4-star general, 5-star grace

Posted on February 13, 2011. Filed under: Editorial |

Editor’s note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose books include “Late Edition: A Love Story” and “And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship.”

(CNN) — Graciousness can pay priceless dividends.

And it doesn’t cost a thing.

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
February 13, 2011 12:05 p.m. EST

You may have heard the story about what happened between White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli at a recent Washington dinner.

As reported by the website Daily Caller, Jarrett, a longtime Chicago friend of President Obama, was seated at the dinner when a general — later identified as Chiarelli, the No. 2-ranking general in the U.S. Army hierarchy, who was also a guest at the gathering — walked behind her. Chiarelli was in full dress uniform.

Jarrett, apparently only seeing Chiarelli’s striped uniform pants, thought that he was a waiter. She asked him to get her a glass of wine.

She was said to be mortified as soon as she realized her mistake, and who wouldn’t be? But the instructive part of this tale is what Chiarelli did next.

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My comments on the royal wedding..does Mr Greene agree?
Do you think this will be bigger and more widely watched than the wedding of Charles and Diana?
After all, there is chit chat that when this is all over, Her Majesty is putting Charles out to pasture with Camilla..she can’t be Queen, so he would do a deja vu of his great Uncle, Edward VIII, with Wallace Simpson..then, Her Majesty can abdicate(she can’t actually retire) and there you have it..King William saves the Monarchy from destruction/elimination. If you have seen the movie the Kings Speech, there are hints of this exact scenario in that movie.
If Charles becomes King, the Monarchy will totally disappear,period. The Brits have no love for him after what he did to Diana.
I’ll bet you will have some comments on this.
Best, thanks

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