- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crashergate prequel

Would-be reality TV stars can crash the White House.

But real stars — the old-fashioned kind?

Forget about it.

G2 has learned that entertainment legend Mickey Rooney, who has met every previous president since FDR, tried to crash the White House by showing up without an appointment while he was in town early last month.

“It was very spur of the moment,” explained Mr. Rooney’s personal manager, Kevin Pawley. “The guards recognized him but would not let him in. He was OK with it.”

It seems the 89-year-old Mr. Rooney, named the No. 1 box-office draw in movies three years in a row (1939-41), was in Washington as an honoree of a war veterans group Nov. 8-9 and wanted to stop by to shake the hand of President Obama and talk about veterans affairs, Mr. Rooney’s passion.

“No successful gate-crashing even for him,” Mr. Pawley says with a laugh.

Brokaw and Booker

Longtime NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw offered some cheerful thoughts yesterday on the imminent deal that would give control of NBC to cable giant Comcast.

“I know the people at Comcast, I think they’re really responsible and serious,” the broadcast news icon told G2 at a town hall at D.C.’s Newseum sponsored by NBC’s sister USA Network. “They’ve got an enormous amount of integrity. I think [Comcast CEO] Brian Roberts and his father [Comcast founder [Emp]Ralph Roberts] and [Comcast President and COO] Steve Burke have built a really impressive company, so if we end up together I wouldn’t have any fears about that. In fact, it would be a good thing. I’ve loved being a part of GE, but GE has made a corporate decision, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

At the same event, we caught up with Newark, N.J., Mayor and highly eligible bachelor Cory Booker. Unable to resist quizzing him about whether there were any prospective mergers in his future, we asked whether there was a special lady or if he simply has issues with intimacy.

Please, Mayor Booker, we pleaded, inquiring minds, and even our editor, want to know!

“I’m not sure if this was your editor putting you up to this or my mother!” he returned. “Because, trust me, she can be more pointed with her questions than you will ever be, and as I tell mom, ‘Patience, patience! Your son one day will find the love of his life.’ ”

We hope so, Mayor Booker. You seem like a nice mayor.

Housewives of D.C.

Three of Washington’s grandes dames will make a grand appearance together for a new national Web site called faboverfifty.com, billed as a “groundbreaking web destination that celebrates smart, stylish, accomplished women over 50.”

Selected as the representatives from Washington for the site, set to launch with a glitzy kickoff party in New York early next year, are: jeweler Ann Hand, wife of lawyer and former Johnson administration official Lloyd Hand, Ann Dibble Jordan, wife of former President Clinton confidant and golfing buddy Vernon Jordan, and Dianne Kube, a health care exec and campaign surrogate on Sen. John McCain’s 2008 bid for the White House.

“I was happy just to be included in the over-50 category,” explained Mrs. Hand, who volunteered that she is actually over 70.

The three doyennes, who have been friends for years, gathered for a photo shoot at Mrs. Hand’s MacArthur Boulevard jewelry shop, where they posed in red (the official color for Washington power wives) outfits for their spread, which will appear on the site.

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• Stephanie Green and Elizabeth Glover can be reached at undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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