Hollywood on the Potomac

50 Most Beautiful

September 14, 2016

First of all, we’d like to thank the fig lady who served up platters of the fresh fruit smothered in walnuts and covered with Stilton cheese and offered in abundance at The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful annual event held this year at The Observatory at America’s Square on New Jersey Avenue. We’re not sure if the ‘beautiful’ people were tempted by the high carb appetizers, but we liked them so much we went home and googled a recipe.


“While it was an honor to be named to the list a few years ago,” Neil Grace told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It armed my friends with a lifetime of one-liners from the profile. I will never live down ‘I love fun socks.’ You can’t take it too seriously.”

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9/11 Aftermath

September 12, 2016

“I was 10 years old.  I loved my home in Los Angeles, where my family always gathered in celebration.  I couldn’t imagine life beyond the Pacific Ocean.  I remember the day we moved to Washington, DC.  My cousin, Zarina, and I had stayed up all night crying and saved our soaked tissues in an eyeglass case.  Two weeks later, I was in a motorcade on the way to the White House for my father to present his credentials as the first Afghan Ambassador to the United States since the Soviet invasion in 1979  – that’s 23 years! It was one of the few times I saw my Baba cry, when he said, ‘I’m just a poor boy from Coche Ali Reza Khan.’”  Jahan Shahryar, co-editor of “Our Shared Stories.”


Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with Jahan prior to her book launch at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington with her co-editor Emal Dusst. As a long time friend of the Shahryars from the time they first arrived to fulfill their diplomatic mission to current times, it brought back many memories of their entertaining at home as well as former President Hamid Karzai’s first visit to The United States at the Embassy.

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Swing States

September 8, 2016

Are all states created equal? Not really. Ohio is the big one as far as Presidential Elections are concerned – as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Last October at a dinner at Cafe Milano, we asked Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro how things looked for  Governor John Kasich who was running for President at the time. Despite being a Democrat, Cafaro had only good things to say. Here is what she told Hollywood on the Potomac.


“I’ve worked very closely with Governor Kasich on a number of issues including revamping the Economic Development Department, creating some changes in regard to how we finance our infrastructure programs, as well as Medicaid expansion. I do believe that he is honest and balanced. As a Democrat I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he has to say, but I certainly respect the fact that he is a straight shooter. He speaks his mind. He’s willing to compromise. A recent poll just came out just a few days ago indicating that this is the highest approval rating that he has had in his entire tenure, over 60-some percent currently as the sitting Governor.”

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