The Republican National Committee's (RNC) finance division, going through the daily batch of small contributions arriving in the mail, recently found a $1,000 check from Henry A. Kissinger.
The former secretary of state was responding to a computerized RNC mailing dunning donors who had not contributed in a long time, asking them whether they had abandoned the GOP. Because such letters seldom elicit a positive reply, the finance division was stunned to get the check from Kissinger.
A footnote: A routine RNC mail solicitation recently received a $500 check from Los Angeles with the donor identifying himself as Tony Curtis and his profession as "actor." The Republicans rarely get any kind of help from people in that line of work.
KOREA'S HONEST ABE
The glossy 47-page booklet distributed in Washington by the South Korean government for left-wing President Roh Moo-Hyun's visit to the U.S. capital is devoted mainly to his "encounter" with Abraham Lincoln.
Roh reports he read Lincoln's second inaugural address on April 13, 2000, as ballots for the Korean election were being counted. "At that moment," he writes, "I had an exciting reunion with Lincoln," comparing his experience to Gandhi's "moment of truth" after being thrown off a segregated train and St. Paul's meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
A footnote: Washington consultant John Carbaugh, who has wide experience in Asia, has suggested to the White House that Roh be urged to emulate Lincoln as the Great Emancipator by calling on North Korea to "free its slaves." The new South Korean president favors a soft approach to his bellicose northern neighbor.