Ever wonder what those Washington types do for Thanksgiving? Hint: It's not work.
"This Week" host George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress Ali Wentworth, plan to visit his parents in New York this holiday.
The 44-year-old said he's thankful he doesn't have to relive the Thanksgiving before last: "We went to my mother-in-law's place in Virginia, where the dog got smashed by a horse." (The dog recovered, by the way.)
This year should be a little more pleasant: Stephanopoulos's pop, a priest, is going to baptize his son's 5-month-old daughter, Harper Andrea, over the holiday.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to hole up in Reno at his son's house for the holiday with all 27.5 members of his family (his daughter is pregnant). And just because the 65-year-old's a VIP doesn't mean he gets to shirk on chores -- the Senate minority leader's on dish duty.
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) says Thanksgiving is a pretty tame holiday for her household.
"I do the turkey, the kids do the pies," she said. "We made the biggest decision last night: It's going to be two pumpkin and one apple."
Democratic political operative James Carville said his worst Thanksgiving experience was last year "after we lost the election." He added, "The year you lose is always a wretched Thanksgiving."
Carville and his wife, former Cheney adviser Mary Matalin, will spend the holiday in the Shenandoah Valley. Although the "Ragin' Cajun" isn't a fan of turkey, his family's catered feast will include the fowl, ham, beef, dressing, green beans, rice and gravy. And gumbo, naturally.
The First Feast
It will be a typical turkey-filled Thanksgiving for the president and first lady, according to Laura Bush's press secretary, Susan Whitson. Hey! Did that turkey-pardoning earlier this week mean nothing?!
The first family is nestled in Crawford, Tex., for the holidays along with former president George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara and the first lady's mother, Jenna Welch. The Bushes' menagerie -- pooches Barney and Miss Beazley, along with cat Willie -- are also with the family. It looks like the twins might be making a lot of phone calls on this trip -- no boyfriends have been spotted at Prairie Chapel Ranch.
According to an official release, the Crawford clan will feast on herb-stuffed, free-range turkey, cornbread dressing, chipotle maple whipped potatoes, asparagus and Texas pecan pie, among other things.
"It's a pretty traditional Thanksgiving," Whitson said of the Bushes' holiday routine. "They're like most families." Only with a Secret Service detail, a chief of staff, a gaggle of press and transportation via Air Force One.
Womb With a View
Paging Dr. Cruise! Tom Cruise announced on ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005" that he had purchased a sonogram machine for his pregnant fiancee, Katie Holmes, according to the Associated Press. The 43-year-old actor said the lovebirds will conduct their own sonograms and will donate the machine -- which can cost as much as $200,000 -- to a hospital after the baby is born.
According to Cruise, the couple haven't set a date for their nuptials and don't know the sex of the baby. When Walters pressed Cruise to tell more about what he sees in the sonogram, he replied, "A little baby." Genius!
-- Korin Miller