If a chronicle of this week’s happenings were on Mitt Romney’s night stand, it would be entitled, “It’s Donald Trump’s world. You’re just living in it.” Yep, the week that the former governor of Massachusetts secured enough delegates to become the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the first Mormon to ever reach such heights, he was left to bask in the birther shadow left by The Donald. But there were other things happening besides pronouncements from the man George Will eloquently labeled a “bloviating ignoramus.”

John Edwards escaped a guilty verdict and jail time. A federal appeals court ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Gas prices continue to plummet. And President George W. Bush and his wife returned to the White House for the unveiling of their official portraits. It was an event high on humor. But it also was a reminder that respect, generosity and civility still rule in the world’s most exclusive club.