- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2002

Bush is backwards

President Bush has trouble getting people to listen to him because the Oval Office suffers from poor "feng shui," the ancient Chinese art of placement so that the environment is in harmony with nature. For starters, he needs to place an elephant next to his telephone not a real one, but a figurine, preferably a green one, lying on its side so that it appears dead.

Or so Sara Schroerlucke, an Internal Revenue Service official and a feng shui expert, informs the Federal Paper in a most intriguing interview.

"The elephant who puts his ear to the ground hears for miles and miles," she explains to contributing writer A.B. Stoddard.

So what other Oval Office redecorating should Mr. Bush undertake to improve his performance as president?

"Unfortunately, for the nation's boss, and his predecessors, the president sits with his back to the window, robbing him of essential 'chi,' or energy, which diminishes support for administration policy," the story goes.

Mrs. Schroerlucke, who had spent most of her 22-year federal career at the Pentagon before joining the IRS, recommends that Mr. Bush "reposition his desk with his back against the wall."

Once properly seated, the president should then "surround himself with symbols of strength, compassion, motivation and wisdom."

There are also "too many doors" in the Oval Office, she adds, providing multiple "escapes" for chi.

As for Mrs. Schroerlucke's credentials, she chairs the Washington chapter of the International Feng Shui Guild. Ironically, she used to work in the southwest portion of the Pentagon, which was rammed by terrorist hijackers on September 11. Several of her friends were killed.

For that reason, she hesitates to discuss the tragedy, but says many federal buildings have poor feng shui, particularly the Pentagon because of its five-sided design five being the worst energy number and one representing misfortune.


Celebrities for hire

Get a load of this upcoming conference sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America: "Hollywood and the Environment: Using Celebrity Spokespersons to Promote Your Cause."

"Today's celebrities are getting involved in issues of the day whether they are testifying before Congress, funding nonprofit initiatives, or appearing in ads," observes the PRSA's environmental section, sponsor of an Oct. 29 conference that will hear first-hand how Hollywood actors, directors, producers and writers are making a difference for myriad causes, environmental and otherwise, that they're passionate about.

Speakers will include Ruben Aronin, executive director of the Earth Communications Office, a nonprofit group that "uses the power of Hollywood" to promote causes in more than 50 countries and 12 languages; actress Sharon Lawrence of ABC's "NYPD Blue," said to be "passionate" about the environment; actress Mimi Rogers of Fox's hit series "The X-Files," who made a public service announcement on "over consumption"; and actor Ed Begley Jr., who "walks the talk" on environmental issues.

However, Hollywood's elite of late has taken to bashing President Bush on several fronts. Among them is actress Jessica Lange, who many say has crossed the line of decency.

"I hate Bush," she spewed at a recent film festival in Spain. "I despise him and his entire administration."

The actress added that she's "ashamed to come from the United States," where the atmosphere "is poisonous, intolerable for those of us who are not right-wing." She thanked the festival's organizers for "allowing me to get out" of the United States for at least a few days.

Among the actress' critics is Nina May, chairman of Washington-based Renaissance Foundation: "What is with Hollywood? Do you really have to be a self-absorbed, hateful, small-minded, intolerant, Stepford liberal, to be an actor or an actress? The latest irrelevant starlet to reveal her true anti-American sentiments is Jessica Lange."

Washington political observer Gary L. Jarmin, president of Jar-Mon Consultants, adds: "Every time we turn around it seems the 'Hollywood Democrats' are the first ones in line to bash President Bush for just about everything."


Women leaders

A record number of women governors could be in office after election next month, with 10 women having won their parties' nominations for governor, with one state Hawaii featuring a woman-versus-woman race to produce that state's first female chief executive.

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, the number of women candidates this fall matches a previous record set in 1994.


Crime doesn't pay

"Ratio of the number of pardons George W. Bush has issued turkeys to those he has issued human beings: 2:1"

Harper's Index, November 2002


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