John McCaslin

President Bush has several Thanksgiving-related events on his plate before he disappears into the Maryland woods surrounding Camp David, where he will celebrate the holiday with his family.

Today, he will travel south to Richmond to visit the Central Virginia Foodbank, and from there it's off to the Berkeley Plantation along the James River, where he will tour a Thanksgiving shrine and deliver remarks about the importance of the holiday.

Otherwise, tomorrow is the big day — for one lucky butterball, at least. The "National Thanksgiving Turkey" will be pardoned by the president shortly after 10 a.m. in the Rose Garden.

Downie's diner

We're assured that hungry editors of the Washington Post will be eating turkey at the newspaper this Thanksgiving.

To its credit, the newspaper reported late last week under "health code violations" that the Post's "executive kitchen" was closed for one day "for operating without a license."

Home alone

There will be a unique protest of sorts this week on an otherwise empty Capitol Hill as adults from across the country who spent their childhoods in foster care gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.

They want to draw attention to a holiday season that to them was "often filled with disappointment," organizers say.

"I'm 21 now, and I can't remember a time when I was in foster care that we really celebrated Thanksgiving," says Foster Care Alumni of America member Eshawn Peterson of Tucson, Ariz., who will speak at the dinner. "I have felt so incomplete during the holiday season, especially since the people I care about most, my six sisters, were separated from me for so long."

Convened by Foster Care Alumni of America as part of its work with the national Kids Are Waiting campaign, this first-of-its-kind Thanksgiving dinner will emphasize the need for national foster care financing reform so foster children can move swiftly to safe, permanent families and so other youth may avoid the need to enter foster care in the first place.

More than half a million American children will celebrate this Thanksgiving in foster care.

Lenexa and beyond

That was retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, dressed in purple, spotted in a Crystal City sports bar on Saturday in Arlington. Unfortunately, despite his school spirit, he was unable to spur his Kansas State University Wildcats into victory against sixth-ranked Missouri, losing the battle by a score of 49-32.

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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