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Bloomberg Lambasts President; Stops Short of Announcing for Presidency

January 27, 2019

“To Donald, the art of the deal is cheating people.  And now he’s doing it to the American people," said possible Democrat candidate for president Michael R. Bloomberg, speaking to a business group in Tysons, Va., on Friday.

That was only one of the barrage of sharp arrows Bloomberg, 76, shot at President Trump, an old New York City adversary, during the sold-out breakfast for the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia.

Michael Bloomberg chats with Beth Solomon, managing director for external affairs & development for CARE USA. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Michael Bloomberg chats with Beth Solomon, managing director for external affairs & development for CARE USA.

Many more scathing arrows were in the quiver:

  •  a “reckless President…who doesn’t know the first thing about management.”
  • Alluding to Trump’s brain power, Bloomberg said on occasion when they took the New York subway together; Trump didn’t know which end to put his subway card in.
  • On the presidency, Donald Trump “is way over his head… complete failure of presidential leadership…the president is flunking every single test…the training wheels that his staff put on don’t work….he should not be president…”
  • This is a government version of a “horror movie” such as the likes of Freddy Krueger.
  • Trump, he said, despite his bragging of knowing scientific things, is really ignorant. Does he send his family to “witch doctors?”
  • Bloomberg called the government shutdown “a simple political stunt…just so he (Trump) can build a wall that doesn’t work…" And, he said the Republicans are “too cowardly to stand up”…comparing the lot to the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz. “What’s happening now with Republicans…and Trump…they make the “lion look like a profile in courage.”
  • He said that there is “certainly culpability on both sides…but no other government stops their government over a political fight.” He said for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “herding cats is not easy.”
  • On immigration, Bloomberg said he doesn’t support open borders.  “We need to be able to bring in many people from around the world…who obey laws...”if not throw them out.”  Today’s immigration system “is just a joke.”

He did not directly address by name the growing lineup of Democrats who have announced their presidential candidacy, with more to come.  Nonetheless, he said it’s important that in 2020, the candidates know how to manage, know how to work across the political aisle, know “how to run a railroad,” and have a real concern for people. The federal government is the big league… “It’s the NFL here. We need to have people who can do the job … not just hold a political rally….”

Bloomberg during Q&A (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Bloomberg during Q&A

He pointedly spoke of his own resume, which includes three terms as New York City mayor. He was a backer of many successful economic policies that supported entrepreneurs, small and larger businesses, tech and bioscience, and technology startups, among other achievements.

In his hour-long talk followed by a Q&A, Bloomberg laughed:

“Now I’m going to take some questions.  The perfect first question would be why I get confused with Brad Pitt.  Well, we’re the same age.”

Although most in the audience of 100+  thought he sounded like a candidate, Bloomberg, said he is playing a wait ‘n’ see game. “I’ll take a look and see” about the future.  The billionaire, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said he has time to decide whether to toss his hat into the ring. In the meantime, he said he is pleasantly occupied with the philanthropic endeavors.  But then, he alluded, one morning, he may get up and say: it's time.

Some think Bloomberg is too middle of the road to attract voters in the current democrat spin to the left.  Others feel Bloomberg's views will appeal to moderate Republicans nationwide. 

Attending the breakfast were Virginia political leaders, past and present. Honorees included Gov. Ralph Northam, Congressman Don Beyer, and former Congressman Jim Moran

The former New York City mayor was in the D.C. area for the week, speaking at a Martin Luther King commemoration on Monday and several other events.






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Love Birds Alert: New Tiffany Store to Open at CityCenterDC in Time for Valentine's Day

January 17, 2019

On February 12th --just in time for Valentine’s Day-- a Tiffany & Co. store opens at CityCenterDC.

In celebration of its grand opening, Tiffany & Co. at  CityCenterDC will exclusively offer for purchase ($200) a Tiffany sterling silver Washington, D.C. postcard charm.  

This location  marks the company’s third store in the Washington, D.C. area, but its first in the capital.  It’s at 960 New York Avenue NW.

Tiffany's new DC charm (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Tiffany's new DC charm

“Washington, D.C. has played a significant role in Tiffany & Co.’s history. Historical figures, presidential leaders and first ladies have donned our designs,” said a news release.

Tiffany designed some of the most important U.S. seals in American history, including the Great Seal of the United States, which can be seen on the dollar bill,” said Alexandra Winokur, group vice president, Northern America Retail.

The 5,000 square-foot CityCenterDC store showcases a broad range of Tiffany’s product assortment in a sleek and architectural space. The store features dedicated salons including: Love & Engagement, Concepts & Collections, Home & Accessories, a new Discovery Salon and an intimate Private Sales Salon.

