- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2009

It seems ABC’s George Stephanopoulos‘ sense of etiquette has gone to the dogs.

One of our spies spotted the political-operative-turned-TV-host chowing down at Five Guys in Georgetown, sporting sweatpants with holes in them and exhibiting some less-than-refined dining habits.

If that wasn’t enough, G2 has learned that Steph, who agreed to serve as gala chairman of this weekend’s Bark Ball for the Washington Humane Society, has bowwowed out and will be a no-show.

Incidentally, his colleague James Carville from the 1992 Clinton campaign must be in the doghouse, too, because he is on the event’s host committee but won’t be showing up, either.

Humane Society spokesperson Tara de Nicolas told us via e-mail that Mr. Stephanopoulos “had a prior commitment, so he kindly made a video to show with he, his wife and doggies instead to show his support.”

Notables expected at the ball, popular for its inclusion of four-legged friends as guests of honor, include D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and former United Nations Ambassador for special political affairs Stuart Holliday.

We hear the food at the ball is really great, so could someone please prepare a doggie bag for Steph and Mr. C?

She’s every woman

“This is no place for grown people in the summertime!” Chaka Khan boomed between songs at the District’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza while wiping a bit of sweat from her brow.

But Wednesday’s heat couldn’t keep hundreds of fans from dancing and singing along to old favorites like “Through the Fire,” “Tell Me Something Good” and “I’m Every Woman” at the R&B great’s show, the first in a series of free summer concerts on the grounds of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

G2 joined Miss Khan in her black sport utility vehicle as she left the show, blowing kisses to fans as they screamed, “We love you!”

Miss Khan is no stranger to politics, having been involved with the Black Panthers during her youth. “That was a while back,” she said. “I believed in their ideology. All they allowed me to do actually was to sell papers on the corner - barefoot in jeans selling Panther papers in Hyde Park. … Their ideology was, ‘Don’t turn the other cheek.’

“In the ‘70s,” she continued, “it was pretty rough for black people, and the Panthers were about defending yourself. I was all about that. I love Martin Luther King, but at the time, I thought I was going to fight the revolution. It made me sick having a gun. I got sicker and sicker and sicker until I just threw it in a pond. I figured there must be another way to do it - so I decided to use music.”

These days, Miss Khan channels that revolutionary energy into music and helping young people in Los Angeles through her foundation. She remains a bit of a fighter - but for artists’ rights.

“I’m lobbying to get paid every time a commercial uses our music,” she says. “We should get paid like actors. There has not been any legislation passed pro-musician since the 1930s.”

Viva la revolucion!

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