- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The USO report

Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,” has been teasing his viewers with the promise that he will volunteer for a USO tour and broadcast his show from the Middle East.

Sloan Gibson, president and chief executive officer of the United Services Organization, told us yesterday that Mr. Colbert is not bluffing. He will be doing a week’s worth of shows “soon.” For security reasons, an exact date and location could not be revealed.

However, Mr. Colbert should brace himself for a fun and meaningful experience entertaining the troops, Mr. Gibson said in a newsmaker interview with editors and reporters of The Washington Times.

The celebrity guests “are hooked,” the USO chief said. “As soon as we take them to the tarmac to go home, they want to come back.”

Housewife-free D.C.

Bravo reps have confirmed to Green and Glover that no plans are in the works for a “Real Housewives of Washington” installment.

Why not? It seems to us this area is ripe with tension, drama and competition among all the Lady Macbeth types angling to be alpha queen in the new social era of Obama.

One person who thinks it would be a good idea is Caroline Manzo, a star on “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the latest installment of the “Housewives” franchise, which debuted on May 12.

“That would be a trip,” she recently told G2 by phone. Mrs. Manzo - a traditional wife and mother who describes herself as “a throwback - I am June Cleaver and Sharon Osbourne mixed in a bag” - says she is the political junkie of the Jersey wives.

Although she declined to give her political party affiliation, she told us it is easy to figure out “by watching how I conduct myself.”

Um, Republican, G2 ventured?

“Very intuitive,” Mrs. Manzo coyly complimented us, without confirming our guess.

Mrs. Manzo told us that the series was shot last summer as the presidential campaign was heating up, but the other wives steered clear of political catfights.

While we apparently won’t see the series in Washington, we may eventually see one of the show’s stars. Mrs. Manzo has divulged to us that her law student son, Albie, a frequent figure on the show, has “political aspirations.”

Great, Albie. We will look forward to “The Real Housewives of Congress.”

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