Administration Officials to Join 'First Draft of History' Gathering
By Howard Kurtz
Washington is accustomed to seminars and panel discussions -- there are often dozens a day, on a variety of topics -- but invitations are going out today for one that will be among the most gargantuan of its kind.
Two network anchors, a former anchor, two mayors, a governor, a CEO, four top administration officials, four historians and a plethora of pundits will gather at the Newseum for what is being billed as the "First Draft of History." The other major sponsors are the Atlantic and the Aspen Institute.
And while the Oct. 1-2 extravaganza is invitation-only, it's all on the record, meaning some folks are likely to make news. That separates it from some other corporate-sponsored affairs -- such as The Washington Post's since-canceled salon dinners -- which are designed to be off the record. Organizers say the costs are being underwritten by Allstate, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, SAP, Thomson Reuters and UTC.
The media people will do the interviewing. They include Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams, along with Dan Rather, David Gregory, Chris Matthews, Maria Bartiromo, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace and Jim Lehrer. On the print side, Atlantic Editor James Bennet, along with David Brooks, Howard Fineman, Gene Robinson, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne, Jeffrey Goldberg, James Fallows and Michael Kinsley.
They will chat up the likes of Larry Summers, Janet Napolitano, Michael Bloomberg, David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Eric Schmitt, the Google CEO. Sounds like a full-length movie.
Posted at 10:06 AM ET on Aug 31, 2009
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