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Some Of DC’s Most Influential Party With Time‘s

Time convened some of the most influential people in the world last night at the 6th annual gala celebrating the 100 Most Influential list. The black-tie party was held at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Lincoln Center in NYC.

First Lady Michelle Obama, a Time 100 honoree, made remarks at the gala and sat at a table with Oprah Winfrey, Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Gayle King and Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief John Huey.

Attendees hailing from DC included President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Van Jones (both TIME 100 honorees), plus White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and social secretary Desiree Rogers. And from the media world: Chris Matthews, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Rose, to name a few.

Photo of Jon Favreau with Oprah courtesy of Wire Image

Time 100 Party Draws DC A-Listers


Photo from The Page and by Getty

Tonight is Time Mag‘s 100 List‘s big night and many are traveling up from DC to NY for the celebration, including, according to The Page: First Lady Michelle Obama, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Van Jones, Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle and CNN’s John King.

Be sure to check out our coverage of the party tomorrow.

WHCA Dinner Guest Lists: ABC Cleans Up, Others Grumble?

What do WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, CIA Director Leon Panetta and WH Advisers Valerie Jarrett & David Axelrod have in common (besides the obvious)? They’ll all be dining with ABC News at this year’s WHCA Dinner.

So why are the other networks “grumbling?” The Hill reports that fingers are pointed at George Stephanopoulos for using his influence to land the A-list lineup.

ABC says the claim is “absolutely false” and that George only invited one guest this year. From what we hear at FBDC, Stephanopoulos’ single call was to Jon Bon Jovi.

Which explains why an ABC spokeswoman told TVNewser: “To quote the singer, we weren’t exactly ‘livin’ on a prayer’ booking guests. We started earlier, worked harder, and these are the results.”

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Glamour magazine fittingly nabbed White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, who is also a special guest at the Capitol File after party (with Valerie Jarrett and dinner entertainment headliner Wanda Sykes).

Also at Glamour’s table: Narciso Rodriguez, Alicia Keys, Kenneth Cole, Kerry Washington and the Vice President’s daughter, Ashley Biden.

People Magazine is bringing Sting and Trudie Styler, Miranda Cosgrove, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Eva Longoria Parker, Kevin Bacon, Ludacris, Jon Hamm and Forest Whitaker.

Fortune will host George Lucas and Glenn Close (far better than last year’s Heidi and Spencer).

The Atlantic has invited Newt Gingrich and “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick.

WWD also reports The Atlantic will host a Friday night dinner and a pre-dinner cocktail reception at the Hilton, co-hosted by the National Journal Group and ABC.

More details here.

‘Kumar’ Leaves Hollywood Behind for DC’s White Castle

Actor Kal Penn is leaving the show “House” to take a job under Valerie Jarrett with the Asian-American and arts communities, according to a White House spokesman (via Sun Times). Penn was active on Obama’s presidential campaign.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop:

I understand it was your decision to leave House. True?

KAL PENN: Yes. I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.

Will you actually be working in the White House?

PENN: This particular office is in the executive building. The White House has two buildings: the actual White House and an old Navy building called the Old Executive Office.

Are you there as long as Obama’s in office?

PENN: A lot of that stuff is up in the air. This is a relatively recent development.

Safe to say you’re taking a huge pay cut?

PENN: Oh, yeah. There’s not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.

How long has this been in the works?

PENN: I’ve been thinking about [moving into politics] for a while. I love what I do as an actor. I couldn’t love it more. But probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service. I went to a performing arts high school, but I still took a bunch of those dorky political science classes. It’s probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. So the past couple of years I thought about it a little more. And in ’06 I started this international studies program at Stanford, where they actually let you do most of the course work online. So it was something I could do while I was acting. And I thought this might be the right time to go off and do something else. The ultimate irony, of course, is that I love being on House. There’s not a smarter group of people that I’ve been surrounded by in television. So I thought about it for a very long time before I went and talked to David and Katie.

What was that conversation like?

PENN: We had a very long discussion. And I remember David saying, “Are you telling me that you’re unhappy with the show and that you want to leave so you can go off and do a different show?” And I was like, “Not at all. I’m actually saying the exact opposite, which is I’m having an incredible time, but there’s something aching in me to do something completely different and take a break from the acting thing for a while.” And with their blessing, we were able to work it out.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Obama-Biden transition team co-chair Valerie Jarrett, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and a roundtable with White House historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell.

  • Face the Nation: Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, New York Times’ David Brooks and Politico’s John Harris.

  • This Week: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), George Will, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent and Richard Stengel, managing editor, Time Magazine. Note: Late Edition airs live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HDNet’s Dan Rather, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, New York Times’ David Brooks and Elisabeth Bumiller.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe on XM’s POTUS ’08: Shailagh Murray, Mike Shear, Juliet Eilpern, Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Josh Bolton, White House Chief of Staff is interviewed by Anne Kornblut, Washington Post and Jennifer Love, AP

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Longtime presidential advisor, civil rights leader and banker Vernon Jordan on Obama’s election.

  • Reliable Sources: Jessica Yellin, CNN correspondent, Jake Tapper, senior political correspondent, ABC News, Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief, Los Angeles Times, Michel Martin, host, National Public Radio, Clarence Page, columnist, The Chicago Tribune, Stephanie Miller, nationally syndicated talk show host, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor and Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk show host.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser, Walter Isaacson, president, The Aspen Institute, Jon Meacham, author, ‘American Lion’, Robert Caro, author, ‘Master of the Senate’ and Joseph Ellis, author, ‘American Creation’

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

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