*Photos by ImageLink for The Week.
The Week hosted its 8th annual Opinion Awards at the W Hotel last night. Held to celebrate the year’s top opinion writers, the event boasted a potent dose of press and political power.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory emceed the event honoring The Week‘s Cartoonist of the Year Tom Toles of WaPo, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan who won Columnist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, the voice behind TheMonkeyCage.org. Mixing with The Week’s winners were guests like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” WaPo‘s Roxanne Roberts, Debbie Dingell, Diane Danner, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Grover Norquist, Gene Robinson, Terry McAuliffe, Robin and Austan Goolsbee and Margaret Carlson. Representing The Week were EIC Bill Falk, Publisher Steven Kotok and Jessica Sibley.
But the evening’s most interesting “guest” may have been His Excellency Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas – you remember good old Nelson Lewis, right? The 26-year-old Fox News and “Laura Ingraham Show” alum who was exposed late last year for impersonating a Bahamian diplomat, Rolling Stone writer and Rep. Jack Kingston, somehow managed to make his way into a picture with Roxanne Roberts and John Sides (check it out in the slide show above). Organizers confirmed that His Excellency was not on the guest list and therefore did not attend the dinner. But that didn’t stop him from mingling on the rooftop terrace after the event. One guest recalls hearing Lewis tell another party-goer that he works for PBS. Perhaps he’s taking over Newshour for Jim Lehrer?