John McCaslin

Writer and historian Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of the just-released "Mamie Doud Eisenhower: The General's First Lady" — and who will lecture tomorrow evening from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Eisenhower Institute at 915 15th St. NW — describes Mrs. Eisenhower as an agent for change, who not only entertained foreign dignitaries, but invited black Americans into the White House at a time when civil rights tensions were mounting.

Scaring kids

We told you yesterday about Al Gore's children's version of "An Inconvenient Truth," in which the former vice president gripes about growing up a senator's son in Washington's elite "Embassy Row," where he was forced to live "in a small eighth-floor apartment whose windows looked out on concrete parking lots and buildings."

(Gag us with a silver spoon, why don't you?)

Now tell your children about Holly Fretwell's "The Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming," a new book for children ages 8 to 12 "designed to inform, not indoctrinate, on the subject of global warming."

In promoting her book, the author quotes meteorologist and hurricane authority William Gray of Colorado State University as saying: "We're brainwashing our children." He continues, "They're going to the Gore movie and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."

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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