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“John said that it was a lot like going to camp, that you dress every morning in your uniform, divide into two sides and play ‘catch the budget,’ ” the Democrat noted. He went on to praise the retired senator, pointing out that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England recently crowned the Republican “Sir John” - honorary knight of Britain.

“Where was that speech in ‘96 when you ran against me?” the elder Mr. Warner quipped.


Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Tyra Banks, Kyra Sedgwick, Bradley Cooper and Val Kilmer.

Is all of Hollywood seated with CNN at this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner?

No, CNN spokeswoman Edie Emery assures Inside the Beltway, pointing out that network anchor Wolf Blitzer’s personal guests are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Politicians or celebrities, everybody this year is scrambling for a ticket to the first WHCA dinner honoring President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.


Privileged residents of the quaint villages and towns of Fauquier County, Va., take notice: For centuries, you and your ancestors have been mispronouncing “faw-keer.”

Yours truly on Saturday night shared a bottle of wine at Eve restaurant in Old Town with Julie A. Fauquier, whose distant relative Fauquier County was named for when it was founded in 1759.

A wine buyer and consultant living in Bass Lake, Calif., Mrs. Fauquier is a descendant of Francis Fauquier, the acting governor of the colony of Virginia from 1758 until his death in 1768. He was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson.

Mrs. Fauquier assured this writer that the correct pronunciation of her French surname is “foe-key-ae” - therefore, she said in no uncertain terms, the famed horse country of Virginia should be pronounced “foe-key-ae coun-tee.”

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or