If Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-Mich.) has his way, the 22nd Amendment will be repealed and Ronald Reagan will be able to run for a third term. And as far as House Speaker Tip O'Neill is concerned, he wishes Reagan could be king. When asked about making it possible for Reagan to stay in the White House beyond two terms, O'Neill said, "Too bad they the Reagans can't be king and queen and didn't run the government. Then we wouldn't have a $2 trillion deficit. I would like to see Reagan as crown prince. It would take away his power."
O'Neill said he never supported limiting the president to the two four-year terms, but did not intend to bring the issue up in Congress this year. "I was always opposed to the smallness and meanness of Republicans shooting at President Roosevelt," he said. In 1944, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his fourth term as president, perplexed Republicans, fearing he could be president as long as he wanted, succeeded in passing the 22nd Amendment limiting future presidents to two terms.
But, as Vander Jagt says, "President Reagan's unprecedented approval rating indicates that there is support for the president to run again. The American people are smart enough to determine how many terms they want a president to serve." Apparently Americans are smarter now than when the 22nd Amendment was passed. The Not-So-Surprising Goya
It might surprise CBS that its big, top-secret project for a contemporary pop opera based on the life of Spanish artist Francisco Goya is not a new idea. In fact, a classical opera on that subject will be performed by the Washington Opera Company at the Kennedy Center this fall.
According to Liz Smith's column in the New York Daily News, plans are under way for a cast recording, video and full-scale production on Broadway and CBS wants Placido Domingo to sing the title role. From Nov. 15-28 at the Kennedy Center, Placido Domingo will sing the title role for the Washington Opera, and he's been under contract for the performances here for two years.
Suzanne Stephens, a spokesman for the Washington Opera, said yesterday that Domingo first discussed the idea for a Goya opera three years ago with composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who is now writing it. When asked about Domingo doing the "pop opera" for CBS, she said Domingo's representatives told her they were unaware of any contact having been made.
What isn't widely known is that Queen Sophia of Spain is expected the attend the world premiere of "Goya" here. Out and About
Some of the legendary stars of Hollywood will be at today's funeral of Oscar-winning director Vincente Minnelli, who died last Friday at 83. Gregory Peck and Kirk Douglas will give the eulogy at services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Douglas, James Stewart, producer Fred De Cordova, Jack Haley Jr., Henry Mancini, Ricardo Montalban and Kenny Rogers will be pallbearers, and honorary pallbearers will include Gene Kelly, Charlton Heston, Fred Astaire and Robert Stack. Burial will be private for the man who created such films as "Brigadoon," "An American in Paris," "Gigi" and "Lust for Life" . . .
Hospital Report: Former singing cowboy Gene Autry was released from a California hospital yesterday, 11 days after surgery to repair a broken hip. The 74-year-old multimillionaire owner of the California Angels will undergo physical therapy twice a week . . . Singer Ella Fitzgerald, hospitalized last weekend with congestive heart failure in Niagara Falls, N.Y., remains in good condition and is expected to be released later this week . . .
It's like saying Texas is a big state for Rep. Charlie Wilson to receive the "no altar boy" designation in Washingtonian Magazine's "Best and Worst" issue in July. And the Texas Democrat has said he will be at Thursday's "Best and Worst" party at the Capital Hilton hotel along with the best pizza and exotic chocolate delights at a fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society.