For the Hagers, a Degree of Anonymity
Well, that was a short honeymoon! Just eight days after they married at the Bush family ranch in Texas, Henry and Jenna Hager showed up Sunday in Charlottesville to attend his graduation from U-Va.'s Darden School of Business.
The newlyweds slipped into North Grounds Recreation Center about 30 minutes before the afternoon ceremony began, along with Henry's parents, John and Maggie Hager-- yet they went relatively unnoticed in the crowd. Henry was among 335 full-time business students who earned an MBA and walked across the stage to receive his diploma. (Where are the cellphone pictures, people?!) At the end of the two-hour program, the young Hagers were escorted out before anyone could ask them embarrassing questions about their honeymoon.
So, did they head off to Europe, as rumored? The White House had no comment, but we'll probably know more tomorrow: Jenna and Laura Bush are back on the road to promote their children's book, "Read All About It!" The co-authors will be in Los Angeles today to tape "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and appear this evening on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Karaoke With a Get-Well Tune for Ailing Kennedy
Tuesday's Childhelp fundraiser for abused kids was planned with a lighthearted premise -- bad karaoke from members of Congress and the media -- but turned into a pep rally of sorts after word emerged of Sen. Ted Kennedy's brain tumor. Held on a rooftop overlooking the Capitol, the party featured songs dedicated to the Massachusetts Democrat -- including "Sweet Caroline," the Neil Diamond tune that has become the Boston Red Sox's eighth-inning rally inspiration. Sen. Chris Dodd, Kennedy's best friend and co-chairman of the event, arrived with wife Jackie and urged everyone to remain upbeat: "Let's make a pledge: Next year at this gala, we'll get Teddy to perform. He does the worst version of 'Rosie O'Grady.' "
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
¿ Michael Douglas lunching at the Bombay Club yesterday with former flame/New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Douglas, in town to lobby for global nuclear security, arrived first (gray suit with tie); chatted with two women at the next table until Dowd showed up in a red dress. The pair were an item between his divorce from Diandra Luker and marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2000.
¿ Honeymooning: Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-- in the basement of their L.A. home. Wentz told Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday that the newlyweds skipped the whole romantic, exotic trip thing and opted for inflatable palm trees, a tanning booth and DiGiorno frozen pizza. "It's gonna look like we're on that private jet," Wentz said. "We're gonna save that 30 grand, you know?" Speaking of $$$: The groom confirmed the couple have a prenup, but would not discuss whether a baby Wentz is on the way.
"The only thing I regret saying is any of this stuff late at night when I was tired, 'cause if you are tired or angry, you shouldn't be talking. We need to give ourselves Miranda warnings."
-- Bill Clinton on his role in wife Hillary's presidential campaign, in the new People magazine.
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