(We're not sure what to say about that last one except: Oh, behave, Ann!)
Arun Gandhi's Very Positive Approach
Arun Gandhi -- peace activist, adviser to the U.N. secretary general and yes, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi -- wrapped up a brief visit to Washington yesterday by doing what he does best: advocating nonviolence. "We all contribute to violence every day in our lives," he told a community lunch crowd at Nathans restaurant in Georgetown. "Consciously and unconsciously."
The Ann Coulter action figure. Its weapon? A sharp tongue.
(Center for American Progress)
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The 71-year-old -- who looks decades younger -- has lived in America for 18 years. He considers his name a great legacy but told us: "Sometimes I get reactions -- in unexpected places. Like security at the airport. It doesn't help very much. They still frisk me."
And, in case you're wondering, he loved the movie "Gandhi," starring Ben Kingsley, but admits he now has problems seeing the actor in any other role: "It's ironic how you stereotype people."
Former ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler summed up the hour-long chat as "a class in fundamentals." The primary lesson from Gandhi:
"Keep your thoughts positive because thoughts will become your words. Keep your words positive because words will become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because behavior will become your habit. Keep your habits positive because habits will become your values. Keep your values positive because values will become your destiny."
"Wow. Maybe you should address a joint session of Congress," quipped Nathans owner Carol Joynt.
We Hope He Did It Justice
Was that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a Bethesda Italian restaurant singing "God Bless America"? Yes, at a tuneful birthday party for Republican lawyer Joe DiGenova. We're told that Scalia and his wife, Maureen, joined a crowd of 100, including couples Michael Chertoff and his wife, Meryl Justin, John and Michelle Engler, and Ted Olson and Lady Booth, at Tragara Ristorante to celebrate DiGenova's 60th on Saturday night.
"I invited him up for 'God Bless America' and the audience joined in," DiGenova told us. "We were honored to have him there, and he's a great singer. . . . He is by far at the top of the line of all judicial singers."
As the evening went on, various attendees, including Scalia, sang standards and show tunes played by pianist Bob Smith. Among the hits, says one attendee: "People Will Say We're in Love."
Her wish is Chris Matthews's command: Actress Debra Messing, who graces the cover of the current issue of Marie Claire, told the magazine that she's dying to meet the "Hardball" host, saying, "Matthews is my man." (Yes, we're confused too.) The "Will & Grace" star was booked to go on "Hardball" tonight. But apparently she's sick and we're told to expect to see her on the show soon. Perhaps the two can chat about Messing's new romantic comedy, "The Wedding Date"?
A wedding toast (perhaps with Coronas?) for Ambassador Antonio Garza and Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala, who married near Mexico City.
(Chris Vail For The Washington Post)
Speaking of which: U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio O. Garza Jr., 45, wed billionaire Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala, 41, in a private Roman Catholic ceremony in the Mexico City area Saturday. The couple plans a larger civil bash sometime in the next two months. She's vice president of the company that makes Corona and Negra Modelo beers.
Tom Daschle seems to have adapted well to life out of the fast lane -- i.e., the Senate. We've spotted him tooling around town in a brand-new, two-door Lexus sports car.