Inside the Beltway
McCaslin, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
START AT THE TOP
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, shadow senator for the District, sat quietly in the House chamber Tuesday night awaiting President Clinton's arrival to deliver the State of the Union address. The floor was abuzz with activity - everyone from Supreme Court justices and Cabinet officials to senators and congressmen running about like ants, pressing flesh and exchanging good wishes.
Obviously bothered by all the commotion, Mr. Jackson pulled from his pocket a pen and napkin, upon which, according to our source, he wrote: "Too much government."
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Did President Clinton just plain forget to recognize his one and only daughter, Chelsea, who was seated next to her mother during the State of the Union address Tuesday night?
"Before I go on," Mr. Clinton said early into his speech, "I'd like to take just a moment to thank my own family [we assume this includes half-brother Roger] and to thank the person who has taught me more than anyone else, over 25 years, about the importance of families and children - a wonderful wife, a magnificent mother and a great first lady. Thank you, Hillary."
After drawing cheers for the first lady and plugging her book on national television, Mr. Clinton continued: "All strong families begin with taking more responsibility for our children. I've heard Mrs. Gore say that it's hard to be a parent today, but it's even harder to be a child."
As in Chelsea, right?
"So all of us," Mr. Clinton went on, "not just as parents, but all of us in our other roles - our media, our schools, our teachers, our communities, our churches and synagogues, our businesses, our governments - all of us have a responsibility to help our children."
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton reveals that more than 48,000 households in the District are headed by women.
CHALLENGING BAR GAME
President Clinton made "challenge" the theme of his State of the Union speech, reciting the word dozens of times.
"Our first challenge is to cherish our children," he said for example, in one breath repeating the word six times.
At the Red River Grill on Capitol Hill, 10 young persons had gathered to watch the address on the bar's TV. Each time Mr. Clinton said the word "challenge," they would yell out at the top of their lungs "Challenge! …