"Not only the two Sexiest People Alive on the cover but also their gorgeous children. I bought two copies, one to drool over and one to keep!"
I had a hard time getting past the whole Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston breakup. However, after reading your story and seeing the photos, it is obvious how in love he and Angelina Jolie are. I applaud them for putting so much heart and soul not only into raising their children in a loving environment but also for raising them to be proud, aware and kind.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the picture of Brad, Angelina and their children is priceless: three alert children with their parents as bookends. Look how Brad's and Angelina's arms surround them, with Maddox protectively holding his baby sister. I am not a big celebrity watcher, but I know a loving family when I see one.
Angelina and Brad are awe-inspiring in the humanitarian work they do. It's also commendable that they instill a sense of pride in the native lands, Cambodia and Ethiopia, of their older kids. Dare we hope they will do the same for baby Shiloh and make her proud that she is American? How about a U.S.-based charity for her, to help less-fortunate kids?
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN
I grabbed PEOPLE at the airport on my way to attend the funeral of my friend's nephew Christopher A. Anderson. I came upon your article "The Fallen" and found his name. Christopher, 24, was killed by mortar fire on Dec. 4, 2006. At his funeral we were given a Christmas card that he had written. At the end he wrote, "Please remember our troops!" So thank you for including him and all the other brave men and women you mentioned. They really are the "Best of 2006."
San Diego, Calif.
I am the heartbroken mother of a fallen hero listed in your issue. I have read each of the 880 names on the list and prayed for their families, who I know suffer as my family does. Daniel Brian Crabtree was everything to his family. We will never get over losing him.
Please, please tell me Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are donating the proceeds from their yard sale to a worthy cause. If the proceeds are going to something worthwhile, I might be able to forgive them for the incredibly tacky signs they were seen posting around town.
Our interview with George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush generated a lot of reader mail, much of it critical of the President. "I enjoyed your interview, especially when George W. Bush indicated how, despite what people may think, he is not having much trouble sleeping at night," writes Mary Vestal of Milan, Ill. "But I wonder how much sleep the families of our soldiers are getting?" A few readers defended the President and felt that some questions were inappropriate. "The first question you asked was from a reader who asked the President why his daughters are not serving in Iraq," writes an anonymous reader via e-mail. "It was the reader's question, but I'm not letting you off the hook. The question was slanted and disrespectful."
Corrections: In our Oct. 2 issue we identified a deceased man as bus driver Ed Card. The man's first name is Kenneth. In our Dec. 25 issue we stated that Russell Crowe's son Tennyson was born June 30, 2006. He was born on July 7. Also in that issue we reported that David Beckham resigned as captain of Britain's soccer team. Beckham was captain of England's soccer team. We regret the errors.