A Power Party of Eight Now this is what we call a power dinner.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld treated Vice President Cheney, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz and their wives to dinner at Georgetown's Citronelle Thursday night. The final bill: about $1,100.
Sources at the restaurant said the group did not appear to be engaged in a war-planning session or economic strategizing. "It appeared to be just a social meeting," an employee said. "If it were not for the 30 Secret Service agents, it would have been just another party of eight."
In fact, none of those agents took so much as a doggie bag home; they had bottled water. One agent was assigned to shadow chef Michel Richard as he prepared meals for the political heavyweights.
We don't know what members of the power party ordered, except for the perpetually dieting Cheney; we hear he dined on venison. We also know that Rumsfeld arranged for a 20 percent gratuity.
First Speaker: John McCain
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to give a speech Monday night at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, the first speaker in the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Platinum Speaker Series. Other speakers scheduled for the series are Roger Dow, Newt Gingrich and James Carville.
A reception will follow, and we are told that the senator will be signing copies of his memoirs, "Worth the Fighting For."
'Late Show' Departees
Sirajul Islam and Mujibar Rahman are being driven off of television.
More specifically, the salesmen at Manhattan's K&A America souvenir store, who are better known as David Letterman's favorite neighbors, are leaving "The Late Show" because their store is closing. The store is a victim of spiraling rents in the Broadway area, with its landlord hoping to bring in a tenant with deeper pockets.
Sirajul and Mujibar have been regular guests on Letterman's show since shortly after it debuted at the Ed Sullivan Theater in 1993. Not only has Letterman frequently sent over camera crews and conducted on-the-spot interviews with the two natives of Bangladesh, he's also sent them on a coast-to-coast tour and even arranged for Sirajul to pitch in a minor league baseball game in Iowa.
"You always did a great job for us and we're going to miss you guys," Letterman told the pair this week before presenting them with some lovely parting gifts: a dozen roses and a new vacuum cleaner.
Gabor Moved From Cedars-Sinai
Actress and convicted cop-slapper Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was injured in a traffic accident nearly two months ago, has been moved from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to a luxury suite at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, which caters to aging stars, her husband, Frederic von Anhalt, said Thursday.
The 85-year-old actress was injured in a Nov. 27 crash in West Hollywood. She was a passenger in the front seat of a car that struck a light pole. Gabor suffered broken bones and several severe cuts. Her hairdresser, who was driving, suffered minor injuries.
-- Compiled by Pete L. Zanko
from staff and wire reports