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By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International  |  Oct. 22, 2002 at 3:15 AM
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Former President George H.W. Bush says his son faces the toughest times in the White House since the Civil War, The Des Moines Register reports.

"The fact is, he is wrestling with problems probably as tough as any president has wrestled with since Lincoln," Bush says. The former president spoke at a fundraising dinner for U.S. Rep. Greg Ganske, R-Iowa, in his bid for the U.S. Senate in Iowa.

"Roosevelt, of course, faced World War II, but there we knew who the enemy was," the senior Bush observes. "The enemies we face in this country today are very, very different. They are shadowy -- cowardly, you might say. They can strike anywhere."

Bush says he is proud of his son but doesn't judge him on how he handles issues. "I think more about the love of a father for his son than I do about the earned-income tax credit or the things we used to wrestle with when I was president," he says.

-- Could George W. Bush be another Lincoln?

-- What do we do if he's not?


The children of the two world leaders who barely avoided a nuclear war 40 years ago agree President Bush would do well to learn the lessons of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 before going to war with Iraq, United Press International reports.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, and Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, met for the first time to discuss the Cuban missile crisis in Boston.

"When our fathers transformed the hours of danger into the beginnings of a process for peace, they did it for us and for all children threatened by a world at war," Kennedy says.

Khrushchev says if the events of 40 years ago had happened today, with Bush as president, "we would have had no chance to discuss the Cuban missile crisis in 2002."

Now a U.S. citizen and a fellow at Brown University, Khrushchev says a mutual desire for peace developed between his father and JFK after the world leaders backed down from the brink of a nuclear exchange in October 1962.

-- Khrushchev says there is a possibility that if his father and Kennedy had stayed in power longer, the Cold War could have ended in the 1960s. What do you think?

-- Is Khrushchev trying to spin his father's legacy?


Anti-drug and addiction-recovery groups are planning rallies to ask Dior to pull ads and change the name of its cosmetic and perfume line, USA Today reports.

The Addiction is Not Fashionable campaign is aimed at persuading the French perfume house to stop marketing "Addict" as an extension of the rave dance party culture plagued by illegal drugs, such as the stimulant Ecstasy.

Among those leading the campaign is Faces and Voices of Recovery, an advocacy group in Alexandria, Va., for recovering addicts. Spokesman Susan Rook, a former CNN news anchor who says she is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, says the perfume's name and advertisements trivialize a critical public health issue. U.S. health officials agree.

"I think it is irresponsible, sick and sad," says Tom Riley, spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dior declined comment.

-- Would you buy perfume, at $150 per ounce, that stressed "pleasure," "sensuality" and "energy" in its ads?

-- Molly Potter, 17, a recovering alcoholic, says "I ... as an addict, was not beautiful. Addicts are not energetic. They are not sensual people." What do you think?

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