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Chuck Schumer got a new Hickey Freeman suit for the inauguration

In honor of the Biden burble, a burp of exclusivity to be heard nowhere else: Schumer got new threads for today. The man wears Hickey Freeman. Big with them, he rotates their suits. Years back he worked to keep their 109-year-old factory and union workers on the job in Rochester, NY. Who else would tell you these things, right? So either Freeman or Hickey phoned and said, “You’re majority leader now. You need a new coat for the inauguration.”

For Mrs. Biden’s husband’s swearing-in, Chuck, wildly inspired, sprung for a lightweight, black, 100 percent cashmere coat.

Listen, if not for Madam Adams — where else would you get such information?

Affleck is finding his ‘Way’

Ben Affleck went way back for basketball story “The Way Back.” He told academy Zoom interviewer Matt Damon: “It’s my best stuff. And I’m no pro athlete.”

Damon: “I know, I’ve seen you play basketball.”

Affleck: “This is about grief, losing a child, your greatest fear, and how you recover. Scary. I tapped into being a parent and the place I was in making it.

“It’s everything I’ve gone through in life. At 24, you haven’t lived much. At 48, I’ve lived a rich, great, awful set of experiences. I have much more to draw on. I could never play this part without having children. Or a divorce. I’m a recovering alcoholic and this guy’s an alcoholic.

“You and I have talked about our standards. Not ‘this one must be a hit’ or ‘critics have to like it.’ Now it’s about accomplishing what we want to do. Not being ‘outer-oriented.’”

Damon: “When we wrote ‘Good Will Hunting,’ we said, ‘Even if it’s just a videotape on our mantel, we want to like it.’ Now, 30 years later, it’s back where we started.”

Affleck: “I don’t need to be on the cover of another magazine as long as I live. I’m proud of ‘The Way Back.’ It came out just as all the theaters shut and I was like, ‘Oh great.’ But, fortunately, they rushed it into streaming.”

Eames chair in his living room, big-screen TV on his outdoor terrace — Damon’s also OK.

Retellings

So it’s prequels, not sequels. With “Wonka,” due 2023, about Willy Wonka’s pre-candy childhood factory, comes from 1964’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” book. David Heyman, who grabbed all the Harry Potter rights for a small sum (!), is behind it … Groucho Marx’s ’50s hit “You Bet Your Life” hits TV again this fall. Jay Leno hosts … And reprising Lucille Ball’s old “I Love Lucy” shows has caused bitching and kvetching — Nicole Kidman doesn’t look like her, different noses, she isn’t funny. Lucille’s daughter Lucie Arnaz, co-producer of “Being the Ricardos,” says to shut up: “Stop arguing about playing it. Trust us. The voting’s over.”

My president

I know where my country stands and what my friends say. No need to reprise the hostility. A patriot of God’s greatest nation on Earth, I am allowed an opinion.

Donald is my friend. I know his goodness, kindness and thoughtfulness. He shares my intense devotion to this country. Who can guess at the insides of a person, the imagining what it takes to claw yourself up to be president of the United States of America. That’s why it can’t be everybody. Or anybody. We’ve had those. We’re having them again.

Donald had great ideas. Did good things. He was not one of those political pros who never had to scratch out a living because they lived off DC’s trough.

And if he’s not in the Oval Office, I hope to see him again in my dining room.


My apology if such sentiments are felt only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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