June 29, 1989 |
You can criticize his arms control plans, oppose his flag burning amendment or even argue in favor of higher taxes, but don't mess with the President's dog. "I know you guys don't write the editorials, but our dog was named ugliest dog in Washington by the Washingtonian magazine," President Bush told three reporters from The Times at the end of an Oval Office interview Wednesday, referring to Millie, the family's springer spaniel. "I'd like some defense on the West Coast. "Imagine picking on a guy's dog."
July 1, 1989 |
"The Washingtonian" magazine Friday said it was sorry it called the presidential pet the ugliest canine in the capital. "Before you go away for the July 4th weekend, we would like to apologize for picking Millie the ugliest dog in Washington," Editor John A. Limpert said in a letter delivered Friday to the White House. He also sent a gift of dog biscuits to the offended beast. "You'll be pleased to know that our mail and phone calls are running about 99 to 1 in favor of Millie," he said.
August 2, 1992
When I finished reading the column, I thought, "I wonder if Wanda Coleman knows that she's a racist?" MILLIE DE ROSE San Fernando
February 26, 1989 |
Barbara Bush had a news flash aboard Air Force One en route to China from Japan: Millie, her Springer spaniel, is expecting puppies between March 15 and March 20. "I'm a nervous wreck," she told reporters Saturday. She said she plans to take Millie to the veterinarian next week to discuss "home delivery" in the White House. "You know where she sleeps," she added with some trepidation. (Millie sleeps in the same bed with the Bushes.
May 3, 1989 |
Despite having been stripped of much of his holdings after World War II, Japan's late Emperor Hirohito has left his family $15.4 million in stocks and savings accounts, according to news reports. Hirohito never wrote a will, but his aides have come up with a plan to divide his estate between his widow, the Empress Dowager Nagako, and his eldest son and the new emperor, Akihito, according to the reports. Hirohito's estate would have been worth billions more if reforms imposed on Japan after the war by Allied occupation authorities had not forced him to relinquish holdings, including the Imperial Palace and several imperial villas, to the state.
June 30, 1989 |
The new U.S. ambassador to Italy, a man whose word choices have not always been the most choice, had the lingo down, however, when, with a preemptive gesture, he introduced his wife, two sons and a daughter as la famiglia to the Italian press on his arrival in Rome. Peter Secchia, dubbed the "ambassador of dirty words" by Italian journalists, had his nomination held up for a month in the Senate in a dispute over his qualifications, including concern about his tendency to make vulgar remarks.