- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2002

It's great to have friends in high places. There were plenty to meet and greet at the Hoover Institution's annual Board of Overseers reception at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday night. The atmosphere was eminently cordial, guests noted, especially now that Washington is more welcoming of the conservative think tank, housed at Stanford University, than during the Clinton years.

"There is great turnout," said Thomas Henriksen, one of the Hoover Institution's associate directors. "The Bush administration is more friendly toward us. I see a lot of old friends and some new ones, too."

Last year's event didn't count, he added. The Bush officials were just getting situated in their new jobs or were still awaiting confirmation.

The "great turnout" included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy; Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican; Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; and American Spectator editor in chief and founder R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

There were also appearances from administrations and Congresses past, including former United Nations Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; former White House economic adviser, TV commentator and Hoover senior fellow Martin Anderson; former Ambassador to Switzerland Faith Whittlesey; and former Attorney General Edwin Meese, who mingled with Hoover Institution officials and brain-trusters from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and other D.C.-based conservative groups.

The reception followed two days of meetings and appearances by Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and preceded the final day's policy review conference on "Managing American Power in a Dangerous World."

Organizers reported that the September 11th terrorist attacks definitely contributed to this year's turnout.

"More people are interested in defense and security issues now," Mr. Henriksen said, "and that is what the Hoover Institution specializes in."


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