Memories of 'Pinky's' Smile

Schoolmate, ex- Time editor recalls Harvard undergrad Bhutto's warmth, intensity
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 10:06 AM CST
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reacts as she says a prayer to herself just before delivering the keynote address at Harvard University's commencement exercises on campus in Cambridge, Mass. in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – What former Time editor Walter Isaacson remembers best about fellow Harvard student Benazir Bhutto is her warm smile—and how it contrasted with the intensity of her eyes. Her nickname, "Pinky," often seemed at odds with her serious personality and driving passion for politics at Harvard and later at Oxford, where she headed the debate society.

She often dressed in baggy jeans and sweatshirts, a collegiate way of honoring Muslim modesty, she once explained to Isaacson. The two met occasionally later as Bhutto experienced personal and political turmoil. "I’d notice how the features of her face had hardened a bit, as had the intensity of her stare," Isaacson writes. "But she never lost the warmth of that very big smile."