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Bush Blamed for Armstrong-Crow Breakup
February 14, 2006

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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As is often the case when celebrity couples part company, there has been an enormous amount of press coverage concerning the Lance Armstrong-Sheryl Crow split.

But the Star is reporting a possible political cause for the engagement halt. There's speculation that the root of the rift may have to do with President Bush.

No, Crow doesn't have a crush on the prez. Quite the contrary. The singer has been public about her opposition to Bush's policies.

Many of us have a less than fond remembrance of her highly visible, much discussed "War Is Not the Answer" T-shirt.

Well, it turns out that Armstrong is actually a Bush backer. The famed cyclist went biking with the commander in chief last summer.

According to a friend of Crow, Armstrong was a Bush backer to the max. "Sheryl said Lance didn't just support Bush, he'd go off and fight if the president asked him to," the friend said.

In an interview with the London Times, Armstrong described Crow's politics as "way out Left" and said that it was hard to meet Bush and not like him.

But Armstrong's politics aren't exactly conservative. He said that his politics are "middle to Left." He is "against mixing up State and Church, not keen on guns [and] pro-women's right to choose."

In January 2006, the Ritz-Carlton hired Crow to perform at the opening of its 60th hotel, located on Grand Cayman. Along with her songs she let loose with some scorn for the president.

Crow told the N.Y. Daily News that, like his father, Bush has sought to turn America into "an imperial power and create strongholds over oil-heavy countries in order for us to control and manipulate them."

Sounds to me like she's got a pretty severe case of Bush-loathing. You hate to see it come between two people who seem to go well together.

Paris Hilton as Mother Teresa?

Two folks who don't seem to go particularly well together are Indian filmmaker T. Rajeevnath and celebrity heiress Paris Hilton.

Rajeevnath has been on a search for an actress to play the lead in his upcoming biopic on Mother Teresa. And he's apparently hoping that pillar of virtue Paris Hilton will take the part.

Rajeevnath is an award-winning director, having won India's National Award for Best Direction in 1999 for "Janani."

"Mother Teresa" will be Rajeevnath's 11th commercial film.

"Although there are several actresses willing to play the role of Mother Teresa, the most widely respected and loved person, the history of the actress who is finally chosen for the role would have to be analyzed thoroughly before she is chosen," Rajeevnath tells the Indo-Asian News Service.

He adds that his "agents in California have contacted Paris Hilton."

Rajeevnath will be coming to the U.S. soon to pick a producer and plans to shoot the movie in West Bengal and several foreign countries.

He also expects to get the blessing of the pope.

About Hilton, Rajeevnath says he was impressed by her refusal to pose nude in Playboy magazine.

You've got to wonder if Rajeevnath was equally impressed by Hilton's most ballyhooed piece of cinema – the one that accidentally debuted on the Internet.

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