- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2000

No mulligans here

Disturbing news from Chappaqua, where first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and her sometime house guest, the president, are settling into the new digs.
"Today, it's 70 degrees," an unnamed correspondent from Westchester County tells the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about the golfing weather and President Clinton's thwarted ambitions to join a suitable country club with a good golf course.
"There are two country clubs in town and I belong to one," says the correspondent. "I've heard through the grapevine that overtures have been made and rejected at both.
"Some of it is due to the fact that many members don't like him. More opposition is due to the near-unanimous feeling that it would be a severe disruption to the members, and who needs it?
"Also, there is the strong sense that he isn't going to be around much, or long, or both, so why should we bend over backwards, as it were? This will probably become more contentious as the grass starts to grow."
Fore, anyone?

Bubba can't win

That was Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern bellying up to the bar at Fado's Irish pub on Seventh Street NW Wednesday night he and his Guinness surrounded by Secret Service agents.

Tom Whelan, of Silver Spring, tells Inside the Beltway he immediately recognized Ireland's head of government and dashed outside to his car to retrieve a photograph he had taken of himself in Ballybunion, County Kerry, last September, the same day President Clinton was at the Irish resort playing golf.

Tie one on

After all, it is St. Patrick's Day, and Vice President Al Gore now knows if he wants to gain the support of Irish-American voters, he'd better be wearin' the green.
At a recent Irish-American forum in New York, the Irish Times observed, Mr. Gore had to borrow a green tie from one of the participants. He's since learned how to dress.
The National Assembly of Irish American Republicans reminds us that Mr. Gore, "following the advice of his $15,000 per-month fashion adviser, has ditched the blue suit, white shirt, 'beta male' outfit for tan and brown 'earth tones.' "

Landing Langhart

We've learned that the first lady of the Pentagon, Janet Langhart, will join the Herndon-based crisis-management firm Rowan & Blewitt Inc., part of Shandwick International, as a senior consultant.
That means Mrs. Langhart, a former television talk-show host, probably won't be circling the globe as often with her Republican husband, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, this final year of the Clinton administration.
In recent years, Mrs. Langhart has headed her own communications company, focusing on media training, consulting and production.

Bush for Reno

Speaking of seeing the Clinton administration through to its bitter end, Attorney General Janet Reno was asked yesterday about the flurry of rumors that she'd rather retire first.
"I'm going home at the end of this administration," she replied, noting that rumors of her retirement came moments after longtime Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino announced he was retiring.
"I think there was a connection," said Miss Reno, who hails from Miami. "It's interesting, because some people call me Miss Ma-Reno."
Still, yesterday's line of questioning had Miss Reno longing for more peaceful days "when I finally get home."
"I've got to get a gardenia bush," she told reporters, who moments before were quizzing her about her decision not to seek an independent counsel to investigate whether Vice President Al Gore had lied to the FBI.

Tainted money

Reaction from every quarter after word in this column yesterday that the greater New York chapter of the American Red Cross will not accept donations raised from the auction of the "Hillary, Go Home" banner featured in today's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
"As a non-political, neutral organization, the Red Cross will refuse this money because it is raised through partisan means," the Red Cross stressed to Inside the Beltway.
Not to worry. J.M. Cawthorn, of New Braunfels, Texas, has another idea:
"If the Red Cross will not accept the proceeds of the auction, may I suggest that they be donated to the National Rifle Association?"

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