- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Where's Bubba's dress?
A reunion of several hundred members of Jack Kemp's team when he was secretary of Housing and Urban Development was held over the weekend at the Ronald Reagan Center for International Trade, among other Washington landmarks.
Not the least being the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where Kemp staffers spent several hours Sunday touring what one former HUD congressional liaison aide labels a "disturbing display of political correctness and revisionist history from the basement to the third floor."
"Several things stand out from our visit," says the Kemp staffer, who requested anonymity.
"First of all, the tour guide in the first ladies' section had an unnatural fixation with Eleanor Roosevelt. She spent the entire tour talking about what a great wife, mother, first lady and activist Mrs. Roosevelt was. Also, the first ladies' section has been transformed into an exhibit on social and political activism, instead of what it was intended to be: a history of the lives of our first ladies.
"Even more disturbing was the presidential section," says the aide. "An entire area has been set aside to display the history of presidential impeachments. Most of the section details the Nixon administration and Watergate, and a small part is dedicated to Andrew Johnson. Yet, there was nothing about Bill Clinton's impeachment.
"While at the display, I overheard two tourists talking about how evil Richard Nixon was and felt compelled to respond to them: 'For the record, Richard Nixon was never impeached, but Bill Clinton was.'"

Hillary's marathon
Whom do we believe: Dick Morris, Chris Matthews or Hillary Rodham Clinton?
Mr. Morris, the political guru who introduced Bill Clinton the presidential candidate, is now predicting that Mrs. Clinton, New York's junior Democratic senator, will likely be elected president of the United States before the decade is out.
Not "run" for president, mind you, but get "elected" (Mr. Morris made the prediction in an interview with NewsMax.com on Tuesday).
Before you get out your checkbook and give your last dime to the National Rifle Association, be advised that Mrs. Clinton was forced to respond to Mr. Morris' prophecy during an interview with WABC Radio's John Gambling on efforts to rebuild lower Manhattan.
The exchange went like this:
Mr. Gambling: "I have to ask you this it's sitting in front of me on the Web here. Dick Morris says you're gonna be president within the next 10 years. Your reaction?"
Mrs. Clinton: "Oh, please, John (nervous laughter). You know that uh he's made a lot of other predictions about me that haven't come true (more laughter)."
After Mrs. Clinton hung up the phone, Mr. Gambling described her response "as reasonable an answer as you could possibly expect at this point, probably."
We can't help but recall "Hardball" host Chris Matthews once saying in this column of Mrs. Clinton: "The only reason for her to run for the Senate is to eventually run for president."

American cousins
Speaking of U.S.-European relations during a Brookings Leadership Forum in Washington yesterday, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw began his speech by recalling an old British yarn about a candidate for the British Foreign Office who was asked in his interview: "What are the two most important things in life?"
And the candidate replied without hesitation or deviation: "Love and the Anglo-American relationship."
Mr. Straw said nothing could be closer to the truth.
"I know that my foreign minister colleagues from France, from Germany, from Italy or from Spain can speak of similarly close ties between their peoples and this great and dynamic country," he said. "As Europeans, we watch, wear, eat, drink or otherwise consume American culture every day."

Hello, Kinko's
Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. has issued a directive to create competitive bidding for the executive branch's $500 million annual printing and copying contracts, virtually withdrawing the Government Printing Office's monopoly over such jobs and potentially saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars per year.
Citizens Against Government Waste is one group applauding Mr. Daniels, saying in this era of "all-night photocopying chains," Uncle Sam was falling further and further behind the private marketplace in providing fast, efficient services at low cost.


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