Do as you're told

John McCaslin
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Posted: Mar 07, 2006 12:04 AM

President Bush reminded us of the important roles mothers play in our lives during Monday's White House swearing-in ceremony for the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Edward Lazear.

Among the family members on hand was Lazear's mother, Rose, who was asked by Bush: "Does he still listen to you, Rose?"

"Oh, yes. He's a good boy," she replied.

"Well, I hope my mother is saying the same thing about me," noted Bush.

Which reminds us of one of our favorite stories told by first lady Laura Bush about an overnight visit with her husband to the home of his parents, the former President George Bush and Barbara Bush.

"George woke up at 6 a.m. as usual and went downstairs to get a cup of coffee," Mrs. Bush said. "And he sat down on the sofa with his parents and put his feet up. And all of a sudden, Barbara Bush yelled, 'Put your feet down!'

"George's dad replied, 'For goodness' sake, Barbara, he's the president of the United States.'

"And Barbara said, 'I don't care. I don't want his feet on my table.'"

The president promptly did as he was told, for as Mrs. Bush observes: "Even presidents have to listen to their mothers."

REALITY TV

It's too bad cameras weren't rolling inside the Fox News Channel's green room in New York on Sunday, because that's where the genuine dialogue took place.

Moments after Parsippany (N.J.) High School teacher Joseph Kyle and two of his students were interviewed - defending the classroom trial of President Bush for "crimes against civilian populations" and "inhumane treatment of prisoners" - upcoming guest Tom Adkins, founder of CommonConservative.com, told Kyle's students in the presence of their principal: "Hey, if you guys really had (expletive deleted), you would try your teacher for treason."

Reaction in the room: stunned silence.

THE AGENDA

We've gotten hold of the House Republican Study Committee's (RSC) legislative priorities leading up to the crucial midterm elections in November. In short, the list affirms earlier RSC commitments to limited government, fiscal discipline and traditional moral values.

In order: Make tax cuts permanent, including repeal of the marriage-tax penalty and death tax; approve the budget-process reform; pass a deficit-reduction bill; approve ethics reform; pass a marriage-protection amendment; pass a balanced-budget amendment; defend the sanctity of human life, including banning all human cloning and federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research; set protections for religious freedom, including the Pledge of Allegiance and the Ten Commandments; pass legislation that stops the raid on the Social Security trust fund and allows Americans to own a personal Social Security account.

FAMILY FEUD

James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family and host of the country's most widely heard fundamentalist Christian radio talk show, "has flip-flopped and now supports giving traditional 'marital' benefits to same-sex couples."

So charges Paul Cameron, chairman of the Family Research Institute, who is appearing on other talk shows to challenge Dobson's denial that he supports rights for homosexuals previously reserved for married couples.

In a statement, Dobson states: "I've never endorsed any bill granting gay partners legal rights currently reserved for married couples."

COWBOYS FOR CHRIST

What with all the "Brokeback Mountain" movie hype surrounding customary cowboys vs. homosexual cowboys, how about a church to round up any cowboys who might have strayed down the wrong trail?

Jerry Beck, pastor of Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Bladenboro, N.C., is doing precisely that starting next week, opening the Higher Plain Cowboy Church in an abandoned horse barn.

"The cowboy church . . . target group will be cowboys and those with a cowboy mindset," says the pastor. "Cowboy hats, boots and jeans are welcome. When you attend the cowboy church, you will be welcomed by greeters on horseback."

Jeff Smith, executive director of what is called the Cowboy Church Network of North America, applauds the pastor for his ability to relate with cowboys, having "what it takes to build a strong, healthy multiplying cowboy church for Jesus."

Beck, a minister for 34 years, says he hopes to see cowboys "move to a higher plane in their lives."

"The only way to do this is through a relationship with Jesus Christ," he said.