Hollywood on the Potomac

Diplomatic Gatekeepers

September 4, 2018

Anyone in the photo clearly wasn't in their office on August 29th when Institute for Education (IFE) celebrated its Third Annual Social Secretaries Lunch honoring the hard work of our diplomatic communities with co-hosts Coach Kathy Kemper (Founder IFE) and Rosemarie Pauli, former Acting Chief of Protocol, with assistance from Kiyomi Buker (Japan), Gwenda de Moore (Belgium) and Elise Ravenscroft (IFE). Ambassador Sean Lawler, The United States Chief of Protocol, was the special guest along side over 50 gatekeepers who braved the hot sun to attend this special lunch “where secretaries get to meet face-to-face in a casual manner, many for the first time, putting together faces with emails and phone calls.” The lunch was held on The Great Lawn at the historic Congressional Country Club where France, Iceland, Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, Spain, Japan and dozens of other countries were represented.

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'For Whom the Bell Tolls'

September 2, 2018

In memory of Senator John McCain.

“I always say I’ll be short,” said Senator Lindsey Graham at the special screening of HBO’s new documentary on Senator John McCain at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, “and John says, ‘Well you are.'”


“To explain John McCain, I can do it in one story; Roberta McCain, his mother. She goes to Europe, she’s 90 years old, young. She tries to get a rental car. They say, ‘You’re too old.’ She went and bought the car. And drove around Europe.”


“The bottom line is that this movie and all the books are about a love affair with America that began at 17 that will never end as long as there’s breath in John McCain. The reason our colleagues are here is because they respect John, and if you have not been on the other side of John that means you didn’t do much in the Senate. So all of you are here understanding the good, the bad, and the brilliance of John McCain.”

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'Locked Up Abroad'

August 26, 2018

In memory of Senator John McCain. First published April 16, 2013


“Locked Up Abroad" is the cult favorite that takes viewers inside accounts of capture, incarceration, and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic reenactments.

This season, we’ll hear more firsthand accounts not only from those who were locked up, but also from those who were directly part of the story.

The story is about Sen. John McCain’s harrowing story of imprisonment and the unlikely friendship that gave him strength to hang on, that person being Ernie Brace, American Hero. As the longest POW in Vietnam history, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any other POW during the war. Held for almost eight years, he faced capture, starvation, sickness, torture, solitude, and desperation. Sen. John McCain became lifelong friends with Brace during his own internment in Vietnam.” Production Notes.


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