Last night at the home of Connie Milsteinand J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, friends and Washington media gathered to toast Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her recent publication of Off the Sidelines. Milstein introduced Sen. Gillibrand, who offered remarks and signed copies for attendees.
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Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.
“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more
Photo L to R: Rick Klein, Robin Sproul, Richard Kaplan, Ross Levinsohn, Jonathan Karl, Amy Walter, Joe Ruffolo.
If you didn’t make it up to the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave for Yahoo! News’ swanky soiree on Wednesday night, here’s a quick recap of what you missed: Thrown by event extraordinaire Philip Dufour, the party was held in large part to welcome new DC bureau chief David Chalian. In addition, the newsgroup used the opportunity to kick off their 2012 campaign coverage plans and to raise a glass to their partnership with ABC News.
HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, made an unusual appearance in Washington for a reception at the US Capitol Monday evening. Co-hosted by Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Kay Hagan, and Sen. Thad Cochran, the royal reception was held to honor the Prince for his work as International Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – a program designed to help build character and self-esteem in the world’s youth through volunteering and physical challenges.
While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy. Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).
“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC. “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.
As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression. The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza. Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan. The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing. He kindly declined:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning
Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C.. Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, the fete took place at the Jefferson Hotel and included remarks by Brown on his new book “BEYOND THE CRASH: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.” Guests such as Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Alan Greenspan, Arianna Huffington, CNN’s Piers Morgan, Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del), Debbie and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Laura Capp, Bill Burton, Susan and David Axelrod, Anita McBride, Capricia Marshall and Hilary Rosen enjoyed cocktails, a beautiful buffet spread and complimentary copies of the book at the historic hotel. On Sunday Brown appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.
The event, which Huffington joked was like an “Obama backyard party” played host to hundreds of the city’s political and media set who mingled over cocktails in the brisk fall weather. One of the most popular topics of conversation was Howie Kurtz‘s recent announcement that he will leave the Washington Post for a new gig at the Daily Beast. Several guests agreed that Yahoo’s Michael Calderone seemed like the only viable option to replace WaPo’s longtime media beat writer.
We caught up with Calderone who admitted that he wouldn’t spill to Fishbowl if he was in talks with the Post but joked that, “Marcus [Brauchli] hasn’t even returned my calls about Kurtz leaving so it’s safe to assume that he hasn’t pursued me to replace him.”