Ambush ’em …
Top tip: President Barack Obama had a private White House meeting Friday with 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush – who arrived in a wheelchair – and son, Jeb Bush, the popular former Florida governor who GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is courting bigtime – but “Dubya” was nowhere in sight.
â—†The big question: Is Dubya staying out of all pre-election photo ops?
â—†The Alfalfa connection: All three Bushies – plus President Obama who generally eschews soirees – were at the prestigious Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday night, a fraternity of the nation’s $$$$$ power brokers. (Is it true former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor quipped at the dinner: “Mitt is a Mormon, but Newt is a polygamist?”)
â—†Aloof proof? Obama’s surprise Alfalfa Club attendance prompted political pundits to ponder whether POTUS is attempting to prove he is not as “aloof” as he’s been portrayed.
Rahm ’em …
Keeping tabs on Rocket Man: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who just spent a getaway weekend with wife, Amy Rule, in Park City, Utah, is keeping tabs on the upcoming Oscar nominated films.
â—†To wit: Rahm, who manages to attend concerts and plays as well as manage the city, has seen the following Oscar contenders: “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Midnight in Paris.”â—†Next up: “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt.Hillary’s Hair …Dateline: The Tress line: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, America’s Iron Lady, may be one tough cookie – but she loves to experiment with hairstyles.
â—†To wit: Photo files are filled with Hill’s ever-changing coif and Sneed readers have been critical of her latest long hairdo, which she frequently pulls back in a ponytail.
â—†Hillary’s rationale: One last time to have long hair. I get it.
The Lingerie Uproar …
Dirty Laundry: The White House has got their knickers in a twist over an outrageous story in the non-tabloid Sunday’s London Telegraph claiming first lady Michelle Obama closed off a New York boutique to spend $50,000 on lingerie recently!
It’s ludicrous. “This story is 100 percent false,” said Kristina Schake, the first lady’s director of communications.
â—†Off the record: “She [Michelle] was never at the [Agent Provocateur] store,” said a White House source. “She’s never purchased anything from it. We don’t know where this story came from.” (By the way, Michelle’s buddy, Beyonce, shops there.)
â—†Check the Queen: The alleged shopping spree also had the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah, in the mix. Sneed is just waiting for a Republican presidential hopeful to figure in the story.
Say Whaaa …
Dateline: The Dog House? Actress Angelina Jolie’s dad, actor Jon Voight, was once in the dog house for years for talking about his famous daughter.
â—†Bow wow! Now comes word Voight, who is endorsing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, may have slip of the lip itis.
â—†To wit: Romney, who has five sons, told a Florida crowd Saturday he had a phone chat with Voight and said: “…you know, it’s easier to raise boys than girls. Well, after a long pause, he [Voight] says, ‘Tell me about it.’”Ouch?
Pippa’s place …
What a difference a derriere makes: Penguin’s got Pippa Middleton’s million dollar party book deal, but who will win the mega $$$$$ bidding war for the first televised interview with the Middleton sister whose posterior at her sister Kate’s royal wedding is now famous? Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer may be salivating for the story; but Sneed hears Matt Lauer is in the mix.
Today’s birthdays: Ernie Banks, 81; Nolan Ryan, 65 and Justin Timberlake, 31.