The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

He’s suave, he’s svelte, he’s funny, he wears a nice tuxedo and he knows when to sit. What bet­ter guest, then, for the an­nual White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner? But of course. It is with light­hearted pride and a few yips that The Washington Times an­nounces that Ug­gie — the ca­nine star of the Os­car-win­ning film “The Artist” — has agreed to be our spe­cial guest April 28 at the an­nual fete for jour­nal­ists, politi­cians, celebri­ties, top brass and, now, dogs of dis­tinc­tion.

And as the dead­line min­ders like to say, the sit­u­a­tion is “de­vel­op­ing.” Ug­gie and his ace trainer Omar von Muller have made it clear that they pine to meet Pres­i­dent Obama. But in­deed, the sit­u­a­tion is de­vel­op­ing. It is a cliffhanger, in fact. Will Ug­gie and Omar get their wish? Will Ug­gie, an old hand at such things, be the star of the red car­pet and up­stage Repub­li­cans and Democrats alike? More soon. And our mes­sage to Ug­gie: If it is within our power to of­fer a dog his ul­ti­mate Washington wish, The Times will take the ball and run with it.

Some­one else will also be in town for the athe­ist event, mean­while: Larry Taun­ton, a Chris­tian au­thor who has pub­licly de­bated the likes of Christopher Hitchens, among oth­ers. The lo­ca­tion and tim­ing of the “Rea­son Rally,” he says, have been strate­gi­cally planned to af­fect the 2012 elec­tions.

“Make no mis­take, athe­ism has been re­spon­si­ble for some of the worst hor­rors of the 20th cen­tury. Athe­ism has con­trib­uted noth­ing pos­i­tive to the world as we know it. Noth­ing,” Mr. Taun­ton ob­serves. “We must not ig­nore this march on Washington. It is noth­ing short of a first step to­ward an at­tempt to re­move the role of re­li­gion from Amer­i­can life, start­ing with pol­i­tics.” items as car­bon diox­ide fil­ters from anes­the­sia equip­ment and bi­cy­cle pumps. Dr. Lam­bert­sen, a pow­er­ful swim­mer and ex­pe­ri­enced diver him­self, had in­vented an un­der­wa­ter breath­ing sys­tem, ul­ti­mately billing that in­ven­tion “self-con­tained un­der­wa­ter breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus,” or scuba.

Need­less to say, the clan­des­tine pos­si­bil­i­ties were nu­mer­ous; Dr. Lam­bert­sen was awarded the Le­gion of Merit by Maj. Gen. Wil­liam J. Dono­van, then leader of the OSS. Dr. Lam­bert­sen also re­ceived the dis­tin­guished ser­vice award from the OSS So­ci­ety, pre­sented by Adm. Eric Ol­son, com­man­der of the U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, in 2009.

Rest in peace, Dr. Lam­bert­sen. Africa — told lo­cal NBC af­fil­i­ate WXIA dur­ing an en­counter in Smyrna, a town just north­west of At­lanta. Many lis­ten­ers, the re­porter said, “have a hard time un­der­stand­ing why any­one would want to de­feat him.”

Swiss Tele­vi­sion re­porter Karin Bauer agreed that “most of her au­di­ence ad­mires Pres­i­dent Obama,” and is amused by his con­ser­va­tive ri­vals.

“They think it’s a bit funny,” Ms. Bauer said. “But in the eyes of the Euro­peans, I think Mitt Rom­ney is most liked for his lib­eral views. Peo­ple mostly can re­late to him in Switzer­land.”


Ug­gie, the ca­nine star of the Os­car­win­ning film “The Artist,” may join The Washington Times on April 28 at the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner.

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