Political impressionist Jim Morris said he exercised extreme discretion when he appeared on NBC's "Today" show just before the inauguration of President George Bush. Morris, who has earned raves for his impressions of Bush and outgoing President Ronald Reagan, said he ran into Dan Quayle just before his four-minute appearance on the NBC morning program. "I wanted to go up to him and say, `Dan, I hope I never have to do you,' " Morris said, "but there were too many servicemen around."

But Morris, slipping into his Bush persona, defended the extravagance that's been heaped upon the inaugural gala. "We aren't spending too much for the inaugural," said Morris-as-Bush. "In fact, I am wearing the formal wear from the last election. Read my lips: `No New Tuxes.' "