He may not be a public servant, but he plays one on TV, so it was only fitting that House of Cards’ Michael Kelly would be a co-host, along with Weekend Today show anchor Stephanie Ruhle, of the 15th annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Awards, aka the Sammies. We say fitting because the awards honor real-life federal employees, and television shows provide a completely realistic picture of what public servants do in real life.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, there to deliver remarks, agrees, telling Kelly at the Tuesday night ceremony:
“Michael, a particular thanks to you for making my job seem so… interesting. Another great season of House of Cards. We can’t wait to see how your election turns out.”
“Thank you. I can’t wait to see how yours ends. I mean,” says Kelly, whose role as fictional WH chief of staff Doug Stamper tends toward the Machiavellian. “No spoilers though, please.”
“Speaking of spoilers,” responds McDonough, “there are a couple of potential problems you could perhaps help me address, if you know what I mean.”
“Don’t worry,” says Kelly, “I know someone. I’ll be right back,” he says, exiting the stage.
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) September 21, 2016
For the list of winners and honorees, go here.