15. Apr, 2018


“”My husband was driving us all to lunch," relates Asma, "and out of the corner of my eye I could see Brad Pitt was fidgeting. I turned around and asked: 'Is anything wrong?' 'Where's your security?' asked Pitt. So I started teasing him – 'See that old woman on the street? That's one of them! And that old guy crossing the road? That's the other one!'"

The president joins in the punchline: "Brad Pitt wanted to send his security guards here to come and get some training!"

Mm. It feels like at least five minutes since the Jolie-Pitts have broken a silence on some world injustice or other – perhaps they would care to make their next lecture a reflection on their erstwhile genial hosts? A Damascene conversion feels vaguely overdue.”

Let us glance back at the fawning profile of the Syrian leader's wife in last year's America Vogue