Posts Tagged ‘Anita Dunn’
On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of celebrities, journos and politicos packed the nine bedroom, 7,000 square foot mansion of businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein. The former residence of legendary publisher Katherine Graham, the historic Georgetown home (sold in 2002 for $8 million) provided a picture-perfect setting for the annual garden brunch co-hosted by Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese. Honorary chairs Wendy Murdoch and Susan Axelrod added a charitable component to the event which benefited CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance.
Journos enjoying mimosas, greyhounds and bloodies packed several tiers of decks behind the home and trickled off into the backyard for a little fresh air. The sprawling estate provided plenty of hiding spots for celebrity guest who would have been forced to mingle more openly at Haddad’s home – the previous venue for the brunch. Spotted through a cracked VIP room door (new this year) were Chace Crawford and Maria Bello. We bumped into the Palin family, Jeremy Piven, Tim Daly and Morgan Fairchild mixing with the “commoners” outdoors and caught up with Chelsea Handler who breezed into the brunch about 20 minutes before it ended. Representing the political elite were Susan and David Axelrod who shared their daughter’s struggles with epilepsy, White House communications gurus Jen Psaki and Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Ebs Burnough, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel and McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott.
The list of journo attendees was unwieldy but we owe a special shout out to Patrick Gavin‘s pants that seemed to mock the day’s cause (*see seizure-worthy pattern) and wife Anne Bracken Gavin who looked stunning and svelte after giving birth to the couple’s first child only a few weeks ago.
L to R: Anne Bracken Gavin, Patrick Gavin, David Axelrod
Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly and Erica Elliott, press secretary for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22)
L to R: Tammy Haddad, Slice, Pam Dornic, Glenn Ballard, Christine Delargy and Topspin.
Check your inboxes! Tammy Haddad, Washington’s hostess with the mostest, will hold the 18th annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm. Sharing hosting duties this year are Tammy’s hubby Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese. A pillar of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, Haddad’s annual brunch brings out a slew of celebrities, journos and politicos for some fun in the sun before the big night. This year’s brunch will benefit CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance. By invitation only.
Anita Dunn, Anne Fleming, Rhoda Glickman, Tammy Haddad, Valerie Jarrett, Anita McBride, and Hilary Rosen will host a party to celebrate Graham Moore‘s new book “The Sherlockian” on December 6, 2010. Son of Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Susan Sher, the twenty-eight-year-old Moore is a graduate of Columbia University and first-time novelist.
The event is being held at the home of Hilary Rosen from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Expect a big White House showing for the fete. For more on Moore and his new novel, visit his blog here.
Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, Anita Dunn, Sally Susman, Alex Slater, Franco Nuschese, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale will toast Arianna Huffington and the publication of her new book “Third World America“ next Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at the “House of Haddad.” The event begins at 6.30 PM and is strictly invite-only.
CNN contributor and big name political and media strategist Hilary Rosen has joined SKDKnickerbocker.
Most recently managing director of Brunswick Group’s Washington office, Rosen was former Chairman and chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America and Political Director for the Huffington Post.
Hilary’s hire follows the return of Principal Anita Dunn, who left the company to serve as President Obama’s Communications Director.
The American people like “elements” of the health care bill, declared WaPo columnist and ABC “This Week” roundtable contributor George Will.
Then he drifted into a sauerkraut ice cream metaphor. “I like sauerkraut and ice cream,” he remarked on “This Week”. “I don’t like sauerkraut ice cream.”
This is when Anita Dunn, President Obama’s former communications director, called Will on making up such a ludicrous ice cream flavor. “I’m actually not sure you’ve ever tried sauerkraut ice cream,” Dunn scolded, adding, “I’m not sure anyone ever has.”
Host Jake Tapper chimed in: “It’s quite scrumptious.”
Just for future reference, strange ice cream flavors that definitely exist include: garlic, Stilton cheese, licorice, avocado and candied bacon. There is a Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Ohio (according to Ohio Traveler Magazine) that purports to serve sauerkraut ice cream.
> Update: U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard of Washington Whispers weighs in on the strange ice cream matter: “Reminds me of covering Clinton in Martha’s Vineyard where Mad Martha’s served lobster ice cream. In a kooky way, I liked it…had big pats of butter in it too.”
Good morning FishbowlDC! Today is Veterans Day.
More “Sesame Street” for you- First Lady Michelle Obama guests in a segment about vegetables. Take note. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…
TPM: Family Feud: How Much Is Moon Church Conflict Driving Wash Times Turmoil?
“Morning Joe”: The Drinking Game. We suggest playing with mimosas.
Some of our favorite TV pundits are making nice in New Orleans this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “Take the Poison Out of Partisanship” conference. Natives Mary Matalin and James Carville, Mandy Grunwald, Dan Barlett, Hilary Rosen, Steve Schmidt and Joe Trippi are all there. More dets on Politico Click.
And Evening News ratings, courtesy of TVNewser.
More on Dunn via Politico: “In an e-mail, Dunn said: ‘It’s an honor to serve the nation and the President and I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity at this critical time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work for the President’s agenda for change in the future.’”
TPM is hiring a publisher.
Looks like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, on The Fix, is the first to report that White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down at the end of this month, to be replaced by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer. Cillizza’s reporting:
Dunn, a longtime Democratic media consultant, took over the job on an interim basis earlier this year when Ellen Moran abruptly left the post to take a job at the Commerce Department. Dunn will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic ends.
Pfeiffer began working for Obama in 2007 following Sen. Evan Bayh’s (Ind.) decision not to pursue the presidency. He served a stint as the traveling press secretary for Obama’s presidential bid but eventually took a slot overseeing the campaign’s communications operation.
Prior to Obama, Pfeiffer worked for Sen. Tim Johnson’s (S.D.) re-election race in 2002 and on then Sen. Tom Daschle’s (S.D.) unsuccessful bid in 2004.
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