3. He’s a vegan: Scully wrote a book arguing for the better treatment of animals called “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy.” Raised Catholic like Ryan, Scully believes that The Bible’s injunction for man to “have dominion” over other species requires us treat all living things with respect, and extends that philosophy to the point of personally abstaining from eating meat, dairy and other animal products.
“I used to walk with him through Lafayette Square, and I remember him feeding the squirrels,” Frum, who shared an office with Scully at The White House, told TheDC. “He was very wry about it. You know, there’s this famous joke about vegans, ‘How do you know the vegan at the dinner party?’ And the answer is ‘don’t worry, they’ll tell you.’ But he was just wry and gentle and never made an issue of it.”
But Scully’s veganism, according to Frum, is shaped by a deep religious sensibility that precludes self-righteous proselytizing and the use of terms like “animal rights.”
“He’s very funny about it,” Frum said. “There’s just a deep lack of guile to him. He’s just the most grateful person, with tremendous humor.”