in lovefest with Bush
there's anything more unappealing than watching politicians mud wrestle,
it's watching them pretend they like each other.
___ Oozing insincerity, Presi-dent Bush
praised his predecessor on Monday during an unveiling of the Clintons'
official (and utterly mediocre) White House portraits.
___ Bush couldn't have believed a word
he was saying, but, this being an election year, his advisers decided
a little bipartisanship might woo some Democratic and independent voters,
even if that meant alienating the Republican base.
"He filled this house with energy and joy," Bush said during
a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Energy and joy? While campaigning in 2000, didn't Bush promise to restore
dignity to the Oval Office? Didn't W. fumigate the Oval Office before
You'd hardly guess he was talking about the same person: High praise,
indeed: Bush didn't sound this effusive when he delivered his eulogy
for Ronald Reagan last week.
The speechwriters could have inserted Ronald Reagan's name, and the
speech would have worked at the late president's memorial.
"Bill Clinton could always see a better day ahead, and Americans
knew he was working hard to bring that day closer," gushed the
current White House occupant.
Just warming to his subject, Bush continued, "Over eight years,
it was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency."
Bush might as well introduce his predecessor to the Democratic political
convention in August before Clinton addresses the delegates.
There was more of the same: "As a candidate for any office, whether
it be state attorney general or the president, Bill Clinton showed incredible
energy and great personal appeal."
Besides his "hard work and drive and determination and optimism,"
Clinton "advance(d) the causes that drew him to public service."
"As chief executive, he showed a deep and far-ranging knowledge
of public policy," Bush went on, making his listeners wonder if
he'd switched parties.
The Clintons obviously enjoyed the ceremony. Bill was also willing to
let bygones be bygones, but Hillary still does not forgive their critics.
Mangling syntax and grammar, the senator lashed out at their enemies
once again, but it's not clear why. "One thing that has never been
said about either my husband or I (sic) ‹ nearly everything else has
been ‹ but one thing that hasn't is that we're patient people."
"Those of you who know us know that's not at all descriptive,"
Now we know: The Clintons are not patient people. That was Hillary's
way of complimenting the artist, Simmie Knox, for making two impatient
subjects sit for their portraits.
Making people sit for their portraits is a talent worth noting, but
somebody should tell the truth about the two portraits ‹ they're terrible
and not worth hanging up in the White House.
World-class blues played near here
couple of great blues musicians showed up at Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock
on Thursday night.
___ Michael Burks, probably Arkansas' most talented
young bluesman, dropped in to catch Deborah Coleman and her band and he
was impressed. [FULL
Reagan had won in '76
of words and thousands of images have filled newspapers and television screens
since the passing of Ronald Reagan on Saturday.
colleagues, politicians and scholars have discussed every facet of his remarkable
life: How he started out poor, became a Holly-wood star, found a second
career on television, then a third as a corporate spokesman, and yet another,
more spectacular career as a politician.
His life has been thoroughly examined this week, but one crucial period
and its consequences are virtually overlooked: His losing out to President
Ford for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 1976, which,
it could be argued, helped the Soviets stay in power for several more years.
These Vets couldn't go to unveiling
Albert Jonikas couldn't make it to the dedication of the World War II memorial
over the weekend.
an 84-year-old veteran of the Second World War who saw action in the Pacific
- Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa, which was near where the Japanese surrendered
- but he doesn't get around much anymore. [FULL