- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2009

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going rogue on her holiday plans.

We hear from a source close to last year’s Republican vice-presidential nominee that she and her family will spend Thanksgiving away from the Palin stomping grounds in Wasilla while gobbling up their dinner in Seattle as Mrs. Palin is on her national book tour.

Her memoir, “Going Rogue,” released last week, is flying off the shelves, and throngs of excited fans have been camping outside stores awaiting her book-signing events.

Still not sure if Palin extended-family black sheep Levi Johnston, the former boyfriend of Mrs. Palin’s daughter Bristol and father of her grandchild, will be joining.

Mrs. Palin indicated on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” recently that Mr. Johnston would be welcome.

‘Wives’ who crash

Rumored “Real Housewife of D.C.” Michaele Salahi stepped out in style Tuesday night with hubby Tareq, and for once without a camera in tow.

The Salahis’ photos posted on Facebook show them with celebrities, including CBS news anchor Katie Couric, ABC’s Robin Roberts and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The background shows that the duo gained access to the South Lawn tent where the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was given, but there is no photo of the couple seated for the festive dinner.

It turns out they were not invited, but they still were flying high when they returned home about 3 a.m.

We hear the camera crew for “The Real Housewives of D.C.,” the Bravo show set to debut next year, filmed the couple getting ready for their big night but were not allowed inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“WOW is all I can say. What a fantastic night! Honored to be there,” Mrs. Salahi wrote us in an e-mail.

“I was really in love with the warmth and the feeling of us being comfortable, like we were at home,” she continued.

“I loved the presence of the military and how organized the evening was and flowed so beautifully! I am always impressed how the president remembers us by name. I don’t know how he does it!”

Mr. and Mrs. Salahi organize the America’s Polo Cup, one of the major events on the social calendar. Mrs. Salahi says the United States will challenge India at the Cup next June and that “[the Indian team is] very excited in this first ever cultural connection being hosted on the D.C. National Mall since polo is one of the primary sports in India and in fact, polo was invented in India.”

Mrs. Salahi is not the only wife working the town. Kim Zolciak, the bodacious blond cast member from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is in Washington and made reservations to dine at hot spot Cork on Wednesday night.

We hear she was looking for a place with a good wine list, but let’s hope she doesn’t overdo it. On the show, she got into a profanity-laced screaming match with another cast member during a restaurant altercation that ended in a hair-pulling fight on the sidewalk outside.

Those shenanigans may work in Hot-lanta, but not here, Miss Z!

Working holidays

It may be one of the biggest holidays of the year, but G2 won’t let the turkey and pumpkin pie get in the way of the real dish! We did some poking around to find out how some notables about town planned to spend their holiday.

Fox News Supreme Court correspondent Shannon Bream will be working, but that won’t stop her from celebrating. “Working in the news business often means working holidays,” she says. “As such, my best friend and her family have developed the tradition of joining me and my husband wherever work takes me for the week of Thanksgiving. This year, it’s New York City - an adventure the kids are already devouring! The Bream/McNichols tradition means the big meal is at a hotel or restaurant, but it always feels like ‘home’ when we’re all together.”

Her colleague Molly Henneberg, the breaking-news correspondent for Fox News, also will be on duty. “This is somewhat of a different Thanksgiving this year,” she says. “My husband is a Marine lawyer deployed to Afghanistan, and I’m working 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. I will go over to my parents’ house after that for leftovers, but Thanksgiving is the three-weeks-out marker for my husband’s return home, which is really, really exciting!”

Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, told us via e-mail, “I am cooking a 30-pound turkey with all of the trimmings that go with it. My entire family is together, including my four grandkids, and I am so grateful for this blessing.”

Speaking of culinary delights, we hear that the cast of “August: Osage County,” the 2008 Tony Award-winning drama at the Kennedy Center that opened Tuesday and runs through Dec. 20, is scheduled to dine at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday.

We hear famed actress Estelle Parsons will be joining them.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail [email protected]

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