Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Day in DC

For those who have absolutely no interest in my activities in the capital of the free world, feel free to scroll down. I spent Saturday and part of Sunday with some old friends Mark & Jane Milosch who live in Silver Spring. I worked with Mark when he was an intern in the Commons in 1986 and we have remained friends ever since. It's good to pick up with someone you haven't seen for ages, and you feel totally at ease with them. Last night I arrived at my hotel to find their car park closed for 'emergency repairs'. Why does it always happen to me?

Today I eventually found a copy shop which could make 1000 DVDs of our WORLD WITHOUT AMERICA advert, which we'll be distributing at a conference later in the week. It was then off for a talk at the Heritage Foundation with Andrew Roberts, followed by lunch. It was good to meet Fred Barnes from the Weekly Standard. He used to be on the McLaughlin Group, which was a high impact political talk show hosted by the veteran John McLaughlin with two right of centre journos and two from the left. Fred's spats with Newsweek's Eleanor Cliff were a sight to behold. Also at the lunch was someone from the White House who knew all about our advert.

This afternoon we visited the Leadership Institute in Arlington, where we'll be recording some interviews for 18 Doughty Street on Wednesday with various Washington based politicos. And tonight, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Anyone who has been to one of these restaurants will tell you that the portions are so huge that there is rarely room for any cheesecake. I'm about to go to bed and I feel totally obese... No change there, then.

Tomorrow I'm off to the State Department to meet my friend Colleen Graffy who used to be chairman of Republicans Abroad in London, but who is now Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Bush Administration. Later in the day I've got a tour of the Library of Congress, after which I will be attending the Henry Kissinger Lecture, which is being delivered this year by former Secretary of State James Baker.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are the first and second stories in any way connected?

Anonymous said...

Iain,
We know you do anything to get on Cameron's good side, but "a day in DC" is really taking it too far.

PSJ said...

The Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster and Outback Steakhouse are three of the best American chains. I wish there were more of them in England. But as you say, you can put on two pounds at one meal there unless you watch yourself.

Anonymous said...

See DC has a new video out!We have had dave rides a bike followed by dave drives a bus and yesterday Hilton productions released the new video dave drives a launch.
See DD was acting as minder again-good move steve.

Anonymous said...

World in America? Do you mean World without America?

Anonymous said...

Jeepers Ian - this is stretching your blog vanity a little huh..

I mean I know you are terribly important and everything but the combination of self-importance hidden in self-deprication makes for a very uncomfortable read.

Please make your blog more punchy and less narcissistic. I used to read it all the time

Adam said...

You chaps should perhaps take his advice and, hmmm, not read the rest of the post if you're not interested.

achilles said...

When are you making the "World without Blair" video?

But seriously, what was the point of that WWA video?

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

"This afternoon we visited the Leadership Institute in Arlington"

- and you wonder that people are saying your a CIA front!

Anonymous said...

"front"?

Voyager said...

I like Colleen Graffy.....

Why don;t you visit the Smithsonian or the National Gallery ?

Old Dominion Tory said...

Well done, Iain. I lived in DC for seven years, toiling at the very bottom of the political food chain. However, I always enjoyed the city and the many interesting events that the political-minded can attend, often for free.
If you like Italian food, Iain, try "Trattu" on Thomas Jefferson Place, NW, off Connecticut Avenue a little south of Dupont Circle.

Adam said...

Bah. If you're near Dupont Circle, go to the Big Hunt and get wasted on cheap beer, instead.

Yak40 said...

Have a great trip but don't fall into the trap of thinking the rest of the country shares the opinions of the DC social circuit !