Jack survives a roast

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Jack, wife Michele Seiver and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton enjoy one of the roasters
Jack, wife Michele Seiver and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton enjoy one of the roasters

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, who is not shy about reminding his colleagues on the Council, or anybody else, that he’s the longest serving member of that body, reached a new level of public recognition on Wednesday night with a Roast & Toast by some of his erstwhile closest and dearest friends.  No, it wasn’t a step in public rehab, à la Charlie Sheen, just an acknowledgment that even though he’s been around so very long, he still does have some people from whom he take a joke – and dish it out and all for a good cause or two.

The smiles, chuckles and laughter filled the ballroom of the 4 Season Hotel in  Georgetown, all for the benefit the Friends of Hexagon and the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Former Rep. Tom Davis looks on as NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood reacts to something in the script (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Rep. Tom Davis looks on as NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood reacts to something in the script

Some of the better zingers:

--from former VirginiaCongressman Tom Davis: “Jack is often compared to vice presidents of the United States because nobody knows what either one does.”

GU VP Linda Greenan shows people's reaction when Jack sang Mack the Knife at the beach-bar years ago. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) GU VP Linda Greenan shows people's reaction when Jack sang Mack the Knife at the beach-bar years ago.

--from Linda Greenan, VP at Georgetown University:  She was in a group beach house with Jack at Dewey Beach many years ago and they would go to the Bottle & Cork and Jack would sing his version of Mack the Knife (known as 'Jack the Knife') which was the cue for “everybody to rush to their tables to get cocktail napkins” to stuff in their ears.

--from NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood, the dean of local journalists:  When Jack says he’s “‘longest serving’ it sounds like a prison sentence; that word [sentence] makes [D.C. Councilmember] Tommy Thomas nervous.”

--from WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin: He called Jack’s law firm, Patton Boggs, and spoke to the managing partner and asked: “What does Jack do? At first there was deafening silence, then gales of laughter.”  Then Plotkin quoted President Eisenhower, who when asked the same question about then-Vice President Richard Nixon, said:  “If you give me a week, I’ll get back to you.”

WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin makes an important point with his Jack Evans bobblehead. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin makes an important point with his Jack Evans bobblehead.

The response by Jack himself, included: “I can stand here and be funny but I don’t want to change the format.”  Regarding Linda Greenan: “She has a hard job,” particularly when GU President John DeGioia tells her she’s going to have to call local leaders to tell them GU is renaming Burleith the “North Dormitory.”  Regarding Tom Sherwood: “’Dean’ means you’re old and going nowhere.”  Regarding Mark Plotkin: “I still get hate mail’ from women I fixed you up with. And Tom Davis is so ubiquitous on the speaking circuit that ‘RSVP’ is his middle initial.

The roast was presented by the Friends of Hexagon and the Georgetown Business Association. Roasters, roastee and guests enjoyed wine and cheese and delicious Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres afterwards.

The roasters and the roastee: Mark Plotkin, Jack, Eleanor Holmes Norton (front) Tom Sherwood (back), Tom Davis and Linda Greenan (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The roasters and the roastee: Mark Plotkin, Jack, Eleanor Holmes Norton (front) Tom Sherwood (back), Tom Davis and Linda Greenan

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LongTimeRez

He called Jack’s law firm, Patton Boggs, and spoke to the managing partner and asked: “What does Jack do? At first there was deafening silence, then gales of laughter.”

The joke's on Ward 2 residents... apparently they are too rich to care.

Paul Bowers

oh give it a rest, will ya?

my life and i have lived in Ward 2 for 30 years and we are anything but rich. we are proud to have jack as our councilmember.

the real joke is on you, a blog bully who can't even use his (or her) real name.

Trouble Helmsley

Was Leroy Thorpe there ?

CCCA Prez

Any other black people there aside from EHN? Seems like you had to run her pic twice (with EHN front and center) to make the even seem more diverse -- much like GOP campaign events.

CCCA Prez

@ Trouble Helmsley

Sshhh... Jack and TheDish have been on the downlow with TheClown, not to be mentioned or mixed in polite company or with wifey present.

LongTimeRez

LOLOL... good question, Helmsley. Now that Jack has excised Shaw from Ward 2, Leroy will be someone else's problem.

And, Mr. Bowers, if pointing out Evans' improper use of his position on the council to enrich himself, his political supporters and his Patton-Boggs employer and its clients is "bullying" then I plead guilty.

Just a few examples: Evans' 11-year control over JackPAC, triple-dipping with constituent funds, questionable developer deals w/public property, conflicts of interest with PattonBoggs clients (Marriott, NorthrupGrumman, Convention Ctr, Baseball Stadium, etc) and $100 mil-plus gone missing from DC coffers since he has headed up Finance & Revenue committee.

It is certainly your prerogative to be proud to have Mr. Evans as your representative, just as it is my prerogative as a DC resident to point out Evans' myriad conflicts of interest that remain unresolved as he runs for another four-year stint.

Longertimerez

LongtimeRez,

Really give it a rest.
Jack's done a great job for Ward 2, rich, middle income and poor alike.
This roast was to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Are you so mean spirited that you have to turn on Jack even as he's trying to help our programs like the Wounded Warriors?
Surely you have something better to do.

Longer Time Resident

LongTimeRez

@Longertimerez-

It's your prerogative (along with Mr. Bowers or any other DC resident) to have any opinion you want of Evans' representation on the Council, just as it is mine. That's why it's called public service.

No amount of name-calling, rhetorical distraction or sarcasm on your part changes that fact. If you don't like what I'm writing here, then don't read it. "Surely you have something better to do."

PS: I have very close family in the military and, while Evans' support of "Wounded Warriors" is commendable and I appreciate it, it does not remotely address questions about his conduct in office.

Anonymous

@longertimerez,

Disgusting. Reprehensible. Better to let Evans' actions speak for themselves than drag a veterans cause into a well-understood cesspool in order to defend a $400,000 a year man who surely can speak for himself, if he chooses.