THE UGGIE BOOGIE
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.