Saturday, March 19, 2011

White Ties, But Off-the-Cuff

Photo by Neshan Naltchayan

This year marks the first time that President Obama has participated in the best dinner party in town, having missed it for the first two years of his presidency. That means that now Grover Cleveland has recovered his title -- he's once again the only president since 1885 not to speak at the annual Gridiron Club’s Annual White Tie Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel.

Kudos to Obama, because it never hurts to play well with the press.

This does not mean that everything went smoothly.  A major kerfuffle between excluded media and the organization brewed behind the scenes, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb had requested to cover the event live and was denied. Link to full story: