White House Watch: There are signs that the First Lady's popularity remains high. The retail chain Ikea used this slogan in its ads on the backs of buses around Washington: "Nancy Reagan style at Barbara Bush prices." . . . The Bushes now have 12 grandchildren, with son Marvin and his wife, Margaret, adopting a 2-month-old boy they named Charles Walker. The Bush breakdown is five boys and seven girls.
Summing It Up: Washington Post columnist Chuck Conconi said he believed the only publicity gimmick Donald Trump ignored last year "was an opportunity to pose nude for Cosmopolitan magazine . . . Trump symbolizes the 1980s: He had it all and lost it all."
Smart Move: Leaders of Taiwan have figured a way to break out of their diplomatic isolation: Go to school. Press reports said the foreign ministry suggested that Catholic Fu Jen University invite Philippine President Corazon Aquino to Taiwan to confer on her an honorary doctorate. The university then drew up the proposal, which, not surprisingly, the government approved. If Aquino accepts, her visit would boost the status of Taiwan, which is recognized by only 28 countries. The rest of the world sends its ambassadors to Beijing.