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Of Course the President Remembers You!

This Minneapolis restroom isn't getting much rest.
This Minneapolis restroom isn't getting much rest. (By Andy King -- Associated Press)

Sure hope Wilder reminds Bush about his anniversary, the twins' birthday . . .


Polls overseas show Muslims' views of the United States going through the floor. Even in NATO ally Turkey, the United States' favorable rating is down to 9 percent, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, down from 30 percent five years ago and 52 percent in 2000.

But public diplomacy czarina Karen Hughes says she's determined to keep plugging away to turn this around.

Hughes surfaced on Fox News on Sept. 11 to talk about her efforts. "I this morning had a meeting with Secretary Rice, talking about how we could help reach out to young people in the Palestinian territories," she said, "and how we could help foster economic development there."

Actually, her job there became easier a while back when the administration's push for democracy in the Middle East finally succeeded, and there were democratic elections in Gaza. The voters messed up, elected the wrong people, and now we do business with only one Palestinian territory.

Larry's Room

Let's have a big Loop Welcome Back for Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who returned to Washington yesterday for the first time since his Minneapolis airport bathroom adventure became public.

Craig was back at the Capitol "representing Idaho, working on transition and meeting with his legal team," spokesman Dan Whiting told the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Statesman reports that the aforementioned men's room has become a hot tourist attraction. Visitors ask for "the Larry Craig bathroom," which is conveniently located right in the middle of the main shopping concourse at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

"People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door -- man, it's been crazy," one worker there said. Another person who works near the bathroom said she'd been asked "several times" to take pictures in front of the famous spot.

Even the locals are enchanted. Jon and Sally Westby of Minneapolis were headed to Guatemala last week, but "we had to just stop and check out the bathroom," Sally said. "In fact, it's Jon's second time. He was here last week."

"I checked it out," he said. "It's the second stall from the right."

Who needs Mayan ruins?

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