Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t seem to rattle easily.
Way back when he was merely being considered as Donald Trump’s running mate, the press was noting that Pence’s “unflappability” could be just what Trump needed.
In the very early days of the administration, the vice president was lauded for calming our allies in Europe.
Now, after enduring several days of being mocked for being conscientious about appearances out of respect for his marriage, the man who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency is demonstrating that he is in charge of his emotions.
The Washington Examiner reports that Pence was making light of the situation on Saturday while traveling and being away from his wife:
Mike Pence responded with a sense of humor to the criticism he’s faced since a recent profile on second lady Karen Pence included a comment the vice president made in 2002 about never eating alone with a woman other than his wife.
“Speaking of my wife Karen, she’s really sorry she couldn’t be with us today, she already had dinner plans,” Pence said Saturday while at an event in Columbus, Ohio.
The media seems determined to keep this story alive, for some reason. On Friday, The New Yorker featured a lengthy piece that employed a lot of social justice warrior phrases in an attempt to make the case that the mutual respect the Pence’s have for each other oppresses women:
Prophylactic gender separatism can be found in conservative strains of other religions, of course. In framing extramarital interaction with women as categorically dangerous, Pence has something in common with fundamentalist Muslims and Orthodox Jews. And the basic idea isn’t just the province of the devout or conservative—or even, really, the province of men.
On Saturday morning, Slate’s Will Saletan felt compelled to tweet this:
If you don't trust yourself to dine with a woman, the true path of self-restraint is not to take a job that involves managing or networking.
— Will Saletan (@saletan) April 1, 2017
Pence may not seem to be bothered by any of this — and he has plenty of people on his side, including his boss.