- The Washington Times - Friday, September 9, 2005

Lonely in London

You might have read that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has crossed the pond to pursue an advanced degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics.

Just the latest stop for the 32-year-old Miss Lewinsky, who with the flash of her thong almost single-handedly (it takes two to tango) brought down the Clinton White House.

Why more studies at this stage of her life?

Inside the Beltway is told by a friend of Miss Lewinsky that her handbag business, one of more recent professional pursuits, “is pretty moribund — she uses garment workers in Houston to do the sewing.”

And adding to the misery, Miss Lewinsky “has gained an awful lot of weight.”

One source told us yesterday that the world’s most famous former intern “booted” her $2.1 million contract to be a weight-loss spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, carrying home only “about $400,000.”

She drove the company “crazy with various demands, her temperamentalness, but mostly the fact that she didn’t lose the weight required in the contract,” the source states.

Meanwhile, her friend says that before she decided to move overseas to pursue a master’s degree, Miss Lewinsky “toyed with the idea of going to law school for a long time.”

“She is basically quite intelligent,” the friend states, describing Miss Lewinsky as “just crippled emotionally. … A sad case really, since all she wants to be — she has told friends so many times — is happily married with children.”

Conflict of interest?

Is Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appearing in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Princeton University is planning a big birthday bash to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Miss Rice has agreed to be keynote speaker of the Sept. 30 event.

Ironically, however, Miss Rice’s scheduled speech comes at a time when Princeton is defending itself against accusations (previously reported by this newspaper) that it improperly spent hundreds of millions of dollars from a special charitable fund that was intended to benefit the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

A lawsuit charges that the money, donated about 45 years ago by Charles and Marie Robertson, was instead used to benefit Princeton. The money had been set aside to prepare the Wilson School’s graduate students for federal careers in foreign policy and international relations.

Their ultimate goal, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson said at the time of their initial donation, was to “strengthen the government of the United States and increase its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world.”

Instead, the lawsuit, filed by the children of the donors, purports that few graduates of the program have pursued government employment, while Princeton spent untold millions on programs, real estate, salaries and in other areas unrelated to the designated mission.

The lawsuit, which seeks in excess of $600 million, is scheduled to be considered next year.

‘Wicked’ W

One after another, members of the Congressional Black Caucus rose to the podium on the House floor to denounce the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

But none was more outspoken than seven-term Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Illinois Democrat. (Mr. Rush’s congressional biography lists his previous profession as “activist.”)

“The Bible says, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan,’ ” he said for starters. (He didn’t identify the “wicked,” but we assume he meant that the buck stops with President Bush.)

The congressman then questioned to what degree Uncle Sam values “the lives of the poor, the powerless and the black. Along with the rest of the world, I have been outraged by the less-than-rapid response, of the inaction, of the lack of attention and the lack of providing aid to the thousands of individuals who were left to die and fend for themselves.”

Then, Mr. Rush added: “Those who did not die were subject to the most dehumanizing conditions. The demoralizing squalor in the Superdome and other relief centers in New Orleans has been compared to the conditions in the hulls of slave cargo ships.”

And if you think he’s kidding, “I might add, this is not a far-fetched and extreme exaggeration.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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