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'Loopy' takes Japan by storm

After discussion with several experts -- actually, reporter colleagues who sit within a 30-foot radius -- the consensus is that the term essentially refers to someone oddly detached from reality. For example, almost anything former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) has said since he acknowledged his "love child" last year with a woman called the "campaign videographer" would probably qualify as loopy.

Another example would be South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), who went on television after his torrid love affair with an Argentine woman was discovered and said that, while he had done something wrong, he would not resign.

That was more or less okay. But then, according to his soon-to-be-ex-wife's memoirs, he called his estranged wife and asked about his news-conference performance, "How did I do?"

Now, that was loopy. Hope this helps.

A brief detour

Reporters on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's plane, returning Friday from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Estonia on nuclear weapons and what to do with them, were treated to a showing of the movie "Dr. Strangelove." This is the 1964 classic black comedy, subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," with Peter Sellers.

(The selections are made by an ad hoc group of staff, security people and so forth. Sometimes people bring their own DVDs. Clinton's private cabin is on a separate video system.)

After a stop in Canada, the plane landed at JFK in New York to drop off the secretary. Some government officials have home-to-office cars and drivers. Not many have home-to-office planes and pilots. This is at least the second time she's been dropped off in New York City on a flight to Washington. Raised some eyebrows.

To which State Department spokesman Philippe Reines replied: "I have a three-word suggestion for whoever felt put out: Orbitz dot com."

Wait a minute! We pay for these seats.

Update that résumé

Much angst these days at the Pentagon. Seems the undersecretary of defense for personnel, Clifford Stanley, is summarily canning a whole bunch of people, including Noel Koch, who was running the Wounded Warrior program, according to my former colleague Tom Ricks, writing in his blog at

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates believes that the office is in "desperate need of a wholesale reorganization," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told Ricks, and has given Stanley "wide authority to revamp it from top to bottom." Morrell added: "There probably will be more changes in the offing."

Guess that should be considered ample warning.

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