- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Not a tea

Get a load of three of the topics to be discussed by the so-called “leading women on the world” when they convene in Washington on Feb. 7 for the fourth annual Women on the World symposium:

“Becoming Fearless,” “Women as Agents of Change,” and “Inside the Life of George Herbert Walker Bush.” (Hmmm. Stay tuned for that stimulating discourse.)

So who are these prominent women discussing politics, business and contemporary life during what is being touted as an “unprecedented” U.S. Chamber of Commerce event?

They include Undersecretary of StateKaren P. Hughes, political activist Arianna Huffington, Hearst magazines President Cathleen Black, author and presidential daughter and sister Doro Bush Koch, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Goldman Sachs Group Managing DirectorAbby Cohen, National Football League SeniorVice President Lisa Baird, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Julie Gerberding.

R.I.P.

For some, Deborah Orin-Eilbeck, the New York Post’s longtime Washington bureau chief and columnist, who died of cancer over the weekend at age 59, will be remembered for her frankness when it came to politics and the press.

During an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review in June 2004, Mrs. Orin-Eilbeck was asked about the White House press corps’ daily coverage of President Bush. Her response:

“Bush’s press people make less effort than [President] Clinton’s did to be palsy with reporters — I think because they believe — rightly — that the White House press corps tilts distinctly Democratic and generally doesn’t like Bush or his policies, so Bush’s team can’t expect to get cut much slack, no matter what they do.”

Dubya’s dessert

“We’re baking up a storm,” newly announced White House Executive Pastry Chef WilliamYosses told Inside the Beltway yesterday, moments after first lady Laura Bush announced his promotion to the sweetest post at the White House.

Trained in classical French baking, Mr. Yosses most recently assisted in the opening of Paul Newman’s Dressing Room in Westport, Conn., a restaurant that features locally grown, artisanal and organic foods. He’s particularly well-known in some of New York City’s finest kitchens: Tavern on the Green, Polo, Josephs Citarella, Bouley Restaurant and Bakery, and Montrachet — all restaurants on his baking resume.

Remembering Jeane

A memorial service for Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick has been scheduled by her family for 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at the Washington National Cathedral.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick, a former ambassador to the United Nations under President Reagan, died Dec. 7. Most recently she was senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

About understanding

Yes, that’s a “New Ethnic Congressional Members Reception” being held this week in the House of Representatives. And among those being welcomed is Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat and a Muslim.

Raised a Roman Catholic in Detroit, Mr. Ellison caused a storm of controversy when he announced that he would be taking the oath of office on the Koran rather than the Bible.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, the reception hosts include Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel, both Democrats. In all, 13 “ethnic” members, senators and representatives, will be welcomed on Capitol Hill.

Useful idiots

There were businessmen, kids and their mommies

Joining ministers, imams and swamis

There were people galore

Shouting ‘no’ to the war,

Giving aid to jihadists and commies.

F.R. Duplantier

Being followed?

Politicians ranging from New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to former Virginia Sen. George Allen have been stalked, albeit mostly in their cases by political or social activists.

On a more serious note, an estimated 1.06 million women and 371,000 men are stalked annually in the United States, and in the majority of cases, the person is stalked by somebody who isn’t a stranger. Worse yet, reveals Senate MajorityLeader Harry Reid of Nevada, 81 percent of women who are stalked by an intimate partner are physically assaulted.

Stalking is a federal crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but Mr. Reid wants more people educated about stalkers. So he’s introduced a resolution creating National Stalking Awareness Month.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin @washingtontimes.com.

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