Presidential iTunes

Even that boomer President Bush likes to stay hip with an Apple Computer iPod music player. His is loaded with 250 country and rock tunes that he likes to listen to while he is exercising.

Among the tunes loaded on "iPod One": "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" by Joni Mitchell and "My Sharona," the 1979 song by the Knack that Joe Levy, a Rolling Stone editor, called "suggestive if not outright filthy," according to The New York Times, which got the scoop on Bush's iPod selections.

The president's daughters are trying to make their father a little hipper. They gave him the device for his birthday last year, and it hasn't been far from his ears ever since.

As for an analysis of Bush's playlist, Levy said: "One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him."

Wolfowitz tunes in

Assistant Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz knows the value of technology — especially in wartime.

"You think you have techies? We have techies," he told attendees of the Northern Virginia Technology Council's annual dinner April 13.

Wolfowitz, soon to be president of the World Bank, said technology has had a "revolutionary impact" on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Satellite technology helped a colonel and a team of five soldiers locate and eliminate an enemy stronghold.

And in a case involving an Afghan leader, satellite photos helped locate the person who had killed his cousin, a truck driver, when his relative's truck and another vehicle stopped on a road together.

"Our extraordinary technology deserves some of the credit" for bringing democracy to the region, he said. And now, he said, he tunes into events in Iraq by reading Web logs that have cropped up online, including Iraq the Model (, written by two Iraqi brothers.

Soda with fizz

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade ...or lobby for it. Susan Neely, who was assistant secretary for public affairs in the Homeland Security Department, became president of the American Beverage Association last week. She is the eighth leader of the main lobbying group for the $88 billion a year nonalcoholic beverage industry.

The public printer

The Rochester Institute of Technology has named a public service award after U.S. Public Printer Bruce James, a 1964 alum and RIT Board of Trustees chairman.

Each year, the Bruce James '64 Distinguished Public Service Award will spotlight a student for extraordinary public service in the Rochester, N.Y., community. Award recipients get $1,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organization of their choice.

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