To celebrate the store’s opening, CityCenter will host a month-long Tiffany Archival Exhibition through March 31, 2019, displaying several of the brand’s most notable pieces from American history.  Highlights include a platinum and diamond American flag brooch, a necklace and brooch from Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal collection, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Tiffany gold watch, a diamond and ruby clip worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and a collection of U.S. seals all designed by Tiffany & Co.

The exhibition is open to the public.

The CityCenter location will have an all-glass façade with signature Tiffany Blue®-lit panels that will make the store completely visible from the street.  

Exterior of new Tiffany store (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Exterior of new Tiffany store

Once inside, guests are immediately immersed into the world of Tiffany which includes a one of-a-kind gilded Tiffany Blue® magnolia chandelier at the center of the store.

Another standout is an eye-catching, oversized neon sign created by graffiti artist Faust, featuring a quote from Tiffany founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, “Beautiful design makes a beautiful life.”  

“Each element of the store is designed to be captivating and unexpected, yet inviting and evocative of the brand’s rich heritage,” the press release stated.  “Tiffany’s signature etched wheat-leaf motif is seen throughout, while radial marble floors meet large marble fluted columns that rise up to the grand 14-foot ceilings. To round out the store’s design, custom artwork was created exclusive for this location.” 

Tiffany flag brooch, set with sapphires, rubies, gold, platinum & diamonds. First official American flag established June 14, 1777. (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Tiffany flag brooch, set with sapphires, rubies, gold, platinum & diamonds. First official American flag established June 14, 1777.

Visitors will find a mix of Tiffany’s new designs as well as its classic collections.  This includes the new Tiffany Paper Flowers™ and Tiffany True collections. Visitors also will see new in-store personalization offerings, ranging from tags and pendants to home and accessories items.

Customers will discover new interpretations of Tiffany T, Tiffany HardWear, Everyday Objects, Tiffany Victoria®, Tiffany Bow and Tiffany Infinity—iconic collections reimagined to be worn alone or in multiples. Beauty also will shine in the bejeweled masterpieces of Jean Schlumberger, sculptural jewelry of Elsa Peretti and the colorful collections of Paloma Picasso

Besides jewelry, the store will feature the Home & Accessories collection — Tiffany’s take on modern life where creativity and wit collide with the finest materials


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So Many Slices of Global Culture Under One Roof

December 9, 2018

Mayor Muriel Bowser officially proclaimed Winternational Day as more than 50 embassies showed off their cultures with food, handcrafts and beverages at the Ronald Reagan Building and World Trade Center on Thursday.

Banner (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Banner

The ground floor was jam-packed with exhibits and people speaking a host of languages.

Over 3,500 guests – the event was free to the public – crowded into the huge space to buy, chat and explore the individual tables laden with goods, mostly handmade from countries across the globe.

Proclamation presentation by Lauren Vaughan to John P. Drew (left), Andrew Gelfuso, VP of Global Business Development for TCMA, & director of the World Trade Center; and (far right) Ambassador Sean Lawler (Photo by: Winternational) Proclamation presentation by Lauren Vaughan to John P. Drew (left), Andrew Gelfuso, VP of Global Business Development for TCMA, & director of the World Trade Center; and (far right) Ambassador Sean Lawler

Scarves over there.  Necklaces that way. Candles to the right. Jewelry right, left & center. Sculptures in the mix.  Cuisine everywhere.

In quoting the proclamation, Lauren C. Vaughan, secretary of the District of Colombia, said: “…the World Trade Center serves as a platform to build connections, foster diplomacy, grow businesses and create a more prosperous US and Global Economy.”

Assembled ambassadors & Speakers (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Assembled ambassadors & Speakers

Also hobnobbing to build international bridges at a special ambassadors’ reception upstairs were Sean P. Lawler, Chief of Protocol at the US State Department and Patricia Elwood, DC Protocol and International Affairs Officer.  

“Only at the Winternational can you experience the heritage and traditions of all these countries under one roof,” observed John P. Drew president and CEO of presenting sponsor Trade Center Management Associates.  TCMA is a Drew Company.

A dress of wonders (Photo by: TCMA) A dress of wonders

Participating embassies and nation groups included Afghanistan, African Union Mission, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, European Union Delegation, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Kenya on Display (Photo by: TCMA) Kenya on Display

Helping to coordinate the 7th annual embassy showcase were Jan DuPlain, embassy liaison at the World Trade Center, and Golnaz Feiz, senior sales manager for sales and event planning, TCMA.

Cultural sales (Photo by: TCMA) Cultural sales

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