I spent Saturday with Sheryl Crow and Laurie David. No fist fights. No
verbal insults. Just a couple of Hollywood heavyweights and a red
state guy talking about saving the planet.
Whether you agree or disagree with their environmental message, I
suspect you would be impressed with these women's dedication if you
got the chance to spend the day with them. On the tour bus after Crow
and David's University of Maryland concert, I told Laurie she had the
passion of a Southern Baptist preacher.
This is a woman on a mission from God.
The female version of the Blues Brothers took their ministry to save
the planet Saturday night from the tour bus to the White House
Correspondent's Dinner, where Laurie tried to convert Karl Rove. She
soon found out that college kids listening to a rock star are more
open-minded than presidential aides who feel besieged.
Mr. Rove was in no mood to hear a sermon about the environment. After
the women pressed Karl on the issue, Sheryl touched his arm to
emphasize a point. That's when the President's main man snapped.
"Get your hands off of me!"
And that was that. The only time things got uglier Saturday night was
during Rich Little's Catskills comedy routine. But that's another
story, too grim to discuss here.
Most public servants would find Rove's response surprising.
Congressmen, senators and presidential aids are always bombarded by
people pushing one position or another. And anyone in politics knows
that patiently listening to citizens--no matter how much you disagree
with what they are saying--is the price of admission to this
profession. Besides, you may just learn something if you keep an open
But apparently Team Bush is tired of talking and has adapted a bunker
mentality. Seven years of bad press, foreign wars and personal attacks
(every bit as nasty as those Bill Clinton endured) have left people
like Karl Rove on edge.
The Bush Boys had better get their second wind. They still have 21
months to go before heading back to Texas. As for the Blues Sisters,
their tour could not have gone better. Great crowds, great press and a
messy finale that only brought more attention to the Global Warming
Can I get an Amen?