Hollywood on the Potomac
“I love Larry Wilmore. I’ve been a guest on his show. He could not be nicer,” CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield told Hollywood on the Potomac at the CNN’S Political Hangover brunch at Long View Gallery about WHCAD comedian Wilmore over which there was much controversy. “He’s smart, talented. The only thing I didn’t like was his hitting on my bestie Wolf Blitzer. But it’s all in fun and everybody is a big boy and a big girl. We’re all good. I think he’s the greatest and I wish him the best.”
“A struggle….just a struggle, just that easy. A struggle for him and a struggle for the audience. It’s was a struggle,” money guru Suze Orman added to the already piling up comments against Wilmore.
Up or down on Wilmore? “I think it was a dud. Big down. The President was extremely funny; the President did the job that Larry Wilmore should have done last night,” said a guest who wished to remain anonymous. “The President found a really good balance, Wilmore is a little sick. They should have ended with the President. Wilmore was horrible.” This, of course, is pretty much a standard fare reaction to the WHCAD comedians. Think Stephen Colbert or Don Imus.
“Forbidden fruit tastes so much sweeter,” as the saying goes. Such was the case at the 4th Annual White House Correspondents’ No Sponsors No Cameras No Press No Hassles Party hosted by Funny Or Die and United Talent Agency at Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront. Here’s proof:
The pro Hillary crowd that included Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama; Karen Finney, spokesperson to the Clinton 2016; and Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post’s editorial blogger were happy campers assuming at this point that the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party presidential race was headed straight to the Clinton Camp.
Pam Stevens has been trolling around Cleveland for a few weeks checking the scene for the GOP Convention where she’ll be handling the media since taking a short leave of absence from her job as Director of Media Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the House Republican Conference. “Cleveland is fun,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac at the Kalorama home of Gloria Dittus.
“I can’t wait to have everyone come for the convention. The people of Cleveland are so excited and are the nicest people; plus great shopping, great restaurants – expensive manicures, that’s for sure – but it’s a fun city, good mid-western city with nice people, really nice. It’s colder there, but there’s the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and it’s just a pretty terrific city.” Seems that Stevens was on a reverse short leave of absence from Cleveland for the White House Correspondents’Association weekend. We crossed paths with Pam at the Dittus home where Gloria co-hosted the 3rd annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards reception with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger. The event celebrated women journalists for their outstanding achievements.