- The Washington Times - Friday, September 3, 2004

NEW YORK — Asked about the HBO series “Sex and the City,” President Bush’s mother Barbara Bush replied: “Same as in the country, isn’t it?”

Mrs. Bush — wife of former President George Bush — was teased about not being hip by her twin granddaughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, when they spoke at the Republican convention Tuesday.

“She thinks ‘Sex and the City’ is something married people do but never talk about,” blond Jenna told delegates.

Interviewed yesterday by ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Mrs. Bush readily acknowledged that she is more likely to lay down the law with the twins than either her husband or the twins’ own parents.

“George is putty in their hands, and I’m the one who’s saying — not just to them — pull down your skirt or put on a skirt or pull up your top or something. That’s just part of me, can’t help it,” said Mrs. Bush, 79.

Moore to love? Fat jokes for director

NEW YORK — You can call Michael Moore a lot of things — and Republicans do. They say the creator of “Fahrenheit 9/11” is a traitor, a liar, a scoundrel, but inevitably some deploy the last acceptable slur in the American arsenal of insults.

They call him fat.

Mr. Moore, who attended this week’s Republican National Convention as a columnist for USA Today, was greeted by delegates who derided him as a “fat pig.”

Perhaps they read the book by David Hardy and Jason Clarke, “Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man.” Or they came across the suggested slogan for the Web site www.moorewatch.com — “Michael Moore: Putting the vast in vast left-wing conspiracy.”

Or Andrea Harris’ blog, which describes Mr. Moore as “fattyfatfat, Fatty McFatperson Three-Big-Macs Corpulent Sack of Fat.” Or conservative columnist Ben Shapiro’s dismissal of the “fat, fraudulent filmmaker.”

Even fellow leftist Ralph Nader has said Mr. Moore should lose weight. “He’s over 300 pounds. He’s like a giant beach ball,” Mr. Nader said.

GOP youth shed uptight image

NEW YORK — They boogie at Manhattan night clubs and groove to rap artists like Lethal Konsequenzez. Young Republicans here for the convention are shedding the image that suggests “young” and “Republican” don’t mix.

“We are typical college students. We wear jeans and T-shirts,” said David Copley, 21, chairman of the Pennsylvania College Republicans. “The image doesn’t fit any more, if it ever did.”

They spill onto sidewalks outside clubs like Vue and Taj, “after party” hot spots where clinking glasses, thumping bass and black-clad dancers don’t think about going home until 2 a.m.

“People are shocked to find out I’m a Republican,” said Jay Chaffin, an actor and a member of the New York Young Republican Club. “The response is, ‘But you are so cool.’ ”

Cheney visits Ohio delegation

NEW YORK — A morning after his convention speech, Vice President Dick Cheney turned up as a surprise speaker yesterday at a breakfast meeting for delegates from the battleground state of Ohio.

In a three-minute speech, Mr. Cheney joked that he didn’t have much new speaking material. “I used it up last night. What I didn’t use, Zell Miller did.”

President Bush beat Democrat Al Gore 50 percent to 46.4 percent in Ohio in 2000. Twenty electoral votes are at stake in the state that both sides have declared a must-win.

Arkansas governor vows win Nov. 2

NEW YORK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vowed yesterday to adopt Democratic voter mobilization tactics in his bid to deliver Arkansas to President Bush this fall, acknowledging his opposing party’s expertise at getting last-minute voters out to the polls.

“Republicans traditionally run a great air war; Democrats traditionally run a great ground war,” Mr. Huckabee said. “They’re going door to door, we’re going sofa to sofa, TV set to TV set.”

This year, Arkansas Republicans are planning a grass-roots campaign similar to their Democratic rivals, Mr. Huckabee said.

Mr. Bush carried Arkansas by only five percentage points in 2000 and the latest polls show only a slight lead by the president. Nonetheless, Mr. Huckabee predicted Mr. Bush should win “comfortably” in his state in November.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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