Hollywood on the Potomac
“I have a question that I’ve never asked before and I will never ask again,” said Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen on Friday, a silence falling over the crowd. “How does the White House taste?”
“Kid President” Robby Novak, age ten, told the audience at Politico’s Playbook Celebrity Breakfast at Woolly Mammoth Theatre about the time he went to meet President Obama and began to lick the walls of the White House. A YouTube sensation, “Kid President” elicited laughter with every charming, cute and yet poignant response he made to the questions posed to him by Allen.
Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief, and Mike Allen interviewed ‘Scandal‘ stars Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene) and Dan Bucatinsky (James Novak), along with real-life counterparts Andy Card and Dee Dee Myers, to an audience of over two hundred.
The first panel included Novak, Brad Montague, Novak’s brother-in-law who produces the YouTube channel, and YouTube head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl.
“We’ve always as a family made things together,” said Montague, “and this was something we were making that connected with a lot more people than we anticipated.”
“To say this is one of the most important stories to put on our stage is a complete understatement,” said Artistic Director of Arena Stage Molly Smith at the world premiere of Camp David. “It’s important to be reminded of a moment—now 35 years ago—when people from very different cultures and perspectives risked their lives and careers and put themselves on the line personally, intellectually and spiritually by sitting down to forge an agreement.”
Camp David (renamed after Eisenhower’s grandson) is the rural retreat of US Presidents ensconced in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Maryland, some 64 miles northwest of Washington. Its history includes the meeting there during World War II between President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and has been the scene of a number of high-level presidential conferences with foreign heads of state. The Accords are considered by most historians to be the greatest accomplishment of the Carter Presidency.
“After five years, John has led this group with his heart and soul—that much is obvious through his impassioned words at the Embassy of Luxembourg on Wednesday night,” said Fran Holuba referring to her friend John McCarthy. “I believe this promising nonprofit is rewriting civic engagement and I’m truly inspired by their work…………and their uncanny ability to throw meaningful, yet glamorous events in Washington. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and I can’t wait for their inaugural gala this fall.”
Celebrating 5 Years of Political Engagement, the event was aptly named “The Political Party” and included over 200 of the best and brightest in public service and community activists who celebrated at the luxurious french style, historic Embassy of Luxembourg in Dupont Circle, hosted by His Excellency Jean-Louis Wolzfeld, The Ambassador of Luxembourg.
“This event is not only a celebration of the work that Future Civic Leaders has accomplished over the last five years,” said McCarthy, Executive Director of Future Civic Leaders. but of the political community here in Washington that has lifted up the stories of the civically disenfranchised. We believe that Democracy works best when everyone is at the table, and by the turnout tonight, we can see that our supporters do as well.”