On the road in Egypt on Tuesday evening, headed for the presidential estate of Hosni Mubarak, the 23-car American motorcade passed by a huge billboard that locals have dubbed the "peacemaker sign." It features large artistic renderings of Bill Clinton and fellow international leaders who attended the 1996 Summit of the Peacemakers at this Egyptian spot.
Seeing the visage of his predecessor must have really affected President Bush's appetite, because the president spent less than 90 minutes dining with Mubarak before heading back to his hotel.
Besides losing his appetite, Bush probably didn't want to lose what little he had eaten. And so on the return trip the motorcade made a rather awkward detour in order to avoid driving past the Clinton billboard a second time.
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was making a big deal on Tuesday about his fundraiser in Alabama, where former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (apparently more punchdrunk than anyone suspected) was to play host.
The bigger news, though, is Edwards' return later this week to North Carolina where, after seeing poll numbers that show him losing his home state to President Bush as a presidential nominee, and losing the majority of votes in a Senate re-election campaign (51 percent oppose him), Edwards has decided to hold a townhall meeting. The meeting is being sandwiched in between the real reasons for Edwards return: a series of fundraisers to mark his upcoming 50th birthday.
"He didn't want to do this townhall meeting," says an Edwards presidential campaign staffer. "But his Senate staff was adamant about it. They think things have gotten out of hand."
KERRY AND THE COMRADES
Sen. John Kerry would love to portray himself as a middle-of-the-road, reasonable Democrat, but he's letting his old lefty side hang out during his New York fundraising.
Last night, Kerry appeared on Park Avenue where a former Goldman Sachs partner hosted the likes of grand lefties Robert Downey, Sr. (the one who taught his kid how to smoke pot), Erica Jong, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, movie director Robert Altman (who has still not moved out of the country), Carly Simon, and Candice Bergen.
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