boring, boring, boring, but very dangerous nevertheless

My quarrel is not with their sleeping habits, or even the manner in which they entertain themselves. I'm just glad I don't have to be any part of the current regime in Washington.

"All the senior staff has no life, or has too many lives — kids," said Mary Matalin, who recently quit after two years as counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney.
What concerns me is what a self-imposed isolation says about their minds and their souls and therefore what is its impact on the rest of us.

The Washington of the Bush administration is dead, and it's not just the social life. It starts at the top, with the senior occupant of the White House avoiding society whenever possible, preferring to visit only with their oldest, closest friends when they entertain at all.

They venture out with friends to favorite restaurants, like the Peking Gourmet Inn in suburban Arlington, Va. [also his father's favorite, a locked-down suburban Chinese restaurants for a night out?], but like the first President Bush they prefer low-key evenings at home with longtime friends.

"It's the social-life equivalent of comfort food," said Mrs. Bush's press secretary, Noelia Rodriguez, who said the Bushes held perhaps only one film screening in the White House theater in all of last year, preferring to watch movies at Camp David on the weekends. "Being with close friends and family and doing things that are more family-oriented, like T-ball. The focus there is not on th 40-somethings, but on the 5- and 6-year-olds."

---Like little George Dubya.

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Published on January 8, 2003 1:18 PM.

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