Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Maybe He Just Doesn't Want To See You

Just as articles about the homeless reappear when Republicans recapture the White House, so too do articles bemoaning the dreary social life of Washington. Today's New York Times adds to the collection.

P.S. A friend of mine who worked for President Carter writes:

I'm not sure your portrayal of the Times' "social life" column as a partisan thing is accurate. As I remember, the Carters were criticized endlessly as boring and/or boorish and the Reagans were greeted as bringing elegance and style back to the White House. Actually, I think the Alman Brother's B-B-Q on the South Lawn was less boring than the average Washington social event, but it certainly lacked the elegance normally associated with the White House. I think the Washington social scene does "jaded" in pretty bi-partisan fashion.