President and Mrs. Bush went to the 7:45 a.m. Sunday service May 6 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square, settling into a pew to hear church rector the Rev. Luis Leon preach about love, or more specifically eros — erotic or romantic love.
“All of us who are married ought to know about eros,” Mr. Leon said. “It’s what might be called ‘hot love.’ ”
At which point the designated White House pool reporter, Jon Ward of The Washington Times, wrote that he and the rest of the congregation were “now fully awake.”
“It’s not a bad thing,” stressed Mr. Leon, “but done by the wrong person, it can get you in a lot of trouble.” The rector then actually mentioned the infamous “D.C. madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who has spent recent days outing her extensive list of Washington clients.
“Here in Washington, D.C., a lot of people get in trouble on this one,” the rector noted.