Souvenir From a Spider Hole

President Bush has added an interesting memento to his souvenir collection: the pistol seized from Saddam Hussein when he was captured near his home town of Tikrit last December.

According to White House spokesman Jim Morrell, the mounted handgun was given to the president by U.S. troops involved in the capture of the Iraqi dictator, Time magazine reported yesterday.

"The president was proud of the performance and bravery of our armed forces and was honored to receive it on behalf of the troops involved in the operation," Morrell said.

The gun is kept in a small study off the Oval Office where the president displays other memorabilia. According to Time, the president is proud of his new keepsake. The magazine quoted one White House visitor as saying, "He really liked showing it off."

Unfortunately, the pistol is too small to be considered a weapon of mass destruction.

Say What?

Hey, baby boomers, can you hear me now? Good. Because Pat Benatar wants to make sure your hearing aid is in working order.

Trying to appeal to the rock-and-roll sensibilities of baby boomers, Energizer has enlisted the '80s rocker to help promote sales of hearing aid batteries.

"Our generation has helped shape American culture, especially since we're the first to be raised on rock 'n' roll," the singer says in a brochure for Energizer's new marketing campaign, "It's Hip to Hear."

Benatar, 51, does not need a hearing aid, but Energizer is hoping she will help remove the stigma associated with wearing one, Energizer's Ernie Petrus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week.

"From Aerosmith to the Rolling Stones, our music defines us, but all those years of rockin' are beginning to take a toll," Benatar says in the brochure -- failing to mention the hearing loss incurred by decades of that pink rabbit thumping up a heinous racket.

Noted . . .

Diva par excellence Patti LaBelle hit the stage over the weekend at the Fashion Cares HIV/AIDS benefit in Toronto, with supermodel Linda Evangelista hosting the runway show. LaBelle, 60, performed in a light blue fringed dress and an ornate headdress with feathers cascading down her back. After her opening number, LaBelle expressed her concern for the cause, and added: "And you know I must really care if I put this hat on my head" . . . Burbank officials dedicated their downtown post office to Bob Hope Saturday, on what would have been the comedian's 101st birthday. Longtime publicist Ward Grant cited one of Hope's old post office jokes. "He would have said, 'When I was a child, I used to collect postage stamps. I had all nine of them' " . . . Actor Scott Wolf tied the knot with reality TV personality Kelley Limp Saturday in the bride's home town of Fayetteville, Ark. Wolf, formerly starred in the Fox hit "Party of Five," while Limp appeared on MTV's "Real World: New Orleans."

. . . and Quoted

"If you live in a world where you cannot kill, occupy or imprison all your actual or potential adversaries . . . you have to try to build a world with more friends and fewer terrorists. That is the purpose of politics, to bring people together when they cannot control each other and they must work together."

-- Former president Bill Clinton, giving the senior convocation speech at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday.

-- Compiled by Chris Richards

from staff and wire reports

Baby boomers who grew up going to loud rock concerts now have a contemporary, Pat Benatar, to sell them hearing aid batteries.Patti LaBelle at a concert last month.