John McCaslin

White House correspondents planning to cover the upcoming meeting between President Bush and Pope John Paul II are being told to sport their Sunday best.

"Men should wear dark suits and dark shoes," says a White House memo. "Women should wear dark skirts - below the knee - covered legs, and closed-toe shoes. Women meeting the Pope are required to wear a veil."

If lady scribes don't own a veil, one will be provided by a White House advance team.

KERRY'S 'POTATOE'

"I enjoyed your alluding to some of John Kerry's slippery use of the language," Jonathan Pitts of Baltimore writes of our recent list of "Kerryisms."

"However, when it comes to pure malapropos, George Bush has nothing on the senator. I found it especially funny when (Kerry) called something or other the Bush team did as 'the most unprecedented (attack) in the history of politics.'

"Being 'the most unprecedented' is like being 'the most pregnant' or 'the most dead.' That's not nuance, it's malapropism. If Bush had said it, they'd be all over him."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Give 'em hell, George."
- George X. Ferguson, 84, of Salinas, Calif. - a retired U.S. Army major who was a battle-patrol commander and mortar-platoon leader and who served in Tunisia, Libya, Italy, France, Germany and Austria - shouting to President Bush as he took the stage at the National World War II Memorial dedication.

WALKING WEAPONS

The most dangerous weapons of mass destruction threatening this country today are suicide bombers.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, points out that no matter the weapon or delivery system - hijacked airliners, shipping containers, suitcase nukes or anthrax spores - operatives have to "enter and work in the United States" to carry out the attacks.

"In a very real sense, the primary weapons of our enemies are not inanimate objects at all, but rather the terrorists themselves - especially in the case of suicide attackers," he says. "Thus keeping the terrorists out or apprehending them after they get in is indispensable to victory."

As Krikorian quotes President Bush as saying, "Our country is a battlefield in the first war of the 21st century."

CRITICAL OF KIN

There are so many critics of George W. Bush these days that after the critics grow weary of criticizing the president they criticize each other. Case in point:


John McCaslin

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

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