They Wouldn't Wait in the Lobby
Where indeed? As the Times pointed out, this one came from a book called "My Turn," Nancy Reagan's autobiography, in which she talks of Bush's telling her that Regan should be axed.
She told Bush she agreed and asked him to tell her husband.
"Nancy," he said, "that's not my role."
"That's exactly your role," Mrs. Reagan replied, according to her book. "But as far as I know, George Bush never spoke to Ronnie about Don Regan."
Bush told King that he did in fact talk to Regan about leaving, but only after the president asked him to.
Republicans Who Rate
Amidst the outpourings of grief, these have been days of highest anxiety, bordering on panic, we hear, for some Washington Republicans. The worry? Would they get an invitation to the funeral at the National Cathedral today.
There would be only about 1,000 tickets left (including spouses) for Nancy Reagan to send out after about 3,000 went to lawmakers, diplomats and other official folks.
First, there was the concern over whether the fax would come telling them there would be an invite.
Then, the worry that maybe there would be a mix-up, or the fax would be inaccurate and the invitation wouldn't come through.
And yesterday, trembling hands all over Washington slowly turned over the invitations to see the color of the little mark on the back.
That's how they would know if they rated primo spots or had been relegated to the cheap seats in back.
Next time, Montana Rep. Dennis Rehberg might follow the lead of a fellow Montana Republican, Sen. Conrad Burns. During their visit to Kazakhstan over Memorial Day weekend, their hosts invited them for a little horseback ride in the mountains after dinner. Burns demurred.
But Rehberg, a rancher among other things, accepted, despite having had a few vodka toasts at dinner. As his office explains it, Rehberg is used to Western saddles with pommels, but Kazakh saddles don't have those. So Rehberg had trouble dismounting and ended up on his rear. A nearby horse startled.
Result: one broken rib, a few others bruised and an extra couple days in Kazakhstan.
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