The Washington Times - January 18, 2009, 10:12PM

President Bush never goes out to dinner. And technically, he didn’t go out to dinner Sunday night. But he went out, off the White House grounds, which almost never happens.

The president for the next day and a half went to the Watergate apartment of his Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for the next two days, departing the White House at 6:23 p.m. First lady Laura Bush went with him.

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Perhaps Mr. Bush was inspired to go out by President-elect Barack Obama, who went out to dinner a few nights ago at Equinox, which is a few blocks from the White House.

Or maybe he wanted to speed through the streets of Washington and let people think he was Obama, so they would wave and cheer.

Whatever the reason, it’s another unusual occurrence in a remarkable few days here in the District.

We’re also told that at Maureen Dowd’s house party in Georgetown, the crowd is so thick that not even Tom Hanks could get in the door.