John McCaslin

Is that the smiling mug of President Bush on first lady Laura Bush's purse?

"Proudly made in Texas," say makers of "President C-Box Purses" - classic shiny wooden cigar boxes, handles hand-crafted with vintage-style beads, corners accented with brass, the inside lined in plush black velvet.

C-Box purses sell at upscale boutiques for at least $200, said to be popular to carry to political events. Besides Mrs. Bush, C-Box carriers include National Federation of Republican Women President Heidi Smith; jewelry magnate Joan Castle Joseff of Joseff Jewelry of Hollywood fame (she reportedly has three); Susan Allen, wife of Virginia Sen. George Allen (the senator adorns Mrs. Allen's C-Box); and former first lady Nancy Reagan, whose purse features former President Ronald Reagan.

A first in a line-for-men C-Box was presented recently to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, complete with a cigar tucked inside. The "governator" is known to enjoy a good cigar now and then.


We're told legislation will be introduced before the House adjourns for Thanksgiving to place the image of former President Ronald Reagan on the dime in place of the current image of Franklin Roosevelt.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), says Hollywood is going to "great lengths" even now to distort Reagan's legacy and rewrite history. The dime bearing his image, the congressman says, would help ensure that "the Reagan legacy of expanding freedom could not be distorted by his enemies."


Because news outlets like to remind President Bush how many American servicemen have died since he declared an "end" to major combat in Iraq, a new military and intelligence-themed Internet site spells out reasons for the current U.S. deployment.

"America is at war," reminds "We are at war against the network of international terrorists who committed the mass murders of September 11th. We are at war against the survivors of Saddam Hussein's regime and against the remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Americans have died and continue to die in this struggle."

As for the other "war" declared by the Democratic leadership against President Bush, the site contains a quote from Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), who has grown disenchanted with his party's Bush-bashing: "If what has happened here is not treason, it is its first cousin."


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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