A Dog Day Afternoon In Georgetown
Another one of George Stephanopoulos's dogs appears to be headed for some heavy disciplinary action. His mutt Charlie, a mix of Jack Russell terrier and dachshund, bit a 9-year-old boy in Georgetown on Monday. The wound necessitated a trip to the emergency room, but we're told the boy is fine.
In late May, the ABC News star's other dog, a dachshund named Gilbert, got loose in Northwest Washington. A 37-year-old police sergeant collapsed and died while pursuing it.
The biting incident occurred outside a smoothie shop on Wisconsin Avenue. "I feel badly and of course it won't happen again," Stephanopoulos, host of "This Week" and a former top Clinton administration official, told us yesterday. "I apologized immediately and offered to help any way I could."
Stephanopoulos was with his wife, Ali Wentworth, and young daughter at the time. They had both dogs with them, on leashes. Wentworth stopped for a smoothie. Outside, Jacqueline Falk of Georgetown was with her son and 4-year-old daughter. What happened next is unclear, but Charlie bit the boy on the leg. Falk declined to comment for publication.
The Woman Who Shows Arnold Who's Boss
* Should we call him Onan the Barbarian? (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he landed in the doghouse with his staunchly Democratic wife, Maria Shriver, for his speech backing President Bush at the Republican convention in August. "Well, there was no sex for 14 days," Schwarzenegger told former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta on Monday in Monterey, during an onstage conversation before 1,000 people. "Everything comes with side effects," the guv added, to the crowd's great amusement. It was part of the always-riveting Panetta Institute for Public Policy lecture series.
We wondered what Shriver, the niece of John F. Kennedy, might have to say. Schwarzenegger's office assured us Tuesday it was all a big joke and said there would be no further comment. Arnold, that big lovable lunk, referred to Maria several times during the 90-minute conversation, the Associated Press reports. Asked about the difference between following movie scripts and being on his own in politics, he quipped: "When you're married to my wife, you're never your own boss."
White House Wheeling and Dealing
* Service to the Nation Dept.: After chatting with President Bush and his fellow White House aides, senior adviser Karl Rove parked himself under the wheels of Air Force One on Monday at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. We don't know exactly why -- pool reporters couldn't hear the exchange that prompted Rove to consider the ultimate sacrifice.
"He must have heard about the latest polls," speculated poolers David E. Sanger of the New York Times and Tamara Lipper of Newsweek, who also described Rove as a "court jester." But, they write, "in the end, Karl decided that it wasn't worth it, and that his legacy for this campaign should not be a stain on the runway." So he got up and boarded the plane.
* It will be a reunion of sorts for Kennedy-era New Frontier types at 11 a.m. tomorrow as mourners gather for Pierre Salinger's funeral service at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is scheduled to give the eulogy. The 79-year-old former press secretary to President Kennedy and ABC News Paris bureau chief died over the weekend in his home in France. His widow, Nicole, is bringing Salinger's ashes to Washington. A Navy veteran of World War II, he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
* Bradley Whitford may have more in common with his "West Wing" character, Josh Lyman, than we realize. The actor has become active in the Washington-based Alliance for Justice, pushing a pro-environment, reproductive rights and civil rights message in a brief documentary, "Just One Vote," about the upcoming election's impact on the Supreme Court. "When it comes to selecting a Supreme Court justice, the president's voice will resound not just for his term in office but for generations to come," he says in the film that's being distributed on college campuses. "This isn't a television show. This is your life. And for that, you still have a chance to write the script."
With Anne Schroeder