John McCaslin

There's no better terrace than the rooftop of the Hotel Washington, what with its commanding views of the White House and Washington's monuments and memorials, for a May 19 book party for William J. Bennett.

This latest 573-page monster from the former Reagan and Bush Cabinet member, now host of a national radio program, is only the first volume of what he's titled, "America: The Last Best Hope," which aims to reacquaint Americans with their heritage.

Take page 387, where the author revisits the memoirs of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on the day Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to him at Appomattox: "I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse."


Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner was just one of many invited guests at Wednesday evening's dedication of the Edwin I. Meese III Conference Room at basketball-powerhouse George Mason University.

Meese was the rector of George Mason from 1998 to 2004, serving in the post longer than anybody in the history of the university.

Says Feulner: "I've been working in Washington for more than four decades, and I've come across a lot of smart people, a lot of hardworking people, a lot of passionate people. But in this town, rarely does one come across someone who is loyal; rarely do you come across someone who is humble; and even more rarely do you come across someone who instinctively can be trusted. And never have I come across someone who possessed all of those qualities . . . until you know Ed Meese."

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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