- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

True love

We’re pleased to announce that Jim Morris of Airmont, N.Y., one of the invited guests at the White House yesterday when President Bush signed the Adoption Promotion Act of 2003 — Mr. Morris adopted seven boys named Herman, John, Ashanti, Danny, Aramis, Darren and Eric — will be getting married soon to Araceli Zarate.

Terrorist legacy

People either love him or hate him, and these days it seems that everybody but the U.S. soldiers who stood in his Iraqi chow line isn’t loving George W. Bush.

Even conservatives aren’t impressed because “virtually nothing of conservative substance has happened” under the president’s watch, laments former Reagan White House special assistant Doug Bandow, who goes so far as to suggest that Democrats in 2004 crown Mr. Bush their candidate of choice.

“Liberals should identify with the Bush record,” writes Mr. Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, in the latest issue of the American Conservative.

“He is increasing the size and power of the U.S. government both at home and abroad. He has expanded social engineering from the American nation to the entire globe. He is lavish with dollars on both domestic and foreign programs. For this the left hates him?”

Historically speaking, the Republican Party is a far cry from when it “truly blossomed” at the beginning of the Reagan era, seconded Governing magazine editor Alan Ehrenhalt in his recent Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Twenty-five years ago, Republicans became “the tax-cut party, the party of optimism, and not the party-poopers or guys with rimless glasses and clipped Midwestern accents,” he said.

However, since September 11, Mr. Bush has “made sure that it was September 12 every morning … as if we had just been terrorized, and we were in the midst of an antiterror campaign.

“But that approach will not work in the elections of 2004, and the hold of 9/11 is loosening,” the editor remarked. “It does not mean Bush will lose, but he will not win the way he did in 2002 on terrorist rhetoric.”

Covert reporter

“I’ll volunteer for the secret mission.”

Offer from a White House reporter to Bush press secretary Scott McClellan yesterday, should first lady Laura Bush’s possible trip to Afghanistan depart unannounced like the president’s covert visit to Iraq.

Hillary’s dilemma

“If I run against Bush, I might lose.

If I balk and the voters should choose

Some Democrat elf,

Then I’m stuck on the shelf

For another eight years paying dues.”

F.R. Duplantier

Fish and fat

The Olender Foundation’s 18th Annual Awards to be presented this evening at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center will feature a number of heroes and a delicious dinner with — get this — every calorie and gram of fat listed on the menu.

If you didn’t guess, Washington malpractice lawyer Jack Olender, founder of the Olender Foundation, is a healthy-food advocate. In fact, he testified at a D.C. City Council hearing last month in favor of legislation that would require chain restaurants to publish on their menus and menu boards the nutritional information regarding each item.

The 500 guests for this evening’s awards dinner, which incidentally will be attended by a majority of D.C. council members, will feature rainbow trout filled with lump crab and served with baby bok choy, jasmine rice and a champagne sauce — 1,161 calories, 49 grams fat, 15 grams saturated fat, 99 carbohydrates and 8,569 milligrams of sodium.

And the dessert — Key lime passion fruit swirl custard with pepper ginger crust and pineapple sauce — contains a whopping 653 calories.

Mr. Olender suggests eating only half the fish and asking the waiter to substitute fresh fruit for the key lime for those watching their waistlines.

Honorees include Mac McGarry, longtime host of “It’s Academic,” as America’s Role Model 2004; Maudine Cooper and Jerry A. Moore III, leaders of the Greater Washington Urban League, as Generous Hearts 2004; and Hero in Law 2004 John Payton, who was recently victorious in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Michigan Law School’s diversity lawsuit.

John McCaslin, a nationally syndicated columnist, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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