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Let Them Eat Cake!

July 17, 2017

This Day in History: “Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.” The History Channel. In honor of the occasion of French Independence, The Ambassador of France Gérard Araud celebrated with friends at his Kalorama Residence.


Some historians found the diary of the King. On that day, July 14th, 1789 he only wrote “Nothing.” That was the result of his day’s hunting. When the Duc de Liancourt informed the King of what happened at the Bastille, the King asked his advisor “is this a revolt?” and he was answered, “No Majesty, this is a revolution.”


“Let them eat cake” is the most famous quote attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France during the French Revolution. As the story goes, it was the queen’s response upon being told that her starving peasant subjects had no bread. Because cake is more expensive than bread, the anecdote has been cited as an example of Marie-Antoinette’s obliviousness to the conditions and daily lives of ordinary people. But did she ever actually utter those words? Probably not.” Encyclopedia Britannica.  Whatever, we ate cake – macaroon cookie cakes to be exact.

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Welcome to the Hood!

July 9, 2017

Written by guest contributor Toby McCarroll


The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, H.E. Dirk Wouters and Mrs. Katrin Wouters hosted a welcome to the neighborhood party for the new American University President Sylvia Mathews Burwell at their Foxhall Road residence.


Ambassador Wouters ga ve opening remarks discussing the mysteries behind the location of Universities, questioning why the oldest University in the world is in Moroco, and why one of the youngest is in The Bahamas. Referring to the placement of American University however, the Ambassador said, “like my own country, this neighborhood is small, but so great.”


President Burwell thanked Ambassaor Wouters for his welcome and shared her excitement starting as the new President of the University. With less than a month under her belt in her new role, the President joked that the responsibility was like “drinking water from a fire hydrant,” but added “with lovely people.”

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Nixon: The Wizard Project

July 4, 2017

Elizabeth Drew is back in the news. A look back at the 40th-anniversary edition of her 1974 book, “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.” This article was originally posted in 2014.


“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative.  Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.”  Tom Brokaw 


“Originally published soon after Richard Nixon’s resignation, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal is a landmark of political journalism.  Keenly observed and hugely insightful, Washington Journal opens in 1973 and follows the deterioration of Nixon’s presidency as it happens.”  Overlook Press


“I have a certain amount of empathy for the man,” Drew told Hollywood on the Potomac.  He was trapped in his own personality and by that I mean he had grown up resentful.  He was a kind of scrawny kid and not at all athletic but bookish and that was not the thing in Whittier, California, so he was a loner.”

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