- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 21, 2006

Dick’s turn?

Lynne Cheney is the successful author of numerous books. And Mary Cheney is getting rave reviews for her new book, “Now It’s My Turn: A Daughter’s Chronicle of Political Life.”

And what in the coming years might we read from husband and father Vice President Dick Cheney?

“If I had written a book, I would not have gotten this job that I have today,” Mr. Cheney told Inside the Beltway at his daughter’s book party last Friday evening at the Palm, suggesting any tell-all tome of his would ruffle some feathers and step on toes.

Arguably one of the most powerful and high-profile vice presidents in American history, Mr. Cheney will have plenty to write about after his second and presumably final term in office expires. (Come to think of it, his recent hunting accident could fill a chapter.)

“I will consider a book when that time comes,” Mr. Cheney said.

Which is music to Mary Matalin’s ears. A former senior aide to Mr. Cheney at the White House, she heads the new conservative imprint Threshold for Simon & Schuster, which just published Mary Cheney’s book.

Risky exercise

With a broken collarbone, Michael Wood, nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Sweden, is recovering after his weekend biking accident in the company of President Bush in nearby Beltsville.

The White House described the mishap as a “one-rider fall,” and for that matter, Mr. Wood drove himself home from the White House before seeking medical treatment.

Mr. Bush, who has suffered plenty of his own scrapes and bruises while tumbling off his $5,474 mountain bike, later telephoned to check up on his nominee, who is founder and president of a Washington investments firm.

Sunday ponder

President and Mrs.Bush yesterday were treated to an early-morning sermon by the Rev. Luis Leon, rector of historic St. John’s Church, that centered, or so we read in the official White House pool report, on “sacrificial love, as distinguished from erotic love (which has gotten more than a few people in trouble, especially in Washington, he noted, though congregants were left to fill in the blanks for themselves.)”

Plugging NAM

PatrickJ. Cleary, senior vice president for communications at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), says he “couldn’t stop laughing” this past weekend.

“In what must be a colossal mistake, the father of the Internet, Al Gore, on the blog on the site touting his new [global-warming] film — www.climatecrisis.net/blog — features a link to the NAM blog,” he says.

Why is this so funny?

“We have a section dedicated to debunking global warming,” Mr. Cleary notes. “This is a blunder and is hilarious.”

Indeed, NAM is a leading voice warning against Mr. Gore’s “global-warming jihad” — as Mr. Cleary refers to it.

Then again, perhaps Mr. Gore wants Americans to weigh both sides of the global-warming argument.

“I’m sure if they got a press call, they’d say they were interested in having a conversation on global warming,” says Mr. Cleary, adding: “Right. Then why are there no other dissenting voices on there?”

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Most presidential proclamations go unnoticed. But not the one just issued by President Bush, not after last year’s record number of hurricanes that caused devastation across an entire region of the United States.

Declaring this week National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Mr. Bush wants all public officials and government agencies to highlight their preparations for the 2006 hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Nixon era

U.S. ArchivistAllen Weinstein says a University of Virginia professor, Timothy Naftali, will become the first director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., as it prepares to join 11 other presidential libraries as part of the National Archives system.

Mr. Naftali, director of UVa’s Presidential Recordings Program, assume his duties Oct. 16.

“As the representative of a younger generation of scholars, he will be able to set a new tone for a national center to study the Nixon era,” Mr. Weinstein notes.

A sad portion of that era will soon be transferred from archives’ storage facility in Maryland to Yorba Linda: 44 million pages of textual records, and more than 3,000 hours of presidential-tale recordings — no doubt several minutes missing, here or there.

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


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