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Kindred Spirits

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page C03

"Being a politician makes your hair turn white," George Washington told Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the oldest man in the Senate, at Tuesday's "Make History Strong in Our Schools" event on the Hill. "Amen!" Byrd responded. Okay, it really wasn't George but Bill Sommerfield, an impersonator from Colonial Williamsburg. We got confused because the pair look so much like contemporaries.

Princess Leia Does the Charity Thing

• "Star Wars" frenzy is back, with tickets already selling out nationwide for the first showings of the series's final installment at 12:01 a.m. May 19. But hard-core fans can get a sneak peek in Washington on May 12 at a charity premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" at the Loews Cineplex Uptown on Connecticut Avenue. Princess Leia Organa, aka Carrie Fisher, will be there in person.

Robert Byrd with Historic Interpreters
Robert Byrd with Historic Interpreters
The olde grip and grin: Byrd with Jefferson (aka Bill Barker), left, and Washington (Bill Sommerfield). (Tom Green - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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The Freestylin' Judy Woodruff, Putting the Hip in Hip-Hop

• Offering apologies to Eminem and 50 Cent, Judy Woodruff, the strait-laced CNN anchor, donned sunglasses and threw down some rhymes at an American News Women's Club gala Tuesday night honoring Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, the venerable First Couple of this publication.

The CNN anchor, keepin' it real on Tuesday night. (Christy Bowe - ImageCatcher News)
The rap began like this:

There once was a couple named Sally and Ben

So beautiful and popular, they were models for Barbie and Ken!

But much more than good looks drew crowds to this pair,

It was their brains and their guts that made them so rare.

Hmm. We're thinking thunk, not crunk. But Woodruff, who hosts "Inside Politics," admits she's no original gangsta. "It's pretty pathetic," she told us yesterday. "My children would be incredibly embarrassed if they heard this."


• Approaching the speaker's lobby in the House yesterday, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) took note of some desks, couches and even a refrigerator sitting in a hallway. "I wonder if [Tom] DeLay is already moving out," he quipped to a colleague -- or at least that's what radio correspondent Chad Pergram tells us he overheard. But Rahall's press secretary says his boss actually uttered, "I hope they're not moving him out already." ("They" being the GOP.) You be the judge.

• No-tolerance policy: Yesterday was 4/20, a revered date among dope smokers because it refers to what some potheads consider the prime toking time (4:20 p.m.). At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, students circulated a memo that bore the forged signature of Acting Principal Sean Bulson and stated that the school would be celebrating the recreational use of marijuana. "The last paragraph of the letter claims there will be an assembly at 1:50 today, and of course this is not true," Bulson assured parents in an e-mail yesterday.

• A Vietnam vet waited 90 minutes in line at a book signing by Jane Fonda near Kansas City on Tuesday night, then spit tobacco juice into her face. "It was absolutely worth it. There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did," Michael Smith, 54, told the Kansas City Star, adding that he considered Fonda a traitor for her visit to Hanoi in 1972. Charged with disorderly conduct, he was released on bond. Continuing her tour promoting "My Life So Far" yesterday, Fonda said in a statement: "In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night."

With Anne Schroeder

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