- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ATLANTA — Jane Fonda’s name still angers many Georgia veterans more than 30 years after her famous pose on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun.

So the idea of honoring “Hanoi Jane” for her recent charitable and public service work didn’t go over too well with at least one member of the Georgia Senate yesterday.

Democratic Sen. Steen Miles introduced a resolution recognizing the two-time Academy Award-winning actress for her efforts to help women and children globally, particularly her work as the founder and chairwoman of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

Senate Resolution 1189 seemed to breeze through the Senate without a raising an eyebrow — as do hundreds of honorary and commemorative resolutions each year. There’s no vote on these types of quick resolutions, and lawmakers very rarely object to them.

But Sen. John Douglas, a retired Army major and Republican chairman of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, stood as the Senate was adjourning and briefly voiced his strong opposition to the resolution.

His words provoked a strong response from Miss Miles, who argued that Miss Fonda’s work deserved recognition.

“We have been very, very hypocritical when it comes to taking care of the least of these and the lost,” Miss Miles said.

But her speech may have backfired.

When she wrapped up, Mr. Douglas immediately made a motion for the Senate to reconsider its approval of SR 1189. The Senate will decide at 9 a.m. today.

Mr. Douglas had harsh words later in the day for Miss Fonda.

“I think Jane Fonda is less worthy than any living American to be honored by our Senate and the people of Georgia,” he said. “It starts off with her actions during the Vietnam War, and it continues today. No amount of good work now will make up for her past actions against the military and our country.”

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