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All Eyes on Obama Insiders

BET's Debra Lee with Sharon Malone at the Kennedy Center Honors brunch at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. (Roxanne Roberts)

Kennedy Centers Honors weekend is all about rubbernecking and schmoozing big stars, and this year was no different -- except that many of the stars were new Obama insiders.

Yesterday's brunch at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, hosted by George and Liz Stevens, is traditionally a informal meet-and-greet for Washington VIPs and the awardees. "Where's George Jones?" asked lobbyist and fan Jim Free. "Other than me, he's the biggest rascal to come out of Nashville."

But Jones, Twyla Tharp and the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey didn't linger long; Barbra Streisand and Morgan Freeman never made it to the brunch. So the crowd -- Nancy Pelosi, Madeleine Albright, Glenn Close, Ethel Kennedy, Michael York, Itzhak Perlman, Alan Greenspan -- descended on such new-administration darlings as Attorney General-designate Eric Holder and wife Sharon Malone, and incoming OMB director (and bachelor) Peter Orszag.
Topics A, B and C? Hot inauguration parties. "No one is talking about Christmas or New Year's Eve," BET's Debra Lee said. "People just want to know what's going on inaugural week."

Ethel Kennedy and Glenn Close at the Kennedy Center Honors brunch. (Roxanne Roberts)

Lee got a jump-start on A-list festivities by hosting Saturday's late-night party at her home for Obama pals Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, Ne-Yo, Gwen Ifill, and Vernon and Ann Jordan; across town, BET network founder Bob Johnson threw an exclusive bash for Freeman at Cafe Milano with Colin Powell, Bill and Janet Cohen, and Ann Walker Marchant.

Pace yourselves, people! We've still got six weeks to go.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 1:06 AM ET
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Why does anyone read this stuff?
Fawning, twittering rubbish that is of no interest to anybody with a brain.

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