- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Come on back

Democratic Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille has personally telephoned Susan Allen, the wife of Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen, as well as written a letter of apology to the couple on behalf of city leaders after an Alexandria employee who helped organize an outdoor birthday celebration for the city last Saturday evening asked Mrs. Allen to leave because her presence was a distraction.

“It was a most unfortunate incident,” Mr. Euille told Inside the Beltway in a telephone interview yesterday. “I am still trying to get additional facts, but apparently — no, obviously — this person acted inappropriately and irresponsibly.

“We allow political campaigning at city-sponsored events,” he assured us. “This was not in good taste, and this is not the Alexandria way.”


That was South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu having an extended conversation about Botswana with B. Smith’s host, Jared Milrad, while dining at the popular Union Station restaurant Tuesday evening with his two daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

The first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, who rose to fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid and earned a Nobel Peace Prize in the process, and his family enjoyed apple-roasted ribs, fresh rockfish, maple-glazed chicken and B. Smith’s famous “Swamp Thang.”

“He is so inspirational, one of my great role models, given all that he stands for as a messenger of peace,” Mr. Milrad tells this column. “I asked him what he was working on these days, and he replied ‘Peace.’ And I said, ‘Me, too.’

“I asked him if he thought there was more peace in the world today, and he said, ‘Unfortunately, no,’ calling attention to the Middle East and all of its problems. It’s not a peaceful world,” Mr. Milrad agrees, from the Middle East right here to Washington, where a crime emergency was issued this week after a brutal knife slaying in upscale Georgetown and armed robberies on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Mr. Milrad recalls being in Botswana last year for the African republic’s independence day celebration (it became independent from British control in the 1960s) “and the people are so kind there, such a sense of community and friendship. It is a remarkable place.”

Eat more steak

When he was in town this week, Morton’s first chef and co-founder Klaus Fritsch sent over an autographed copy of his “Morton’s Steak Bible” to Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson after he spotted the baseball legend having an early dinner at the Bethesda Morton’s.

Proud Italians

Rest assured that today’s National Italian American Foundation public-policy forum in the Rayburn House Office Building, featuring former Rep. Marty Russo, Illinois Democrat, as the keynote speaker, won’t be all about “lobbying reform in Congress.”

Expect a toast to be offered to the Italian national soccer team after its thrilling victory over France in the World Cup on Sunday.

The forum is hosted in cooperation with the Italian-American congressional delegation, whose chairmen are Reps. John L. Mica, Florida Republican, and Bill Pascrell Jr., New Jersey Democrat.

Our French sister?

Tomorrow’s 32nd annual Bastille Day Race down Pennsylvania Avenue takes on a new dimension this year, when it becomes an official District-sponsored event honoring Washington’s “sister city” relationship with Paris. (Hey, no wisecracks.)

Brasserie Les Halles, which has hosted the races — the first held in the United States — will remain an organizer. All of the day’s activities (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will be within a one-block area of Washington’s most famous avenue, between 12th and 13th streets. The main race, during which waiters from across the city race down the avenue with full trays trying not to spill a drop, begins at 2 p.m.


Jimmy Carter had his brother Billy.

Roger Clinton was equally silly.

Wait ‘til Tony and Hugh

Show what Rodhams can do

As the brothers of President Hilly!

F.R. Duplantier

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

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