Hollywood on the Potomac

'Crazy Rich Asians'

August 13, 2018

“Singapore is really the main star of this movie,” said Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the USA, in opening remarks prior to the private screening of Crazy Rich Asians at The National Archives’ McGowan Theater hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin and the Motion Picture Association of America. “Two months ago many of you in Washington and around the world were watching the summit between President Trump and General Kim [Jong-un].  This will be a different image of Singapore. This will be that fun image of Singapore. We’re all not crazy, we’re all not rich, but we all like to have fun. So you will see images of Singapore that if you travel to Singapore, you can actually go to all these places; that crazy, rich Asian castle and especially enjoy the Raffles Hotel, the Singapore Sling, or the food court with the great food because that’s what, in may ways, Singapore showcases in this movie.”

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History #101

August 6, 2018

“Tonight we celebrate the most recent book and publication in that long line of publications that we’ve undertaken since 1961. Tonight we focus on The Stephen Decatur House: A History.  This is not just a beautiful book, and I happen to think it’s perhaps the most beautiful book that we’ve ever published, it comes from four different perspectives taking on this topic: There are the Decaturs, Steven and Susan Decatur; there are the others who lived there, and that’s quite a cast of characters that you’ll hear about tonight. There’s the architect Benjamin Latrobe, and there’s the collection itself. This book tells a great part of the story through the collection that we are privileged to maintain here,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association in his opening remarks that also celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the historic Decatur House.

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#The Briefing

August 1, 2018

“When the President-Elect asked me if I’d like to serve as his Press Secretary, I had visions of West Wingin my head,” Sean Spicer told friends during a sit down interview with Spicer’s podcast co-host Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com for the launch of The BriefingPolitics, The Press, and The President at Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf in Washington, DC.

“I grew up, as I like to say, in a small town in Rhode Island with a pretty tight knit family,” the author and former White House Press Secretary said. “It wasn’t really political. I went to a Catholic high school and then went on to college. I started getting involved in campaigns towards the middle end of my years in college. My whole goal was to move to Washington, DC and get a job on Capitol Hill; [so] I came here and did everything you possibly could. I stuffed envelopes, drove people around in cars, volunteered for events and lived in a group house on The Hill with a lot of people.”

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