Inside the Beltway

By McCaslin, John | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 25, 2001 | Go to article overview

Inside the Beltway


McCaslin, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: John McCaslin

HARD LABOR

"The job I am assuming is married man."

- Matthew Frankel, when asked what job he will assume in New York after departing his post today as press secretary to the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington.

COWBOY AMONG US

One of the biggest criticisms one hears about House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, is that he doesn't realize his foot doesn't belong in his mouth.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in the U.S. Capitol, Mr. Armey pointed out that it's time for National Football League players to start reporting to training camp.

"The rumor out on the Redskins," added Mr. Armey of Washington's beloved football team, "is that some of their players are thinking about turning pro."

EXPOSING BUCHANAN

Is Uncle Sam neglecting the final resting ground of his former presidents?

Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, empowering the National Park Service to assist in the upkeep of those presidential grave sites not currently maintained by the federal government.

Which are more than you might think.

"Whether it be the grave of Lincoln or Buchanan, Washington or Grant, preserving the final resting places of our presidents is clearly in the nation's interest," says Mr. Pitts.

"Every American deserves to know that the graves of our past presidents will be treated with the same dignity as the office those presidents once held."

The grave of President James Buchanan, which has been "a struggle" to maintain in the congressman's home district of Lancaster, Pa., would be among those eligible for federal upkeep if the bill becomes law.

Mr. Pitts also has donated an American flag to be flown over the Buchanan grave and will continue to donate them as needed until his legislation is enacted "as a reminder that this is the grave of a president."

"These flags will be purchased using the money I am given each year to run my office. Because that money comes from the taxpayers, it should be recognized that this flag and those that follow are really gifts from the American people."

TEMPLE GUARDIANS

Three years ago yesterday, a gunman stormed into the office of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, shooting to death two U.S. Capitol police officers.

At 3:40 p.m., a moment of silence was observed in the Capitol - the exact time that Detective John Gibson, Mr. …

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