- The Washington Times - Friday, April 13, 2001

Scratching Bubba

One Supreme Court justice was dropped after one too many marriages.

Others have been nixed for messy divorces and other shenanigans.

The big question, as we look forward to this autumn's publication of the "Green Book," the Social List of Washington, D.C., for 2002, is whether former President and Mrs. Clinton's names will be erased for garnering "notoriously bad press."

"There's no decision yet," David Howe, general manager of the Green Book, tells Inside the Beltway. "The board of governors will be making that decision, and won't consider … any deletions until June."

Yet suffice it to say, Mr. Howe adds, attracting bad press "is one of our standards."

That said, now that she's become New York's freshman senator, Mrs. Clinton and her husband are awarded a listing in the book's "Senators and Families" section. There's also separate listings for the White House, Supreme Court, Diplomatic Corps, Organization of American States, and Congressmen and their Families.

But the elite social list of individuals and families "prominent in Official and Social Washington" is another page and story. One that official Washington socialites such as Commander and Mrs. Robert Butterworth, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Camalier III, and the Honorable and Mrs. Robert C. Odle Jr., need to know.

As longtime Washington social observer Garnett Stackelberg wrote of the 70-year-old Green Book for the Palm Beach, Fla., Daily News: "It is important for hostesses or officials to refer to the book to know who outranks whom and to be able to seat guests properly."

What's Dick hiding?

With all that's happening in this world not the least being this week's round-the-clock White House negotiations with Communist China Vice President Richard B. Cheney certainly was taken aback by the very first question posed to him by a listener of Diane Rehm's national radio show.

The caller asked the vice president whether the Bush administration has developed a policy on "UFOs" and the little creatures flying them?

Raising an eyebrow, Mr. Cheney no doubt made the caller's day by replying that if he did attend such a meeting on UFOs, it most certainly would be "classified," and therefore he'd be unable to discuss it.

He then added, however, that since Jan. 20 at least to his "knowledge" he's not attended any such meeting.

Cut-rate Reno

Former Attorney General Janet Reno, no doubt relieved to be back home in South Florida, is keeping busy on the lecture circuit. The former Clinton Cabinet member's speaking fees are "steep" for everybody but nonprofits, we're told.

However, early last evening the former Dade County state's attorney and first-ever woman to head the Justice Department agreed to address students of the University of Miami School of Law "free of charge," a member of Miami Law Women tells this column.

Miss Reno has been a strong proponent of law students' setting the right moral course from the start, suggesting they enter the legal field "so I can protect people, so I can secure justice, so I can make a difference in the lives of people in America."

She's long argued that newly graduated lawyers should bypass big paychecks and serve the legal system instead as prosecutors.

No ordinary king

King Abdullah of Jordan has been feeling right at home this week in Washington, where he met with President Bush. After all, as National Press Club President Richard Ryan pointed out, the young leader was once a student at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

In fact, 39-year-old King Abdullah, who became ruler of Jordan in 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hussein, did much of his schooling in the United States, not only graduating from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, but twice winning New England high school wrestling championships.

It was at Georgetown that he began his preparations for a military career that made him a pilot, parachutist and frogman. He eventually rose to the rank of major general in command of Jordan's elite special forces.

As for the tight security that now surrounds him and his wife, Queen Rania, the king told Mr. Ryan that one of his fondest memories was coming to the United States, renting a car and driving around the country alone.

And can he ever drive fast. The king actually began driving race cars in 1982, and within a decade had become Jordan's national race car champion.

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