The parting shot from the self styled "First Lady" to the media in Downing Street extensively covering Tony Blair's last moments as Prime Minister, that "I'm sure we won't miss you" confirmed one thing.
I think if you were in the position of being a spouse to a political leader you'd have a very ambivalent relationship with the press. It must be hard to keep your own life separate from your partner's and the lines must blur all the time. I also bet the celebrity that goes with the role is seductive and hard to keep in perspective.
Cherie Blair has had a particularly rough time - she's very smart, very clever and very successful as a barrister in her own right and I imagine finds the role of "Mrs Prime Minister" difficult to reconcile with her other roles. She's also not particularly photogenic, and she's really suffered at the hands of picture desks who take a delight in using truly awful pictures of her. She's made some crass misjudgments, but wouldn't we all fail to be perfect in that role? I bet she won't miss it. I'd hate to be in that position.
My thoughts exactly Stuartli - a truly awful woman. All previous PM's other halves had a bit of breeding and knew how to fulfil the role in a respectful manner. She didn't know when to shut up - right to the end!
Perhaps "All previous PM's other halves" didn't have quite the intellect that Cherie has. I have a lawyer client who knows her pretty well professionally, and he says she has a formidable mind.
Like Kate B, I think Cherie and the press have had an uneasy relationship, due mainly to the way that some papers have repeatedly searched out the least flattering images of her for publication. Her discomfort when in front of the cameras was evident, and I bet millions of women identify strongly with her on that. Trying to be a barrister, a mother, and a Prime Minister's wife, all at the same time must be a total nightmare. I can quite understand her parting shot - she must be immensely relieved that it's all over.
I've no doubt that she is an intelligent woman, so it's all the more surprising that she made the remark in such circumstances - I'll bet a pound to a penny that it will come back to haunt her, as it will be replayed time and time again.