June 15, 2012
The infamous royal dance faux pas at a bicentennial state dinner on July 7, 1976, when President Ford and Queen Elizabeth II took to the dance floor, was briefly mentioned, once again, in The Post's June 7 Reliable Source feature, "The White House party brigade. " This famous gaffe has been reported and retold from the initial Associated Press wire story the day after the state dinner to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. " A simple Web search finds more than 25 referrals to this anecdote that's guaranteed to get a...
March 20, 2012
While reading the Style article about the celebrity-studded state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron [" Dining with friends ," March 15], I was struck by the idea that the White House should invite an average citizen to each of the dinners. No celebrity should be above other U.S. citizens when it comes to getting an invitation to a White House dinner honoring a foreign dignitary. Who better to be included than one (or two) of us ordinary folks. The choice could be made by lottery, with proof of citizenship (and...
March 16, 2012 |
A good way to close out a hectic week in Washington: Orchestrate your own arrest. For a good cause, of course. On Friday morning, George Clooney was led away from the Sudanese Embassy wearing a pair of plastic handcuffs, having participated in an act of planned civil disobedience to protest the nation's president, Omar al-Bashir, and his government's blockade of food and humanitarian aid to people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Backed by a rogues' gallery of do-gooders — including his father, Nick, civil rights scion Martin...
March 14, 2012 |
The British arrived. Brilliant! For the British, we roll out our most glorious specimen. For the British, we bring out The Clooney. The purpose of a state dinner is always to cement relationships, celebrate ties , create photo-ops. But diplomatic canoodling reaches a treacly pinnacle when the guests in question are our special friends from across the Pond — as they were at Wednesday's White House party. The U.K. was in top form, whispering sweet nothings with clipped consonants.
March 14, 2012 |
On some other official visits , protocol has required Michelle Obama to stand beside some other visiting spouse, with the hostess a full foot taller and a generation younger than her guest. This time, equality is evident. Both the first lady and her British guest, Samantha Cameron, wore long gowns. Obama's was a deep teal, open-necked, floor-length number by British-born Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, who attended with her husband, Harvey Weinstein. And Cameron...
November 2, 2011 |
We're about to get new yuks from Kal Penn and John Cho in the stoner-meets-Santa movie "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas," the third installment in the H&K franchise opening Friday. Penn, 34, and Cho, 39, are both adopted Washington VIPs of sorts: Penn went back to acting in July after working stints in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Cho went to the Oct. 13 state dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. During a recent visit to Washington, they chatted about the 3-D medium,...