “Well, that is a good run,” and Sessions replied “Let it continue. I have been blessed.”
That’s when Cornyn asked the million dollar question: “Are there occasions when you and your wife disagree?”
Sessions, whose wife was seated behind him, insisted: “No, senator.”
As the room erupted in laughter, the most telling laugh came from Sessions’ wife Mary, whose reaction said it all.
An individual reminded Sessions that he was under oath to which he noted: “Wait a minute, I’m under oath. On occasion, we do. Yes.”
Cornyn then continued: “Well, do you think it would be fair to characterize the nature of your relationship with your wife based upon those handful of disagreements that you have had with her over time.”
Sessions appreciated the point: “That is a good point. Thank you for making it. No, I don’t.”
Another question from Cornyn for Sessions involved the “happy wife, happy life,” theory: “Well, and to your original point: Your wife is always right. Correct.”
Without skipping a beat, Sessions replied: “That is correct,” and Cornyn reminded him again, “You are under oath.”
Take a look at the humorous exchange below:
In an otherwise very heavy day of grilling, this was surely a much-needed break in the tension. God bless the Sessions’ — 47 years of marriage is something to celebrate and hopefully they have many more happy years ahead of them.