The president's eldest child, Maureen Reagan, has had her problems with her family and as cochairman of the national Republican Party. In a profile in the upcoming Washingtonian, for which she refused to be interviewed, the president's daughter is described by one colleague as "charming" and "fun," as well as "a bully -- volatile and unpredictable." As an illustration of this unpredictability, writer Vera Glaser quotes a Young Republican committeewoman -- Jerri Lynn Teets -- who says that Maureen was nearly an hour late for a party gathering in Phoenix because she stopped on the way for a Big Mac. But then, hotel food being the way it is, who can blame her?

The only one of the president's children who campaigned for him full time in both presidential races, Maureen was rewarded with a Republican National Committee title, which GOP Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf points out is only that, a title and no more. "I am the chief executive officer. The party rules are explicit on that," he says. Maureen's former press secretary, Mary Joy Jameson, whom she has reduced to tears on at least one occasion, is now working at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Jameson looks back on her year in the press job as "a very painful experience."

Out and About The Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalogue, that symbol of excess and conspicious consumption, has a new his-and-her holiday gift this year. For only $7,500 a lucky couple can be part of the Greatest Show on Earth. That's cheaper than the 1985 selection of his-and-her diamonds for a cool $2 million. Last year's selection was a spangled cat, described as "a new breed of American domestic feline with lush spots like the world's big cats," for $1,400. They sold 60 of the furry creatures. This year's gift of gifts is a day with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and includes lessons in low-wire walking, elephant riding, clowning, and a chance to be a ringmaster or showgirl. So that friends and family members can share the big day, the $7,500 also includes 25 "complimentary tickets" ...

Vice President George Bush and his wife Barbara showed up at Blues Alley Sunday night for the Washington performing debut of Shelly Burch, the daughter of former Republican National Committee chairman Dean Burch. The one-night performance also featured singer Karen Akers, who appeared on Broadway with Burch in "Nine," and who will be performing at the club at the end of the month. Frank Stallone was there with his other son, actor and singer Frank Jr., who was in town to help his father celebrate his birthday. The elder Stallone wasn't saying which birthday it was. And with all those Secret Service agents prowling about, it wasn't exactly a big night for business at Blues Alley ...

New York's famous Carnegie Deli, the one featured so prominently in Woody Allen's poignant film "Broadway Danny Rose," is coming here -- or a branch counter anyway. The Carnegie is the deli that includes Henny Youngman and other Broadway characters on its roster of regulars. It may be exciting to those who frequently complain that Washington needs a New York deli, but it's not going to be located in the city. It is going to be in the EmbassySuites Hotel at Tysons Corner. Art Schultz, a spokesman for the deli, is aware Northern Virginia seems a strange place for a Manhattan deli: "I don't like to get in my car and go out there any more than you do, but the good news is that the Washington area is getting a real New York deli." He adds a promise that if it does well in the suburbs, there might be Carnegie Deli branches throughout the area. Who knows, maybe in the city. Youngman and New York Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse D'Amato are expected for the Oct. 7 opening. Then the waiters can prepare themselves for the first suburbanite who comes in and orders a pastrami on white bread with mayo ...