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,...
October 21, 2011
I was surprised and disappointed about how little hard-news coverage The Post gave to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's state visit to the United States . A picture of him with President Obama should have appeared on your front page. Lee participated in various activities while in Washington, including speaking on Capitol Hill. None of these activities were covered except the state dinner; you seemed to be more focused on style and formal clothing. South Korea has been a strong ally and...