John McCaslin

Rest assured, White House telephone operators - two of whom spoke to The Beltway Beat - have heard it all.

Take the woman who called the White House earlier this week and identified herself as "Grandma Rap." She requested President Bush's mailing address so she could send the commander in chief her latest CD.

But our favorite caller, also this week, claimed to possess the DNA of Adam and Eve, which the person invited Bush to tap into, thereby curing everything that ails the world.


"Hey, Rich, good to see you, buddy," President Bush told staunch supporter Richard T. Crotty during a presidential stop Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. "You might remember his son made him famous. Made me famous, too.

"The lad went to sleep in the middle of one of my stemwinders."

Who will forget the fidgety son of the Orange County mayor twisting his head, yawning and eventually falling asleep - while standing on his feet directly behind Bush - during a 45-minute campaign address by the president in 2004.

David Letterman made Tyler Crotty even more famous by showing a video of his background performance during a skit on his "Late Show" on CBS about how Bush invigorates America's youth.


C-SPAN junkies this week will notice the first major format change in more than a decade with the network's congressional coverage. The major cities of a congressman's district are now identified on the screen.

Previously, lawmakers were identified by only their party affiliation and state. The change was suggested by C-SPAN viewers who watch the network's weekly coverage of the British House of Commons, where members' local constituencies are identified.

An example of the new format:

Rep. Marion Berry


Jonesboro, Cabot, Mountain Home


A pair of Republican congressmen want to dissolve the Presidential Election Campaign Fund - the $3 contribution box taxpayers can check on their federal tax form to help finance presidential elections.

Only 11 percent of taxpayers supported the fund in 2004, according to Reps. John T. Doolittle of California and Randy Neugebauer of Texas. By 2008, that number is projected to fall to 5 percent - meaning 95 percent of taxpayers will choose not to participate.

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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