- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Cruise to Washington
Tom Cruise and one of Washington's famous landmarks, the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, have something in common this summer: Both are starring in 20th Century Fox's upcoming thriller, "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg.
Hollywood's choice of both Washington and the historic hotel are interesting in that the nation's capital is depicted both in the present and how it might look 50 years into the future.
When the film is released next summer, moviegoers will see the Willard's turn-of-the-century restaurant and other hotel venues, such as the grand entrance and lobby, where President Grant coined the phrase "lobbyist."
Who knows, even Bob Dole, a frequent diner in the Willard Room who is popping up everywhere these days, might be spotted in this flick, too.
"We are glad to have afforded both guests and staff the unique opportunity to witness this cinematic adventure with minimal effect on the day-to-day activities of our hotel," says Willard General Manager Jean-Jacques Reibel.

Dutch's escape
Washington consultant and former Reagan adviser Peter Hannaford has returned from Santa Barbara, where he says he has been doing research and interviews for his next book, "Ronald Reagan and His Ranch: The Western White House, 1981-89."
It will be Mr. Hannaford's ninth book (and the seventh about a president). It's scheduled for publication next February by Images From the Past Inc.

Early planning
As long as there are Democrats, the brouhaha will continue over whether all the Floridians who wanted to vote for Al Gore did vote for Al Gore.
Overlooked, at the same time, are the Republicans who wanted to vote for George W. Bush and did vote for George W. Bush.
All told, 40 percent of the Republicans abroad who registered to vote in the last election registered in Florida (Florida demands no state income tax). And who got out their vote for Mr. Bush?
A quiet philanthropist from Long Island, N.Y., by the name of Lawrence Kadish. He's a real estate mogul and longtime Republican activist and supporter.
On Sept. 8 of last year at Danielle's, the swank New York restaurant where President Clinton held a $25,000-per-couple fund-raiser seven months earlier, Mr. Kadish handed then-RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson a check for $250,000.
The purpose: so Mr. Nicholson could finance a get-out-the-vote advertising campaign targeting voters living in exotic climes. The same voters who had no difficulty figuring out how to mark their ballots.

1776 all over
We see where the Shovel Brigade, the Bucket Brigade and Stop Babbitt's Monuments Brigade have joined forces with the California Beach Fishermen Association and California Women in Timber, among others, for an Independence Day celebration highlighting what's happened to rural communities over the last 30 years because of the preservationist agenda of "extreme green groups" and land-management agencies.

Mount Olympus
There was a great deal of response to our item of yesterday on America's alienation with Washington and national affairs.
Christopher L. Ciccone, of Pittsburgh, sums it up best: "You wrote that former Clinton aide David Gergen describes a 'passionless public,' one that says to Washington 'Don't mess things up and don't bother me in my life.' I agree that I don't want Washington to mess things up, but I disagree with Gergen's contention that people are passionless. I and a large number of friends in several states are quite passionate about what goes on in Washington.
"However, a single voice cannot and will not cause a congressman or senator to listen. … I have written to my congressman, Mike Doyle, Pennsylvania Democrat, twice without a response. I even spoke to him in person once, one-on-one, and never received any response to my question. Senator Rick Santorum, [Pennsylvania Republican], responded only partially to one letter, and was visibly irritated when I asked a question in a public forum that he did not like. I was not trying to provoke him; he just didn't like the question and railed that we just don't know what goes on in Washington.
"I would describe many interested people's attitude as one of 'learned helplessness.' That is a situation that occurs when no matter what you do to correct a bad situation, nothing works. You eventually give up and endure the pain. The Clinton years are a tribute to 'learned helplessness.' No matter the evidence against the former president, in any number of situations, no senator was willing to put his/her neck on the line to impeach an obviously guilty man.
"I would like to start a petition to rename Capitol Hill to Mount Olympus. There are several hundred people there who deem themselves infallible gods when they take office."

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