Hollywood on the Potomac

Historical Breakfast

June 25, 2018

If you get an invitation to have breakfast with The White House Historical Association – GO. Located inside of Decatur House, it is one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square, on the corner of H Street and Jackson Place.  At 8 AM, it’s a peaceful retreat into history.  The association is a source for background information, historical images and interviews with historians, authors, and board members (many who formerly worked in the White House) that share the many resources  available for those covering the White House and feature topics relating to White House history.

A small group of journalists gathered for a round table discussion and the announcement of a new app and a discussion about their next literary venture, hosted by Board Members Anita McBride (former Assistant to George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush) and Mike McCurry (Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton). “I’m going to start briefly by telling you a little context of who we are and what we do,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the organization. “First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy realized that they needed a private resource to assist with some conservation work and restoration work we wanted to do in the White House. The government either couldn’t, wouldn’t or shouldn’t provide funding for that so she created our organization. Since 1961 we have been providing non-government funding to conservation projects in the state floor of the White House. I have bought art and furnishings for the permanent White House collection. We do that for this building we’re in, the historic Decatur House, which we operate in a co-stewardship agreement with the National Trust Historic Preservation who actually owns this building. It’s 200 years old this year, so we’re doing a celebration. Our next book that we will release is actually on The Decatur House and this historic property.”

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Power Breakfast

June 19, 2018

“We’ve had some changes in a very different, unique way in the Senate and that is that Tammy Duckworth became the first woman in the history of the United States Senate to give birth while in office,” said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, DC who kicked off opening remarks at the W Hotel.

“She is a decorated Iraq War Veteran who lost both of her legs and is this incredible pillar of strength every single day for all of us. She had a child and then she was pregnant with a second one, at age 50. She came to me and said: ‘I already have one child and we always voted at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and it would be much easier if I could bring the baby with me every so often to vote.’  So I thought and I said to her: ‘No problem, oh yeah!’ I go back and I realize that they have not changed the Senate Rules for over 200 years. And the only time they changed access to the Senate floor was in 1987 when they allowed a dog on the floor. So I started working on this and I never thought I could reveal what happened except that then the day it passed, Senator Hatch actually said to the media, ‘Well, it’s okay, you know, if we had one baby at the floor, but what if we had 10 babies?’ And I said, ‘We already have 10 babies!'”

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What is Light

June 12, 2018

What is Light?  “It’s my love letter to children all over the world. Light comes in many forms. It comes from the sun. It comes from a firefly. It comes from within you and the things that you do. You alone are enough to light up a room. And if kids could just realize that early on, who knows where they’ll go with that information. And so this was really like my love letter to my son that is now in a book.”

“I don’t think I had this fairy tale childhood where everything was perfect and all of my needs were met; but I truly feel that I had something innately in me that whenever somebody tried to tell me I was less than or I wasn’t enough or I didn’t matter as much, I just never ever accepted that,” Markette Sheppard told Hollywood on the Potomac. Shepard is host of Great Day Washington on CBS in Washington DC’s WUSA9. She is also the author of the just published inspirational children’s book, What Is Light?  She has been featured on NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael and on VH1′s national morning show Big Morning Buzz Live. She’s also winner of a 2017 Telly Award and the 2016 CableFAXaward for Best Talk Show Host in the region.

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