Tuesday, April 24
Singer's toilet paper musings leave Rove untouched
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles,Guardian, April 24, 2007
What links a triple-ply, ultra-absorbent square of quilted toilet paper and White House special adviser Karl Rove? The answer, obviously, is singer Sheryl Crow.
The Earth Day weekend was a busy one for the former wild girl of soft-core country as she reached the end of an 11-date US tour. [...more]
Crow, 45, took her environmental message to the White House correspondents' dinner, an annual Washington ritual featuring the president as guest of honour.
The "highlight of the evening", according to Crow, was when she was introduced to Mr Rove, giving her an opportunity "to talk directly to the Bush administration about global warming".
Mr Rove, it seems, was more intent on enjoying his dinner than debating carbon footprints or bowel movements.
As he turned to leave, Crow reached out to touch his arm. "Karl swung around and spat, 'Don't touch me'," recounted Crow and fellow eco-celebrity Laurie David in another blog.
"How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?"
But the singer was not deterred. "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us," she thundered to the departing Mr Rove, who responded, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people."
"We are the American people," the singer shot back.
Mr Rove then left, quite possibly heading for the bathroom.