The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Kerry's U.N. Meeting?
John Kerry has repeatedly claimed to have met with the entire U.N. Security Council (search) before a Senate resolution on Iraq in 2002, most recently at the second presidential debate where he said, "I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted...I talked to all of them."
But it turns out that Kerry sat down with only four of the fifteen Security Council members — France, Great Britain, Cameroon and Singapore. What's more, sources present at that meeting say that Kerry seemed worried that voting out of step with the U.N. would make him look bad.
A Kerry spokesman continued to call Kerry's version of the meeting "a fact."
Killing Them with Humor?
The left wing British newspaper The Guardian (search) is backing away from a column appearing to call for the assassination of President Bush, calling it an "ironic joke."
On Saturday, columnist Charlie Brooker lamented an impending Bush victory that he said would bring "four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald (search), John Hinckley, Jr. — where are you now that we need you?"
The column has since been replaced on the Guardian's website by an apology calling Booker's comments — quote — "flippant and tasteless."
Bush "Exploiting" 9/11?
Speaking of the Guardian, former President Jimmy Carter (search) told that paper that if the current President wins reelection it would be because he has "been adroit at exploiting [9/11]."
Carter said the terrorist attacks allowed Bush to "elevate himself...to a heroic commander in chief," and that in the stifling atmosphere after 9/11 the media failed to cover "Bush's fallacious and ill-advised and mistaken and sometimes misleading actions."
The President's tailor says he has the answer to a question that's been burning up Internet blogs — what exactly caused this mysterious bulge in the back of President Bush's suit jacket during the debates?
Conspiracy buffs claim that the bulge is an audio receiver, and that Bush was wired to receive help with his answers. But George de Paris, who fashions all the President's jackets, insists there's no secret in the suit. Demonstrating on a reporter for The Hill (search) newspaper, the tailor said that with a well made jacket, "the same thing will happen any time you cross your arms like Bush did."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report