27

SUNDAY

Saddam Hussein’s alleged evildoing is apparently reason enough for Congress to authorize war. But it’s not a good excuse for presidential infidelity. In the opening scene of Christopher Buckley’s latest political and social satire, No Way to Treat a First Lady, fictional commander-in-chief Ken MacMann is sport-fucking a movie star in a White House guest room while his wife is supposedly sleeping. When he returns to an awakened and suspicious first lady, he pleads “Iraq.” The next morning, he’s found spittooned to death in his bed. What follows is “the Trial of the Millennium,” in which the first lady, whom the press dubs “Lady Bethmac,” is prosecuted for the president’s assassination. For her defense, she enlists a former lover and renowned acquittal-winner, whose shamelessness makes Johnnie Cochran look like Atticus Finch. “Magnanimity is for wusses,” he says. Ask Buckley what “magnanimity” means at 5 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Chris Shott)