Hollywood on the Potomac

The Rhinestone Cowboy

August 9, 2017

Grammy-winning musician and Alzheimer’s champion Glen Campbell inspires with Goodbye Tour.  Campbell turns 80 today.  Happy Birthday!


Country music legend Glen Campbell still has it. Calling for action to end the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, the musical star and his family are giving fans a run of free performances across the nation this summer. “It is wonderful having my kids join me on stage. I love it,” says Campbell. “Ashley is on keyboards, Shannon plays guitar and Cal is on drums.” They jammed and crooned on Capitol Hill for more than 60 members of Congress and supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association, with Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey, co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, saying that “the fight against Alzheimer’s has needed a Rhinestone Cowboy for a long time and now Glen Campbell is shining his spotlight on this epidemic, raising the awareness that is needed to ensure we meet the bold goal of curing the disease by 2025.”

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By the Numbers!

August 7, 2017

“It’s a tiny investment for Americans that can help prevent conflicts, prevent state failure, help stabilize countries coming out of war – a tiny investment for big strategic impacts. I think tonight’s about making that case.” Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) and former Joint Chief of Staff told Hollywood on the Potomac at a dinner in his and Michèle Flournoy’s (CARE) honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. The cause? CARE.  Both are concerned about the possibility of fund cutting.


“It’s really about trying to make a strategic case for why development assistance is in United States’ strategic interest. We both served in the Pentagon and there is a national security case to be made for smart, effective development assistance. It’s less than one penny on the dollar,” he added.


Considered one of the most influential CJS as the top military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Mullen is widely recognized as an “honest broker” by policymakers, Members of Congress and senior military officers with emphasis on strengthening the U.S. military and advocating for those who serve. “I think the whole issue of USAID, foreign assistance has been highly politicized in recent years, and there is a strong desire to pull back on that; and thus they’ve chosen to do that. The military can’t do this stuff alone. I’ve been there. It doesn’t work, it won’t work in the future. The more we bleed this area the military is going to bleed in the future in conflicts around the world.”  Most recently, he is considered a hero in the LGBT community for telling Congress to allow medical care for transgender troops.

Michèle is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies and joined the Board of CARE in 2014.

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Making Washington Work!

July 31, 2017

In light of the recent turmoil over Chief of Staff and other White House appointments, we thought this article would be relevant today and worthy of a second read.  It was first posted on March 23rd, 2015.


James Addison Baker III defines charisma – a personal magic of leadership. The former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan who accidentally worked his way up the political food chain is the subject of a PBS documentary that airs on March 24th: James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work narrated by Tom Brokaw. It explores his life and long political career; a remarkably savvy power player, deal-maker and diplomat respected on both sides of the aisle for his ability to get things done.


Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with film-makers John Hesse and Eric Stange for insight into how this unlikely politician became one of the most influential politicians of all time.


We asked each if they could define Baker in one word, neither could.  So, we went for two words. “Consummate statesman,” said Hesse.  “Supremely competent,” said Stange.


So what makes a person supremely competent we asked Stange: “He did come from a family with great expectations for him although I don’t know how these things work. I think part of it was that. He grew up in a family that obviously prepared him very well for taking on important roles and having a kind of self-confidence and a kind of cool, intellectual approach to problems. That certainly helps. Then I think law school and being a lawyer, just being a workaday lawyer doing business deals seems to have helped him quite a bit. That’s where he says he learned his negotiating skills. That’s where he really came to understand what it takes to get a deal done.”

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