Observing Sean Hannity "work a room" is like watching someone welcome a good friend into his home.
There is no glad-handing, no feigned interest in what his guest is saying, no forced smile.
Rather, there is a warm handshake, meaningful conversation, deep appreciation for the individual and that unmistakable Hannity charm.
In a word, Sean Hannity is ... adorable.
There, I said it. Might as well get right out there in the open for all the world to read.
Sean is intelligent, genuinely kind, correct on the issues ... and drop-dead gorgeous.
And what red-blooded conservative woman thinks otherwise?
Yes, I am happily married and madly in love with my husband, Andy, of nearly 20 years. And my hubby, good sport that he is, loves to tease me anytime I might be attending a meeting or event with the handsome Hannity. "You're not going to see him again, are you?" he laments in his most dramatic impersonation of a "worried" Wendy Whiner.
The truth be known, Andy loves Sean too. Although I have to admit, I've never heard him refer to Hannity as adorable. (Thank the Lord.)
But I digress.
Several weeks back, I had the opportunity to attend a small luncheon with Hannity just before he met with nearly 1,000 fans in a D.C. bookstore to celebrate the rollout of his newest book, "Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism."
I love to study human beings and their interaction with others. You can tell a lot about a person ? especially a famous one ? by the way he treats both the famous and the average. He looks each person directly in the eye as if they're the only one in the room for that moment, listens intently to what they have to say and graciously accepts both compliments and criticism.
And those who know Sean much better than I have told me that he is a person of outstanding integrity, incredible generosity, and a loving and devoted husband and father. Sean proudly and humbly refers to his wife, Jill, as the "love of his life," and his two children as "the greatest gift God ever gave me." And far beyond the view of the casual observer, those who work with Sean admire him most for the way his life is a reflection of his deep Christian faith.
So why am I telling you all this?
Because in this time of mega-media stars, American "idols" and an endless supply of pontificating politicians, it's hard to know who's truly a decent person, and who is just another snot.