Not only did he marry time and time again , but he peppered just about all of his guests with a barrage of questions about their marital status and aspirations - especially if they were single. With Professor Condoleezza Rice as one of his first guests, he would surely tip his own hand. Would he, too, turn out to be a matrimaniac or would we see something a little less tired and worn?
I'll give him this - he waited until the very last segment of the show to bring on the matrimonial inquisition. But then he spent that entire segment on it, and teased it with this: How have you avoided being snared in the marital trap?
You find someone that you'd like to be married to. She responds graciously to each you can read the full transcript here - go to the end to find the marriage discussion. I'm focusing on some of Morgan's questions because I think they are telling: How close have you come?
Do you hold out hope? Did you dream of a fairy tale wedding? If I was going to woo you I couldn't imagine you ever being a sort of subservient wife. I'd imagine you'd be quite tough. Are you high maintenance? So if you were cooking me a meal - what would you cook as a special kind of? You sound like the dream woman.
What ambitions do you have left? So look, ten years time, you can either be the first female president, or you can be happily married to a hunky NFL football player. With a nod and an invitation to object to all the readers who will think I'm misinterpreting this, here's what I see as going on. Piers Morgan establishes that Rice is not married, so he wants to know if she has come close. Then he asks how many times she has come close, whether she has dreamed of the fairy tale wedding, and whether she still holds out hope.
I think he wants to know whether she is in the marriage game. Using the framing to which we are accustomed here at Living Single, he wants reassurance that she's not single at heart.
She assures him, in response to one question after another, that she likes marriage, she came close to getting married, and she still hopes to be married. In her response to Morgan's first question, Rice had said that she "expected to grow up and get married like any nice Southern girl. Having established that Rice is going to tow the party line on marriage, Morgan's next set of questions, I think, are aimed at investigating the next issue - if you are into marriage, but you are in your 50s and have never been married, what's going on?
That's what I read into his lines of questioning about whether she resists being subservient, whether she would be "quite tough," and whether she is "high maintenance.
Rice denies all of the assumptions about what she must be like, except the one about the subservient wife - no, she would not fit that particular description. As for getting to choose between being the first female president or being happily married to a hunky NFL football player, I'll let all of you throw your own darts at that one. Here's how Rice responded: I love being a university professor.
I know that's hard to believe. I know it's hard for people in Washington to believe, because Washington is very much its own conversation. But there is nothing better than being in a classroom with really, really brilliant students, and opening up new worlds to them in the way that a profession opened up new worlds to me.
That's what I love doing. I think Rice is saying that no, she is not married to an NFL football player or anyone else, but she does have love in her life. She has the kind of love that is not the stuff of fairy tales or romantic lyrics. It is the kind of love that sets your heart aglow by igniting the passions and widening the worlds of other people - not just one other person - day after day after day. You know what I think? I think Condoleezza Rice loves her single life. Maybe someday, in some interview, someone can pose that as a possibility.
A girl can dream.