- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 1999

Madeleine’s doll

That was Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright making a very important Christmas purchase at the upscale toy store FAO Schwarz in Georgetown Park, carrying to the checkout line what else but a giant Madeline doll.
“Do you like it?” the nation’s chief foreign affairs negotiator asked a fellow shopper, who immediately recognized the secretary, whose security detail waiting outside.
“It’s you!” the woman replied.
“No, I have a granddaughter,” explained Mrs. Albright, who has three daughters and four grandchildren.
“Well, you need to keep one,” suggested the shopper, who couldn’t help but notice that the Madeline doll was practically the size of Mrs. Albright “at least 4 to 5 feet tall.”

Below the Beltway

The last time we wrote about Bob Hattoy, the highest-ranking HIV-positive official in the Clinton administration who gave an unprecedented prime-time address to the 1992 Democratic National Convention in support of candidate Bill Clinton he admitted the White House wished he was dead.
“As far as working at the White House, I was too hot, I was off-message,” said Mr. Hattoy, who eventually left 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a high-level post at the Interior Department. “I don’t know how I became off-message, because AIDS awareness is all stuff the president said he wanted to do. I never heard from him that he changed his mind. I only heard from the straight white boys who said, Oh, my God, Hattoy, calm down, shut up, go work on grazing fees.’
“When I continued to speak out on AIDS after the election and it became off-message, I think a lot of people in the White House didn’t know what to do with me,” he said. “And I think what happened to me on a political level was that I didn’t die.”
That was 1994. Today, we’re pleased to report that Mr. Hattoy is alive and kicking. In fact, he recently departed the Interior Department to finish writing his memoirs, tentatively titled “Below the Beltway.”

Washington, by George

Speaking of books, Peter Hannaford, public relations mogul and longtime friend of the Ronald Reagan family, has a new one.
“After four books about Ronald Reagan, I decided it was time I did one about another president,” he tells us. “So, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of the first president [today], my new book The Essential George Washington: Two Hundred Years of Observations About the Man, the Myth, the Patriot’ is being launched this week.”

Wish list

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time once again for Inside the Beltway’s annual holiday reader contest.
This year, we’re taking suggestions for “That Perfect Gift” for somebody special, meaning President Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, or Attorney General Janet Reno.
Or, should you prefer, gift ideas for any number of other visible presidential figures over the past year, women like Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, Kathleen E. Willey, Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick.
Send your Christmas wish lists to John McCaslin, c/o Inside the Beltway, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002; or e-mail us at the address found below.
Upon publication, we’ll forward the entire list to the North Pole.

Handling men

High-profile sexual harassment suits, such as the one by Paula Jones against President Clinton, have certainly heightened awareness of the sexual harassment problem in the workplace. Still, the notion that legal action is necessary in all of these cases is erroneous.
So argues Joan Kennedy Taylor, author of the new book, “What To Do When You Don’t Want to Call the Cops: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Sexual Harassment” (NYU Press).
Miss Taylor says suits like Mrs. Jones’ against Mr. Clinton become life-changing events, with all parties coming away with careers, reputations and lives profoundly affected. A writer on feminist issues since the early 1970s, she explains what can be done to correct the problem of harassment without legal action.
At noon tomorrow, the author will hold a book forum at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

New constituents

Our item yesterday about the female staffer in the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, who accidentally e-mailed 300 or so constituents a love letter to her boyfriend, left many readers in the dark.
Including Mike Bates, who speaks for everybody when he writes:
“Could you please ask Senator Sessions’ office to e-mail that letter to all of us who DIDN’T get it? Inquiring minds want to know.”

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