- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2000

Grey Poupon?

Nancy Reagan's former press secretary, Elaine Crispen, says she's "curious" after reading that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton might have offered overnight stays at the White House to her Senate campaign supporters.
White House spokesman Joe Lockhart, repeating last week that it's not uncommon for political supporters of President and Mrs. Clinton to slumber at the White House, promised to prepare a list of recent guests.
"The president and the first lady, over the last seven-and-a-half years, have always welcomed their friends and supporters and political officials from around the country, prominent members of the arts community, to stay at the White House," says Mr. Lockhart. "Within that group, there certainly have been people who, as their friends, have supported them financially."
A number that as long as three years ago stood at 938.
"This may be excess in overnighting," this column was told by Mrs. Crispen, who spent eight years in the Reagan White House. "I hope Joe Lockhart, when he prepares his list, will provide the dates of the visits of these friends and future friends people that the Clintons are getting to know and the expenses for these people."
Mrs. Crispen adds: "Every month Mrs. Reagan sent a bill to their private accounting office to pay for every cup of coffee they drank, every pork chop they ate, every lamb chop that their family members ate when they were visiting, and that friends that were not on official business ate.
"I will be curious to see who is paying for all of these visits for the coffee, the dinners, the soft drinks, the liquor they may order up to their rooms."

Follow the leader

Speaking of White House mattresses, we had to laugh when Vice President Al Gore's military adviser, Gordon Adams, went on the "PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" to say this of the Democratic presidential nominee:
"He voted for the Persian Gulf War, along with only nine other colleagues in the Senate Democrats, so he's prepared to go to the mattress with respect to American national security."

Behind the facade

Not surprisingly, Bill O'Reilly, the outspoken host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," calls the Clinton presidency as he sees it in his new book, "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life."
"What a ridiculous waste," opines Mr. O'Reilly, a Harvard and Boston University grad who once walked beats for CBS and ABC News. "What a legacy for an Arkansas boy with a modest background who made it to the most powerful office in the world. It's not only ridiculous, it's pathetic."
And he proceeds to tell why, from President Clinton's "lying" to his "impeachment" and everything else in between. Which isn't very much.
"In two terms the man created no meaningful legislation, except the Family Leave Act," says the author. "He was much more effective in subverting the 1996 presidential election by accepting campaign funds from overseas."
And where was the public outcry?
"This man did tremendous damage to our country, but I'm sorry to say many of our fellow citizens were too busy watching Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and professional 'wrestling' to figure that out," says Mr. O'Reilly, a frequent critic of the disengaged American.
"These are the actions and inactions of a truly ridiculous leader," says the author, who will be in Washington Thursday promoting his book. "The next time you see the president, please tell him he is ridiculous and always will be. I know it, and you know it.
"Behind that display of self-confidence, he knows it, too. I guarantee you."

Good stock

Who in this melting pot we call America isn't interested in his family genealogy, to learn how his ancestors helped shape this great country?
Thanks to Dr. Silas Dobbs McCaslin, his brother Dr. Alston Jones McCaslin V, and his son, Dr. Alston Jones McCaslin VI, all dentists in Savannah, Ga., for sending the McCaslin pedigree chart, which reveals that "John McCaslin" was murdered upon arrival in North Carolina in the 1700s, that two succeeding McCaslin brothers, John and James, both Tories during the Revolutionary War, were hanged in 1781 by patriots from an oak tree at the head of a spring, two miles southwest of Siler City (this tree was known locally as the McCaslin Oak, and stood until the wind blew it down in 1892).
And what became of any McCaslins who survived that travesty?
In 1784, 19-year-old "John McCaslin" smartly headed west, marrying into the family of the "outlaw James brothers" of Missouri.

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