Washington Diplomat-Qorvis Celebrate

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The Qorvis Team
The Qorvis Team

“Thank you Ambassador. I go to a lot of embassies,” said Victor Shiblie, Publisher of The Washington Diplomat. “In Japan they bow to you; in the Middle East they give you a kiss on both cheeks; Ambassador Santos is not afraid to give you a hug. We appreciate that. Ambassador Santos and Ms. Maria, thank you for hosting The Washington Diplomat 25th anniversary party. We really appreciate it. Some of you may not know, Ambassador Santos is not only a politician but he’s also a journalist and strong advocate for free press and that passion led him to be actually kidnapped my Pablo Escobar for eight months. So you’re really a hero to journalism and I want to applaud you, so thank you.”

“So how do you wrap up 25 years in 90 seconds? I know everybody want’s to eat, and drink, and dance. We started publishing in October, 1994 while Bill Clinton was president and the ensued Washington impeachment trial. We covered development of the newly developed Soviet Satellite States. We watched the evolution of the European Union. We wrote about the negotiations of free trade agreements world-wide. We covered the continued rise of China as a superpower. Sadly too many wars: Balkan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Libya, Syria, Yemen. And of course Columbia’s hard fought war against drug cartels; FARC rebels just to name a few. We dealt with the tragedy of 9/11; saw how president W. Bush and subsequent administrations have dealt with foreign terror; we’ve covered the elections of America’s first black president, Barack Obama. And perhaps the most intriguing president making history Donald Trump, who we can all agree has at least has kept us on our toes. And we absolutely have come full circle back to the impeachment trials. This has been an amazing journey. We’re proud that you’re still producing unbiased journalism, which is unique. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a party. Merry Christmas, I think Feliz Navidad is more appropriate. Happy New Year’s, so please enjoy, thank you.”