Week In Review
Terrorism Loses Its Mojo, Richard Branson Gets Iced
Biography.com has launched a new feature we're calling "Week in Review," which highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, or magnanimous gaffes.
While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Hope Floats: Observing 1 Year of Bin Laden’s Death & The Rise of 1 WTC
There’s been a lot of encouraging news on the anti-terrorist front this week. Not only did May 2nd mark the one-year anniversary of the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it was also revealed through newly released documents that he was peeved at the instability and infighting in his terrorist network and its affiliates.
Coincidentally, right as terrorism seems to be losing its mojo, this week also marks the completion of One World Trade Center, which proudly stands at 1767 feet and is now the tallest building in New York City. Although it took over a decade to build, it’s arguably the first building that's gotten heaps of TLC from construction workers. And those hard-hatted guys don't reveal their hearts that easily.
A Straight Mess: Mitt Romney’s Openly Gay Foreign Policy Spokesperson Resigns
Mitt Romney is in a pickle now that his foreign policy spokesperson Richard Grenell resigned this week, allegedly out of frustration that his position was getting the muzzle due to Romney’s fear of conservative pundits attacking him for hiring an openly gay man.
While numerous outlets are blasting Romney for his poor handling of the controversy, one media outlet described the situation in this way: “The whole incident reeks of a high school cafeteria: The football captain might be nice to a dorky childhood friend in private, but the kid with less clout knows to keep his distance on campus, where everyone is watching. But these are adults, and Grenell is no dork.”
Although Grenell announced he was resigning for hyperpartisan attacks on his sexual orientation, Romney's constituents assert that Grenell's openly gay status was never an issue for them and that they actually begged him to stay. Furthermore, they say that Grenell had dug his own grave by damaging his reputation with the press when he previously worked at the U.N.—not to mention his over 800 misogynistic tweets (that they asked him to delete) about high-profile women, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Calista Gingrich.
Either way, it seems the only people who are high-fiving each other in this sordid mess are the anti-gay conservative pundits.
Ice Ice Branson: Chill Out, Drink, & Fly With Richard Branson
In celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s new inflight bars, Upper Class passengers are now being offered “Little Richard” ice cubes, so they can have the luxury of drinking with the dashing billionaire boss man.
"While Richard would love to be able to sit and enjoy a drink with all of our passengers, his schedule means that it simply isn't possible," Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Officer Steve Ridgway announced in a statement. "Now he is able to join our guests 'in spirit.' "
According to reports, it took four designers six weeks to create the ice cubes in Sir Richard’s likeness, and by the looks of it, they did an eerily good job…we can’t help but wonder, though, what some passengers will be thinking when they start crunching down on his head. Kind of a weird feeling, no?
Size Matters: Jessica Simpson Has Finally Given Birth
Mothers from around the country exhaled when Jessica Simpson, 31, finally gave birth to an almost 10-lb. baby girl named Maxwell Drew Johnson on May 1. While some thought Simpson had a beautiful pregnancy glow about her as the months wore on to her delivery, naysayers wondered if she was competing with the Octomom…or that she would simply explode.
Like almost anything she does, the TMI Texan was the subject of tabloid fodder throughout the course of her pregnancy as she grew to a size that was apparently more uncomfortable for some folks than it was for her. Simpson’s massive weight gain was the source of controversy on various talk shows, but now that she’s given birth, it seems that some people are now irked by her giving her daughter a boy’s moniker.
It seems the Fashion Star judge just can’t get a break even after her water breaks, but at least for her sake, she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank: Simpson has reportedly signed a $3 million dollar deal with Weight Watchers. She better start counting those points—because we're sure her critics will.
It’s Shoe Time: Joan Crawford, Hoarders Edition
A photo surfaced this past weekend of Joan Crawford in her closet…and no, there weren’t any wire hangers. Instead, the photo shows Joanie in her shoe closet, revealing she's a hoarder of sorts, or as Vanity Fair would like to so elegantly describe it: Miss Crawford is having a total Carrie Bradshaw moment.
Governor / 1947 -
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a run for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, losing to John McCain. He made another run for the presidency in 2012, but was defeated by President Barack Obama.