Hollywood on the Potomac

President Carter

May 11, 2018

Gerald Rafshoon is an American television producer, political operative and former communications director for President Jimmy Carter. We were happy to catch up with Rafsoon at the residence of The Ambassador of Germany and Mrs. von Voss-Wittig  for a book party and conversation with Stuart E. “Stu” Eizenstat for his new book:  PRESIDENT CARTER: The White House Years at The Berliner Salon moderated by Marvin Kalb, former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for CBS and NBC.

The last time we chatted with Rafshoon was at his play Camp David that he produced for Arena Theater in May of 2014 with President and Mrs. Carter in attendance. “He tried to do a lot and he did a lot,” he said of his former boss. “If you ever said to him, ‘Don’t do this because it’s bad for our politics,’ he would ignore you. He got a lot of things done, but they weren’t always pretty. In general, he had a very outstanding record of getting a lot done – the Panama Canal Treaty, SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation) – so many different things. He never took the political stance, you know, of doing less,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac. “He always wanted to do more; and if it hadn’t been for the hostages (Iran) the point is, if he had done something bellicose like bombing Iran, it might have killed the hostages, and he probably would have gotten him re-elected. A lot of people felt he had to take action, but he did the right thing. He froze their assets. He won the Nobel Peace Prize. I was with him not too long ago. He’s 93 years old and he still goes around the world trying to save people and he teaches Sunday school, every Sunday.”


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The Garden Bunch

May 9, 2018

The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, a.k a. Nerd Prom, took place this year without The President and without the usual Hollywood fanfare, but the show went on. It didn’t stop the party circuit goers from attending their most favorite & entertaining events which included the famous Garden Brunch held at the Georgetown home of Sally and Mark Ein who co-hosted along with Tammy Haddad, Hilary Rosen & Megan Murphy, Fred Humphries, Mark Testoni, Greta Van Susteren & John Coale, Fritz Brogan, Franco Nuschese and Kevin Sheekey.

The 25th Annual Garden Brunch honored veterans by highlighting Wells Fargo’s veteran home donation program and NS2 Serves’ training and hiring programs. Garden Brunch hosts, partners and Bob Woodruff, Co-founder of The Bob Woodruff Foundation for injured veterans and their families and ABC News Correspondent, recognized the service and sacrifice by our veterans by making a very special presentation to a military family as well as the graduates of the NS2 Serves veterans training program.

“The Garden Brunch started 25 years ago as an intimate backyard gathering with friends from New York and LA who were in Washington for the annual Correspondents’ Dinner,” said Tammy Haddad, Garden Brunch founder. “Over the years, the Brunch grew and we quickly realized that we should use this platform to help others while celebrating great Washington heroes in journalism and in the military. It’s an honor to host the Garden Brunch and to be part of this exciting weekend of putting a spotlight on the importance of free press in America.”


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#Right to Bear Arts

May 7, 2018

We need creative thinkers to solve our climate problems, our immigration problems, political issues. We need creative thinkers ro find solutions to all of our problems. Creativity is a muscle that every child is born with, and if that muscle is not exercised it will atrophy and it will die, and we will be a pedantic, militaristic bunch of robots who are not having a creative conversation about how to deal with our issues; so the arts are the exercises for that muscle,” said actor Tim Daly (think Madame Secretary), President of The Creative Coalition, at their WHCA pre-dinner event at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. “The arts are not something that is meaningless. It’s like the arts are a vaccination against all kinds of social ills. We Americans are very good at rushing into crises and putting our time and money and energy behind something that has gone wrong. The arts can keep those things from going wrong. If we teach our children art and keep their imaginations alive, keep their creativity alive, they won’t get into these situations that cause our society so much pain and heartache.”

 

 


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