John McCaslin

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."


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, 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.


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.

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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