The image that the Davis people are putting out was exemplified by her willingness to play along with the Today show’s Maria Shriver under the theme #DoingItAll. Shriver went to Fort Worth and did a fawning piece on Davis’ life and career as an example of a woman who worked hard and overcame odds.
At one point the two of them stood outside the chain link fence around a trailer park where Davis once lived. She called it a “homecoming of sorts.” Wayne Slater’s story on Sunday clarified that Davis lived there for a few months before leaving to move in with her mother.
Shriver’s DoingItAll theme plays into the image Davis wants to mold — that she was a young mother AND a successful college student AND a Harvard law school student and graduate — all at the same time. They want you to think it was the domestic career and domestic juggling act of the century. Yet the chronology doesn’t cooperate, since she left her kids in Fort Worth with husband No. 2 and headed to Boston.
I’m not judging that, per se. Couples make their arrangements. If Davis hadn’t tried to put a different face on it, she wouldn’t have run into the buzzsaw she did over the weekend.