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Farmer Lloyd adds: "By raising food at the White House, President Obama's promise of change can include the most fundamental thing to Americans: the food they eat."

Hmmm. It was just announced that "local food" chef Sam Kass, who cooked for the Obamas in Chicago, has joined the first family at the White House, working alongside executive chef Cristeta Comerford.


Step aside Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey and make room for famed pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Washington malpractice lawyer Jack Olender was among invited guests who attended Monday night's world premiere of "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," and says the similarities between the doctor and actor are "truly amazing."

"You could believe it was Carson's soft, gentle, reassuring voice coming out of Cuba Gooding's mouth," says Mr. Olender.

Both the doctor and actor attended the TNT network screening on the Johns Hopkins' medical campus and spoke to a full house that included doctors and nurses. "The purpose of the movie was ... to inspire," Dr. Carson pointed out.

Mr. Olender gives the performance "four stars," and says "have Kleenex handy."


Producer Norman Lear has commissioned a song to motivate people to volunteer in their communities and become "born again" in the patriotic sense.

The "Born Again American" song features ordinary Americans performing before 14 iconic landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, encouraging citizens to pledge themselves to be "their country's keeper" through higher leves of service and civic engagement.

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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