In a tale of spousal loyalty and ripping the cloak off of presidential speechwriting anonymity, check out Tim Noah's Slate exclusive, as the wife of one of Mr. Bush's speechwriters let's friends and family (and, thanks to Tim, the North Koreans with web access) know who exactly wrote "axis of evil." ( http://slate.msn.com/?id=2061695 )
Lloyd Grove picks up on the Noah item, actually getting spouse Danielle Crittenden (or, we hope, someone answering e-mail to her account) to write back to him that she is "already feel(ing) too much like Lucy Ricardo." ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35584-2002Feb6.html )
The The Wall Street Journal does its version of the White House's search for a post-Kyoto New Paradigm: "The Bush administration is working on what one official has called a 'gradualist approach' toward curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other industrial gases that are believed to cause global warming." This is another HUGE story that isn't getting quite the attention it deserves — yet. But trust us: the White House is spending a lot of time talking to big business about it, and having internal strategery talks.
If you are covering (or staffing) the president's upcoming trip to Asia, definitely stuff into your three-ring binder a copy of today's The Wall Street Journal story on how the president's "axis of evil" line upset the South Koreans more than the North Koreans. Or, download a copy to your PDA, if you are so inclined.
Does the White House know that NBC is promoting the president's appearance in their big primetime Olympic kick-off broadcast?
After Ari Fleischer uttered some immortal New York state homespun wisdom yesterday, we suspect the White House press corps just might get T-shirts printed up with Ari's picture on the front, and the new catch phrase on the back, in bold font: "Everybody's entitled to make a mistake," Mr. Fleischer said yesterday, about OMB director Daniels.
Another Bush-Gore double standard that will produce little puffs of white smoke out of some Democrats' ears, courtesy of Adam Nagourney's New York Times story: "At one point, Mr. Bush was perhaps overly exuberant. 'As I said in my State of the Union, I stand in awe of New York City,' Mr. Bush told an audience at a $1,500-a-head reception for Mr. Pataki last night. Mr. Bush actually made no such mention of New York City in his State of the Union speech." ( http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/07/politics/07BU.S.H.html )