Overheard at the British Embassy book party last night for former Chief of Protocol and Amb. of Hungary Nancy Brinker’s book, Promise Me, a heartfelt rendering about her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer: “Would it be wrong to smoke at a cancer party?”
A small group of journos attended the event including Roll Call‘s HOH duo Elizabeth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Politico‘s Karin Tanabe (with whom Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood said he had a “cute” interview), WTOP’s Bob Madigan and The Hill‘s gossip scribe and Washington Scene Blogger Christina Wilkie. LaHood treated some reporters to candidly entertaining thoughts on a host of topics that included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel‘s chances at becoming Chicago mayor and whether Republicans will take the House come November. They were, however, off the record.
An unfortunate overabundance of tiger and zebra print attire infested the room. Laura Bush arrived late in a more calming but sophisticated fuchsia top and dark gray trousers.
No one was spotted smoking at the party – even outside in the misting rain on the exquisite patio facing beautiful gardens popping with flowers. The cigarette remark was not made by a journalist.