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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Obama, Santorum go west, Nixon secretary gets ink, and Mitt’s Mormonism comes up (Read-this roundup)


President Barack Obama, shown here with actor Al Pacino, is heading to Tinseltown. (Susan Walsh - AP)
How’s this for contrast?

President Obama is going to Hollywood today as part of a trip whose itinerary looks something like this: “Foo Fighters will play a live performance. Later, at the same residence, actors Will Ferrell and Jack Black will be among the 80 guests joining the president for a $35,800-per-plate dinner.”

Meanwhile, former senator Rick Santorum, in his bid for the GOP nomination, has had some very different meetings. He’s been in Idaho, Oklahoma, and other points west, “meeting with pastors, condemning the expansion of same-sex marriage laws and of government, and touting his conservative values,” our colleague Nia Malika-Henderson reports.

Even though both men are westward-bound, we can only imagine Santorum’s conversations are going in a very different direction than Obama’s. Blasting gay marriage at a Tinseltown fundraiser? Awk-ward!

Elsewhere, Rose Mary Woods, the secretary to Richard Nixon who famously erased a crucial bit of Watergate tape, is usually a footnote in the former president’s notorious scandal. But she’s getting good billing these days: first, the Loop reported on an award given in her name; and now, she’s scoring plenty of ink in a fictionalized account of Watergate by Thomas Mallon.

In today’s Book World review of the novel, Watergate, we learn that Mallon imagines Rose Mary contemplating “when her boss will get his own marble temple on the Mall. It’s the sort of arresting moment of naivete that frequently punctuates this witty, surprisingly humane dramatization of that vaudevillian chapter in American politics.”

And the Mormon issue is rearing its head for Mitt Romney now that Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is calling on the former Massachusetts governor to ask his church to denounce the practice of posthumous baptizing of non-Mormons.

And our favorite headline right now is courtesy of our colleague Aaron Blake: “Why Callista Gingrich is like box of chocolates.”

By  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/15/2012

 
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