The Bush Gals, Together Again in D.C.

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

After a long, twinless spring, Jenna and Barbara Bush are back in town! The first daughters (Jenna in a maroon sleeveless dress, Barbara in a silver-white dress) spent Saturday night with two female friends at Hook, the new "sustainable seafood" restaurant in Georgetown; they dined on calamari, beet salad and country ham appetizers, followed by bluefish and tautog -- that's a fish, too, y'all -- personally delivered by chef Barton Seaver . Spirits were high: Jenna got into a friendly chat with former Wizards/now Knicks player Jared Jeffries and his pals at a nearby table -- one diner saw the men send shots over to the twins' table. The women left, only to return with four more friends, and the whole bunch of them spent the rest of the evening in Hook's bar-lounge.

The last time the pair were spotted in Washington together was way back in January, then Barbara went back to her job in New York and Jenna to her work with UNICEF in Latin America. No word if Jenna's staying for the summer to put the finishing touches on "Ana's Story," her book about a 17-year-old single mother in Panama. Sources say Jenna is gearing up for her book tour this fall.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

  • Donald Rumsfeld busing his own table in the cafe car of an N.Y.C.-D.C. train Sunday night. The regular train, too, not even Acela.
  • Paul Wolfowitz, smiling Saturday morning as he worked up some treadmill sweat at downtown's Sports Club/LA. But back to the grumpy face when he went out to the lobby to retrieve his cellphone from his security guy.
  • George Tenet getting a coffee with milk and a bag of something at a Bethesda Dunkin' Donuts yesterday; then he sat on a bench outside and read the paper.
  • Food Network superstar Giada De Laurentiis tasting crab cakes, granola and buffalo jerky at the Dupont Circle farmers' market Sunday a.m. -- and taping it all for a show, of course. Oh, and even in four-inch platforms? Shorter than you expect.
  • Looks Like She Had a Ball on Center Court

    Mystics owner Sheila Johnson came out swinging for Saturday's WNBA season opener at Verizon Center: The billionaire ordered up a custom poodle skirt handmade by Bob Mackie, then took center court with dancer Milton English for a pregame twirl to "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and "Rock Around the Clock," followed by "Electric Slide" at halftime. Would Dan Snyder do the Twist? Ted Leonsis try a tutu?

    THIS JUST IN . . .

  • Former "Prison Break" co-star Lane Garrison pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in last year's Los Angeles car crash that killed a high school student he had offered a ride to. The actor, 26, faces up to six years and eight months in prison.

    "Thomas Jefferson [and] I share a few things in common. . . . We're both violin players. We both had hair that stood out in a crowd. Mr. Jefferson experimented with hemp, and so did I."

    -- Boyd Tinsley saluting the University of Virginia's founder in a speech on Saturday at Valedictory Exercises. The Charlottesville native and violinist for the Dave Matthews Band "occasionally" attended U-Va. in the '80s, where he studied American history.

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