Heard on the Hill: Top Dog

Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:34pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and first dog Bo Obama are about to be featured in comic book form — and we have a sneaking feeling that the famous Portuguese water dog might upstage his master.

[IMGCAP(1)]Bluewater Productions, the team behind the popular “Female Force— series that turned Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and first lady Michelle Obama into comic-book heroines, plans to release the White House-themed comics this summer, Publisher Darren Davis tells HOH.

Obama and Biden will be part of the “Political Power— series, which also will feature superhero versions of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Ronald Reagan.

But it’s “Puppy Power: Bo Obama— that has us most excited. Set for a September release, the children’s book will see the presidential pooch giving readers an inside look at life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Davis said.

“We’re trying to use Bo as a tour guide to the White House,— Davis said. “We want these to be learning tools, but we also just want to use them to get people to talk.—

Emmy Award-winning cartoonist Keith Tucker (who worked on shows such as “Pinky and the Brain—) will draw the comic. And Davis expects all the new comics to sell — the “Female Force— series proved extremely successful, with the Clinton and Palin books already in a third printing, and Michelle Obama’s title headed for a second.

Hungry Like the Wolf. Actress Mia Farrow is getting a little help from Congress in her attempts to go on a hunger strike to call attention to the conflict in Darfur.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night took over the fast Farrow began in April, CBC spokesman Jioni Palmer said. Lee will be going without food for at least 24 hours, he said, after the actress came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to appeal for help in getting attention for the African region.

Farrow, best known for her role in “Rosemary’s Baby,— fasted for 12 days before her doctors advised her earlier this month to stop. British billionaire Richard Branson took up her cause, followed by Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.).

It’s yet to be determined whether other CBC members will step in to continue the fast (HOH suspects some will at least wait until after the caucus lunch today).

Duets With the Boss. Those in the audience of the Bruce Springsteen show at the Verizon Center on Monday paid good money to hear the raspy rocker perform. And a smaller group got a gratis bonus: the vocal stylings of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), who we’re told sang along with the Boss from his seat.

We’re talking nearly every word of every lyric, said our spy who witnessed the Congressman’s enthusiastic singalong.

Crowley is, of course, a noted musician in his own right and a huge fan of the Boss.

Also in the audience, Garden Staters Rep. Frank Pallone (D) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D) were spotted enjoying the show in a slightly less enthusiastic (or at least quieter) manner.

Born to Run. Peripatetic White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel might have been among the throngs of politicians who spent Monday night jamming to Bruce Springsteen, but we suspect he was one of the few to spend Tuesday morning exercising.

An HOH spy spotted the fitness-crazed Emanuel jogging at the base of the Washington Monument just before 7 a.m., mere hours after the Springsteen concert wrapped up at the Verizon Center. Emanuel, decked out in a plain white T-shirt and yellow running shorts, was headed in the direction of the Capitol, according to the spy.

Shaken and Stirred Up. There’s a spy among us — former James Bond portrayer Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely, were scheduled to appear Tuesday night at a reception in the Capitol Visitor Center hosted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare celebrating U.S. leadership in global whale conservation.

Brosnan certainly made the rounds of Washington, D.C. — the Irish-born actor best known for playing 007 also stopped by the White House on Tuesday to talk about whales with advisers to President Barack Obama.

For more on Brosnan’s evening visit to the Capitol, be sure to check out HOH’s One-Minute Recess later today at RollCall.com.

Jessica Brady contributed to this report.

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