- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The A List
Who's on or more importantly, who's fallen off the 2003 Washington A List?
"There are some life sentences on the A List but there's also the death penalty," Nancy Bagley, editor in chief of Washington Life, tells Inside the Beltway.
Every year, the magazine that celebrates Washington's social scene and power elite publishes an A List, compiled in secret committee. This year, 118 members of the Washington establishment make up the list.
"The usual suspects come off, people leave town," says Miss Bagley. "The Gores [Al and Tipper] are off; they've left town. But also surprising is [New York Times columnist] Maureen Dowd is off the list this year, as is [National Public Radios] Cokie Roberts.
"[Public televisions] Jim and Kate Lehrer made the list, as did [ABCs] George Stephanopoulos and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth. [Washington Redskins owner] Dan Snyder is on … but a big surprise for me is the committee took the Maleks off," she says, referring to Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Malek, former partner in the Texas Rangers baseball franchise with President Bush.
Leading the list, of course, are Mr. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. The list also includes Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr., and their wives.
And, as Miss Bagley puts it, no party in Washington is complete without a Kennedy in the house. Thus the presence of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, and R. Sargent Shriver Jr. and his wife, the former Eunice Kennedy.
Basketball great Michael Jordan and his wife, Juanita, made this year's A team. And last, but never least, at any Washington social function: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton.
Sole mates
President Bush and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein certainly don't walk the same walk, but they wear the same Italian handmade shoes.
"It came as a bit of a surprise when I noticed the order forms from both Saddam and President Bush. We've been making shoes for important figures for years. But to have both Bush and Saddam in the present climate is a bit odd," Milan shoemaker Vito Artiolo told the Sun, a London newspaper.
Both leaders each own three pairs of identical black Vito Artioli shoes plain leather, crocodile and brogue, though Mr. Bush wears size 10 and Saddam wears a 9.
"Now let us hope they learn to walk together in step," Mr. Artiolo says.
Heartfelt visit to Hill
Bomb-sniffing German shepherds guarding the entrance to the U.S. Capitol building yesterday weren't sure what to make of blond-haired, blue-eyed Holly Heart.
"The dogs found her a bit surprising," admitted Miss Heart's companion, Ray Raymond, as the pair strolled through the hallowed halls of Congress, where the curvy, 5-foot-6-inch Miss Heart was turning heads.
"It was the same thing with Al Gore," observed Mr. Raymond, recalling the day Miss Heart was introduced to the former vice president. "He spent some time with her."
Mr. Raymond says "it's only a matter of time before [others identical to Miss Heart] take the country by storm, just like cell phones did. After all, they can cook, clean, dust, do the laundry. All for [a one-time charge of] $3,000."
If you haven't guessed, Holly Heart is a robot.
"I'm a liberal robot," she actually replies, if asked whether she's Democrat or Republican.
Holly Heart belongs to Irene Pollin, Washington psychotherapist (and wife of Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin) and founder of the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has a Heart Foundation.
The robot, which speaks volumes, helps to increase awareness about heart disease as the No.1 killer of women. Free heart screenings were taking place yesterday on Capitol Hill, which was the reason for her visit. Mr. Raymond is marketing director for Power Robotics Inc., Worldwide Robot Production.
Whip's best friend
When Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland moved upstairs into the leadership suite of the U.S. Capitol as the new House Democratic whip, he found an office for his best friend Charlotte.
We stumbled upon Charlotte yesterday, lying on the floor, surrounded by dog toys not the least bit concerned as top leaders of the land fretted over the Iraq situation.
"Charlotte's been coming in since 1997," Hoyer spokeswoman Stacey Farnen says of the 11-year-old English springer spaniel. "After his wife [the late Judith Pickett Hoyer] passed away, Mr. Hoyer went home one night and found the dog caught in a fence, her chest ripped open. She lost a lot of blood and had to have something like 20 stitches.
"So he brought her into the office to take care of her and it worked out so nicely that he now enjoys having her around. She's got free rein and is everybody's best friend certainly Mr. Hoyer's best friend."
Besides Charlotte, Mr. Hoyer has three daughters and five grandchildren.

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