Hollywood on the Potomac

First Amendment

June 10, 2018

“I have remained involved with The First Amendment Awards since I was responsible for starting them back in 1979,” Christie Hefner told Hollywood on the Potomac just prior to the awards presented at The Newseum in Washington, DC.  “They’re now done under the auspices of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation rather than the company. This is actually not the first time we’ve been in Washington. We’ve been in Washington at The Newseum twice before and have been in other cities – a lot in New York, Chicago some. One year we were in Texas when Molly Ivins was a winner. Then the last few years in LA where it was possible to do them in the backyard of The Playboy Mansion and [making it] possible for my father to participate. But, of course, now my father has passed away and someone else is living in the mansion. It seemed a particularly good time to come back to Washington with the focus on more than ever the imperative of an independent and free press.”

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Macron! Macron! Macron!

June 7, 2018

We’d like to thank President Macron. Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, recently elected President of France, is a popular political figure. In Washington, DC, he’s revered and we’ll tell you why. Gérard Araud was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. In May of 2017, Ambassador Araud was scheduled to return to France.  In true French fashion, there was a farewell Champagne blowout at the Residence. It was, of course, an elegant blast – as all parties are there.  Enter President Macron: Amb. Araud was not recalled.  Enter a ‘welcome back’ party in September.  As you can see, if President Macron had not been elected then we would have lost one of the best diplomatic couples ever!  With that in mind, we’d like to again thank The President of France. And to remind us of his recent successful visit to the US – well, they had another party!

Guests gathered mostly on the patio including Marie Royce who was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She will oversee a wide range of programs that advance US foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations and create networks and partnerships to advance US foreign policy goals and address global challenges and opportunities.

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Bradley, Gates, Bergen

June 3, 2018

“We have a teaching at Atlanta Media: We call it the Elizabeth Taylor School of Public Speaking. It runs like this – as Elizabeth Taylor said to each of her six successive husbands, I won’t be keeping you long,” said David Bradley, Chairman of Atlanta Media who received the International Award for Public Service at the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan 2018 Annual Award Dinner “Education will Prevail” also Honoring Dr. Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense and Dr. Phyllis R. Magrab, Vice Chair of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council at their Annual Benefit Dinner hosted by AUAF at The Four Seasons in Georgetown, DC.  “David Bradley earlier quoted Elizabeth Taylor,” said former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, also an award recipient, as he was about to embark on a Q and A with Peter Bergen after the awards. “At this point in the evening, I will quote her last husband. He said he knew what he was supposed to do, the challenge was just figuring out how to make it interesting.”

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