Mapping Out Jenna's Job
More than a month and a half after she apparently left Washington, Jenna Bush 's secretive Latin American activities are coming into focus: She is in Panama, working as an intern with UNICEF.
When the blond, younger-by-minutes First Twin gave notice last spring at the charter school where she taught Spanish-immersion classes, our sources would only acknowledge that she was heading somewhere south of the border. She spent the summer at her parents' house at 1600 Penn and was last seen around here in late August.
But a flurry of recent media reports from overseas have helped fill in the picture. A Panama City newspaper reported she was working at the humanitarian organization's offices near the Pacific coast. This week, she wrapped up a 10-day trip to Paraguay, described as a UNICEF tour for young professional volunteers; while there, wire services reported, she visited AIDS orphans and anti-child-labor charities in the capital city of Asuncion. She also dined with Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and his wife, Gloria . It now appears that Jenna is not teaching, as we had originally heard, though her work with the humanitarian organization focuses on education.
UNICEF officials did not return calls for comment. White House officials declined to comment, as they generally do with matters involving the twins.
The Royal Treatment
Kitty Kelley's "The Royals" -- her dishy take on the Windsor clan -- was published just three weeks after Princess Diana's death in 1997. So how could the Washington author resist hosting a screening for 300 friends of "The Queen," which looks at the British royal family's response to Diana's sudden demise?
"I thought that they treated an absolutely antiquated, idiotic institution with real dignity and respect," she said Wednesday at the Loews Georgetown. "While the monarchy is moronic, she -- the queen herself -- is extraordinary."
Kelley's book was published in 31 countries (but not in Great Britain because of libel law issues) and became one of the best-selling nonfiction titles here in the former colonies. She predicts that England will be a full republic within a generation: "I think the monarchy will be a fragrant memory." Sorry, Prince William !
These Pols Are Pumped About Working Out
|Williams and Davis, spinning and grinning. Or not.(Korin Miller - The Washington Post)|
THIS JUST IN . . .
Wesley Snipes hadn't been heard from since his indictment Tuesday for tax evasion, and some speculated he was on the lam. (Just like in "U.S. Marshals"! Let's put Tommy Lee Jones on his trail!) Now comes word he's been in Namibia, filming the zombie-thriller "Gallowwalker." Production chiefs declined comment to Bloomberg, and there was no word on when Snipes will return to the United States to face charges.
Those bright designer suits that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wears? Bought by her husband, Paul . "Well, she hates to shop," he told "60 Minutes" in an interview that will air Sunday. A tip for novice fashionista-husbands: He favors Armani.
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
George Pataki , digging into a four-pound lobster at the Palm downtown Wednesday night with a clutch of aides. In his final months in office, the New York governor has been mulling a 2008 presidential bid; his staff never returned calls to say why he was in town.