Correction to This Article
The Magazine Reader column in the Sept. 12 Style section incorrectly identified the McLean private school that auctions off the naming rights to its private road. It is the Country Day School, not the Potomac School.
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Georgetown Is Over: McLean Is The Hot Spot, Says New Republic

Meow! Don't you just love these ruling-class catfights?

McLean has a fine public school system, but the new elite -- like the old elite -- prefers to educate its spawn in private school, especially the tony Potomac School, where the annual tuition is $22,000 per tyke. Every year, Crowley reports, the school auctions off the naming rights for the little road that ambles through the bucolic 87-acre campus. The bidding runs into "five figures," and Ed and Edwina Rogers have won the last two auctions. This year the road is called Sabra Lane, after their daughter. Last year it was Haley Lane after their son, who is named for Ed's old lobbying partner, Haley Barbour, the former RNC honcho and current Mississippi governor.

Isn't that special?

Life in McLean is just ducky, Crowley reports, except for one pesky problem: Sometimes, according to local lore, the illegal immigrants who keep the McMansions clean accidentally drive onto the grounds of the CIA and they're never seen again.

And it's so hard to get good help these days.

The Worldly-Wise Bill Clinton

Love him or hate him, Bill Clinton remains one of the most fascinating pols in America. This week's New Yorker contains a very long but riveting piece on Clinton by David Remnick, the editor of that magazine, who apparently assigned himself the job of traveling with Clinton to Arkansas, New Hampshire, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Along the way, Clinton hobnobbed with Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates and several heads of state, played endless games of Oh, Hell with his staff, and discoursed on everything from the history of light bulbs to the spread of AIDS.

On the U.S. failure to stop genocide in Rwanda: "That was my fault. I should have been alert and alive to it. And that's why I went there and apologized in '98."

On Boris Yeltsin: "I don't care how drunk he was sometimes. Yeltsin really hated Communism."

On contemporary Republicans: "Nixon was a Communist compared to this crowd."

On John Kerry's reaction when his war record was attacked during the 2004 presidential campaign: He "should have challenged Bush and Cheney to a town-hall debate on their respective Vietnam records. Bush and Cheney were like me -- they didn't go. Kerry was a genuine war hero!"

On his wife's possible campaign for the presidency: "I literally have no idea yet whether my wife will want to run for President. . . . I don't know if she can win if she runs."

Maybe I'm perverse, but my favorite part of the piece came when Remnick described Clinton touring a museum in Ethiopia and talking about bonobo apes:

"They have the most incredibly developed social sense," he said. "When one of them makes a kill, they share the food, unlike all the other apes." And then, Clinton said with a laugh, "they fall to the ground and have group sex. It's a way of relieving aggression!" Such behavior, he said, "would drive the Christian right crazy!"


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