A White House Sandal

There are two things we should be used to in political Washington: flip-flops and flaps. Now we have a flip-flop flap.

Northwestern University's national championship women's lacrosse team visited the White House last week, a day filled with pride and photo ops with the prez.

And in the women's prized photo with President Bush, you can see four women in their dresses and skirts -- and flip-flops. Thus the flap. After all, Bush has banned jeans at the White House as disrespectful.

The headline on a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune screamed "YOU WORE FLIP-FLOPS TO THE WHITE HOUSE?!," inspired by an e-mail sent to player Kate Darmody from her older brother after he saw the photo. Other family members were upset, too. "It mortified me," huffed the mother of player Aly Josephs.

"Nobody was wearing old beach flip-flops," protested Josephs, of Reisterstown, Md., who wore a pair with rhinestones.

Explained Darmody: "I tried to think of something that would go well with my outfit and at the same time not be that uncomfortable, but at the same time not disrespect the White House."

On NBC's "Today" show yesterday, Darmody and teammate Shelby Chlopak said they would auction off the flip-flops, with the proceeds going to a fund for a 10-year-old girl with a brain tumor.

Jude Law's Nanny Affair

Jude Law publicly apologized yesterday to his fiancee, actress Sienna Miller, for having a month-long affair with his child's nanny.

"I just want to say that I am deeply ashamed and upset that I've hurt Sienna and the people most close to us. I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused," the 32-year-old actor said in a statement.

BBC News reports that the affair occurred with 26-year-old Daisy Wright, hired to care for one of Law's children as he filmed "All the King's Men" earlier this year.

Law has three children with his ex-wife, designer-actress Sadie Frost.

The British Press Association reported that when Miller arrived at Wyndham's Theatre in London yesterday, where she is performing, she did not appear to be wearing her engagement ring.

The actor met Miller, 23, on the set of "Alfie," and they became engaged on Christmas Day in 2004. The publicity firm that represents Miller told the Associated Press she had no comment.

Gore Announces His Current Cast

Expanding former vice president Al Gore, wearing the middle-aged man's way-casual uniform -- blazer, dark shirt, no tie -- unveiled the cast of his new cable news and information network, Current, at the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills yesterday.

"We want to be the television home page for the Internet generation," said the self-described "recovering politician," The Post's Lisa de Moraes reports.

The network, which launches Aug. 1, is aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds, a demographic group that can't relate to traditional TV news outlets because, among other reasons, their on-air talent's hair is so "old," explained Current producer-reporter Laura Ling.

Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," on Comedy Central, on the other hand, is a great news program because it doesn't engage in the false pretense of objectivity, according to Current host-producer-reporter Gotham Chopra, son of self-help guru Deepak Chopra.

Also among the Current on-air talent is Shauntay Hinton, a former Miss USA who studied broadcast journalism at Howard University.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Tut, tut, tootsies: Four front-row members of the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team chose flip-flops for footwear when they met President Bush at the White House.