- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 26, 2005

Genuine gal

“I’ve butted heads with a few people — anyone who tells me I have to spruce up my hair and buy a new wardrobe — I haven’t worn makeup since I was 21. You have to be authentic and genuine in serving the populace.”

Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, who had urged the bureau to investigate terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui weeks before September 11, 2001, offended by suggestions that she would require a “makeover” before she could run for Congress in Minnesota as a Democrat.

Easier written

We had to laugh at yesterday’s official White House pool report on President Bush’s Oval Office meeting with the visiting Indonesian president, whose name, the writer noted, is a mouthful:

“President Bush and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (for those doing radio, you’re in trouble).”

Arnold’s dumbbells?

Washington-based Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus is humored, more than anything else, by veteran Hollywood actor Warren Beatty’s latest tongue-lashing of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I think Warren Beatty’s comments … will have about the same political impact as Britney Spears‘ support of President Bush last year … or perhaps Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean in the primaries,” she tells this column.

“I’m an opponent of [Mr. Schwarzenegger’s] muscle-bound conservatism with longer experience in politics than he has,” the 68-year-old Mr. Beatty told graduates of the University of California at Berkeley this past Saturday. “And although I don’t want to run for governor, I would do [a much] better job than he’s done.”

In his commencement address, Mr. Beatty said it was no secret that Mr. Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and actor, has his eyes focused on the White House — “running around raising money from Wall Street, K Street and rich Republicans all over the country.”

“We are not the governor’s dumbbells,” Mr. Beatty said.

Before Mr. Schwarzenegger could run for president, Congress would have to approve a constitutional amendment allowing foreign-born Americans to seek the nation’s highest office.

Although he’s never held public office, Mr. Beatty’s name has been floated as a Democratic challenger to Mr. Schwarzenegger in the November 2006 gubernatorial election.

Dear Cal?

He’s already the most widely syndicated columnist in America, and now comes word that Washington-based writer Cal Thomas has just surpassed 600 newspapers that he appears in via his Tribune Media Services column.

“Not sure who was the last op-ed columnist to do that — ‘Dear Abby’ doesn’t count! — but I’m pretty happy about it,” Cal tells Inside the Beltway.

The Washington Times was the first newspaper to publish his column.

Wave a flag

It’s being dubbed the first-ever National Memorial Day Parade in the nation’s capital, and its patriotic participants will march down Independence Avenue Monday morning paying tribute to veterans from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

And get this: One of the nation’s oldest living veterans, 104-year-old World War I Navy veteran Lloyd Brown of Charlotte Hall, Md., will be an honorary grand marshal of the parade, sharing the spotlight with D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who is the grand marshal.

While officially listed with the government as being 105 years old, Mr. Brown, like many of his generation, was so eager to fight for his country that he lied about his age to get into the military.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Madison Drive and Third Street NW and travels south to Independence Avenue, before turning west and ending at 12th Street NW.

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

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