Let’s just say we are closing the gap. We wrote of Thursday night and Friday day and evening which are the #WHCD activities leading up to the big night on Saturday, but let’s skip for a moment if you will, the rainy blustery, chilly black tie evening and head into calmer, sunnier skies aka “The Brunches”.
First, we return to the beautiful, luxurious and stately Hay-Adams rooftop, walking in right at 1030am on the dot, as the early bird gets the best views and a spot at a high boy table.Â We are welcomed at the entrance with smiling young ladies who pleasantly check off our names and direct us on to enjoy ourselves. As we pass through, we cannot help but graciously take a mimosa from the butler held tray.Â After all, one does need her vitamin C after such a long activity-filled weekend.Â The entire space is utilized in a comfortable, civilized setting, naturally lit with the morning sun via the open doors leading out to the balcony.Â Jason and I look at each other. This is more like it, we nod in agreement.
Soon, the guests, dressed in appropriate Sunday #WHCD weekend brunch attire float in, glancing around for Mr. John McLaughlin of The McLaughlin Group and Mr. Stephen Adler, Editor in Chief of Reuters News, our hosts for the day.Â Knowing there will be other VIPs mixing and mingling among the approximately 600 guests that will walk in and out during the course of 5 1/2 hours, we keep a keen eye out for a glimpse of those invited like Piers Morgan, Wolf Blitzer (anchor of CNNâ€™s â€œThe Situation Roomâ€), Christiane Amanpour of ABC News, Eliot Spitzer (host of “Viewpoint”), Arianna Huffington, Senator Roy Blunt, Ron Kaufman (Mitt Romney adviser), Ronald Kirk (U.S. Trade Representative), Lieutenant General Douglas Lute (Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan), and Darren Star creator of “Sex and the City”.Â After all, Reuters White House correspondent Caren Bohan is the White House Correspondentsâ€™ Association President, so we know there will be plenty of heavy hitters.
Quickly the room fills up and we spot FNC’s Doug McKelway, WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, Pat Buchanan, media mogul Mort Zuckerman, art collectors/lobbyists husband and wife Tony and Heather Podesta, Julie Chen of CBS’s “The Talk” with husband head of CBS Les Moonves, and more.Â Mr. McLaughlin himself enters smiling and donning a sporty look in a brown leather jacket.Â He and Mr. Adler converse with attendees and kindly allow for photo opps.
Known as a venue to put on your “wish list” as a guest post-Dinner for years and years and years, this “morning after” event was as always, a pleasant, low-key way to spend the day amongst friends, good food and drink and a few of the most powerful people in media and business.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.