- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Extolling her as a “true role model,” the District's branch of Madame Tussauds unveiled its wax figure of first lady Michelle Obama. Attired in a red dress, signature kitten heels and pearls, and her favorite Azzedine Alaia belt, Mrs. Obama now stands beside her grinning husband at the famous tourist destination.

Rosemary Del Prado, a museum spokesperson, tells us that Mrs. Obama's outfit was inspired by the black-and-red Narcisco Rodriguez number she wore on election night in Chicago last November.

Luv doctor

Want some lessons in love? Look no further than French Ambassador Pierre Vimont, who tells Green and Glover that he wants to help us American girls find sexy French boyfriends.

“Let them go to Paris,” he counsels. “If I can be of any assistance in developing cooperation between our two countries, I am ready to do so and to give advice.”

One last tip: “It's always helpful to learn French.”

Of course, if you don't find a Frenchman in Paris, you can always look on Kalorama Road in Northwest. Our sources tell us the ambassador is single.

Meanwhile, first lady of California Maria Shriver has a love lesson: Good things come to those who wait. It turns out her first love was not a Kennedy clan favorite like sailing, touch football or politics, but Sen. Jay Rockefeller, West Virginia Democrat.

Yes, you heard us right. Ten-year-old Maria developed a crush on the “tall and dashing” senator after being introduced to him by her father, Sargent Shriver.

Miss Shriver revealed at the recent National Alzheimer's Gala at the National Building Museum that she was “very disappointed on learning of his engagement” to Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the senator's wife, but after learning how “smart” she was, she thought the couple was “a perfect fit.”

Hey, one door closes, and a bodybuilder opens.

House husband

For the first time in history, a House husband rather than a House wife is leading the House of Representatives' Freshman Spouses Group.

Yes, Dan Dahlkemper, the better half of Rep. Kathleen A. Dahlkemper, Pennsylvania Democrat, has stepped up to the plate and is helping other first-term spouses through networking and “disseminating information to support our constituents.”

Mr. Dahlkemper, father of five and a longtime small businessman in his hometown of Erie, Pa., relishes his modern role. “She's a contemporary,” he says. “She's not my little wife.”

Law of the sea

Speaking of firsts, Rep. Eric Massa, New York Democrat, informs G2 that there are now, for the first time in American history, four members of Congress who are Naval Academy graduates, including the congressman. The others are former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat; and Rep. Joe Sestak, a former admiral and Pennsylvania Democrat.

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