- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2007

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“If George Washington was working on the roof of his house and his ladder broke, and he fell and landed on his back and broke two ribs and punctured a lung, where would the emergency ambulance take him? To Alexandria hospital? To Arlington Hospital?

“No, they took him to the George Washington University Hospital, isn’t that appropriate? That’s where I am tonight, feeling pretty well, although it hurts to laugh or breathe too deep.”

Few men play the part of George Washington as passionately as Virginia historian James Renwick Manship Sr., who Inside the Beltway wishes a speedy recovery. As Virginia General Assembly Delegate R. Lee Ware once observed: “What David McCullough [is] doing between the covers of printed books, Mr. Manship is doing in person … the substantive information combined with pageantry of costume is an extraordinary entry into the life and times of an era.”

‘Obscene’ measure

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, was “fired up” when headlining a packed Alexandria Republicans’ Reagan-Lincoln Dinner at 100 King restaurant in Old Town.

“It was a raucous good time and Boehner was fired up,” reports Christopher T. Cushing, vice chairman of WolfBlock Public Strategies in Washington. The dinner was “a sellout and they were turning people away.”

Hours later, of course, Mr. Boehner was back on Capitol Hill, blasting Democrats for passing a “slow-bleed” Iraqi war deadline bill, which he says “undermines our generals and hamstrings our troops in harm’s way.”

“It is an obscene piece of legislation,” Mr. Boehner said.

Johnson invasion

By the stroke of his pen, President Bush last Friday renamed the headquarters of the Department of Education as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building.

The tribute caused us to research the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas, overseen by the National Park Service, and telling the story of the nation’s 36th president. Wouldn’t you know that as we speak, the LBJ historical site is having problems with an invasive non-native grass that just happens to be called Johnson grass.

Besides being tough to get rid of, Johnson grass is poisonous to livestock if eaten just after a freeze.

Energizer bunny

“A warm reception like that almost makes me want to run for office again.”

— Vice President Dick Cheney, who many doubted would ever remain in office for this long, to members of the Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership, who gathered in Florida over the weekend.

Women power

Women of Washington, accompanied by their men, will gather for a cocktail reception in Northwest Washington tomorrow evening to welcome Hollywood actress Fran Drescher to town as she raises awareness for her Cancer Schmancer Foundation.

Miss Drescher, a cancer survivor who recently lobbied for the successful passage of Johanna’s Law — otherwise known as the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act, which President Bush signed in January — argues that the “collective female vote is more powerful than that of the richest corporate lobbyist.”

Christine Warnke, senior governmental-affairs adviser with Hogan & Hartson, will host the Kalorama event, which seeks to ensure that women’s cancers are diagnosed in Stage 1, when they are most curable.

Miss Warnke, longtime chairwoman of the D.C. Commission for Women, represents clients on legislative and regulatory matters before Congress and the White House, while spearheading several initiatives in the areas of health and women’s issues. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognized her as one of Washington’s finest professionals, and she was awarded Woman of the Year honors from the Daughters of Penelope.

Of late, she’s traveled throughout Africa, delivering humanitarian aid while advocating on HIV/AIDS initiatives, particularly delivery of safe and cost-effective medication.

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

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