- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2006

Heeere’s Scotty

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan will be making his first media appearance since stepping down as PresidentBush’s spokesman when he visits with Jay Leno tomorrow night on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

Among other things, Mr. Leno says he will ask Mr. McClellan about the frequent confrontations he had with the White House press corps.

By the way, the new White House press secretary, Tony Snow, has pushed back his first televised news briefing from today to tomorrow.

Say what?

We had to laugh at the White House pool report surrounding PresidentBush’s meeting in the Roosevelt Room last Friday with former secretaries of defense and state, including Colin L. Powell and Madeleine K. Albright.

It would appear that the pool reporter had a difficult time taking notes of the president’s brief remarks, warning reporters in writing to check the transcript for the exact quotes.

After all, the writer quoted Mr. Bush as saying at one point: “We’ve had our disagreementses.”

Adios, amigo

How might the Mexican government deal with illegal aliens in their country?

We doubt few Americans would ever consider crossing the border into Mexico under the cover of darkness, but if they did, Mexican officials would turn to Chapter 3, Article 33 of the 1917 Mexico Constitution, which reads: Mexico “shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action. Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

Jose, can you see?

We’d written last week that days after the national anthem was translated loosely into Spanish on a widely released album, Rep. Jim Ryun, Kansas Republican, was seeking co-sponsors to legislation affirming that the musical composition be sung only in English.

As far as the congressman was concerned, there are a “few things specific to our nation that should not be recited or sung in another language.”

We can now tell you that Mr. Ryun’s legislation has been overwhelmingly approved by the Congress.

Go figure

Who would have thought the day would come when a lawmaker would stand up in the Capitol and salute a foreign automaker — in this case, Toyota — for being the “leader in the new American auto industry.”

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican, did just that last week, pointing out that the Japanese automaker’s 10-year investment in her state is rapidly approaching the $1 billion mark, “hopefully with more to come.”

Scarier than Osama

Citing polls showing that young people today are more worried about going into debt than they are about a terrorist attack, Colorado Rep. Mark Udall has introduced legislation adding “common-sense rules” to laws governing the issuance of credit cards.

Overall, during the past decade, credit card debt has risen by about 70 percent.

Fair warning

‘You’re on your own.’

So warns Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate, regarding a possible outbreak of avian flu in this country. The congressman contends the Bush administration’s plan to handle such a health crisis gives state and local governments little guidance.

Man’s best friend

We caught up with the dazzling-eyed Wendy Diamond, former star of “Single in the City,” the TV show in which she and her pooch, Lucky, begin the search for Mr. Right, when she was at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington recently.

Miss Diamond, who seven years ago started the popular Animal Fair magazine, is author of a new book, “What a Lucky Dog! How to Understand Men Through Their Dogs.”

While this columnist does not have a problem understanding men, apparently enough women do that Miss Diamond has written the ultimate dating guidebook, this one providing ladies with clues to a man’s behavior and psyche through the breed of the dog he owns.

She says after women finish reading the book, they will know what dog … er, man, to approach at the park.

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

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