- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The power of healing

It seems that the powerful arm of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the world’s most pre-eminent diplomat, is healing just fine, thank you, but her handshake, that most traditional gesture of diplomatic protocol, is still, well, a little shaky.

Mrs. Clinton broke her elbow June 17 and recently has been able to avoid wearing her sling. In fact, she appeared on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” where host David Gregory - in characteristic form - pitched the former first lady some hardballs.

“How is your elbow?” the prematurely gray successor to the late Tim Russert inquired.

“Oh, it’s getting better,” Mrs Clinton replied. “It’s about 80 percent of the way back. You know, there are certain moves that I can make, but there are others that are, are still kind of painful. But I’m doing my physical therapy. That’s what everybody told me I had to do.”

“Because handshaking is a little hard?” Mr. Gregory asked.

“It is,” the former presidential candidate said. “I tried to do the handshaking when I was in India and Thailand, and my arm was really sore at the end. So I’m either putting out my left hand or - you know, I was going around like this to everybody,” she explained of her impromptu bowing gesture, common as a greeting in that part of the world. “That helped me out a lot.”

“It’s doing that in Germany that’s confusing,” Mr. Gregory suggested.

“Yeah. Well, probably it has to be culturally appropriate.”

When Nora meets D.C.

Wednesday, writer-director Nora Ephron, best-known for penning the 1989 screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” and being an ex-wife of Watergate buster Carl Bernstein, will donate objects from the set of her latest flick, “Julie & Julia,” to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. The film, adapted from the book of the same name by author Julie Powell, stars the great Meryl Streep as famed chef Julia Child and Amy Adams as Miss Powell. It is set for an Aug. 7 release.

We hear some of the gems being donated include an outfit worn by Miss Streep, on-set photos and a script.

The museum’s popular exhibit “Bon Appetit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian,” displays Mrs. Child’s original Cambridge, Mass., kitchen (which also served as the set for some of the PBS series) along with about 1,200 utensils and gadgets, cooking-show clips and interviews.

‘Joe’ stars in PG

In other local showbiz buzz, the lady spies have learned that a galaxy of stars - including Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, director Stephen Sommers and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura - will jet into Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs for a special Friday evening screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” The viewing audience will include members of the U.S. armed forces, their families and patients from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Casting call

Along with “Real World DC,” being shot on location, and the two Washington-based reality shows that Half Yard Productions has in various stages of development - “The Real Housewives of DC” and “Washington Social”- comes word of a few more reality/documentary shows we can add to the mix of potential programming being filmed in the nation’s capital.

Los Angeles-based 44 Blue Productions (whose stable of hits includes “Lockup” for MSNBC and “Split Ends” for E!’s sister Style network) is casting for two D.C. reality television series.

Their call for “Washington Divas” reads as follows:

“We are currently looking for the real power brokers on The Hill - commanding congressional wives, sassy socialites, and dynamic divas in charge. We want the wonder women of Washington who know the ins and outs of both the political and social scene.”

Perhaps Ana Marie Cox should be considered.

Meanwhile, 44 Blue’s “Young Washington” is looking for “determined staffers, aspiring politicians, fearless journalists, and fledgling socialites” because they “want to see how young, dynamic D.C. functions in a demanding town that’s filled with major power players.”

No word on whether Congress’ youngest member, 27-year-old Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois Republican, will be cast in the show.

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