Obama's Sister Maya Is Early Inaugural Star
It must be in the genes.
Barack Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng got the rock-star treatment --packed room, cellphone cameras hoisted above heads -- at the Asia Society's inaugural reception at the St. Regis Saturday, and she held the spotlight well. Steady gaze, calm resonant voice, nice way with a quip. ("Delighted to be in Washington, other than the cold: I'm a bird of the tropics.")
And soooo smooth: As the Hawaii-based teacher paid tribute to the Asia Society for helping her find grounding as an "untethered" grad student in NYC in the mid-'90s, a purring ring pulsed through the room.
"I think that's my phone," she said, totally unflustered. The delighted crowd urged her to take the call -- "Barack! Barack!" -- but of course she didn't.
We chased her down as she and film-scholar husband Konrad Ng were getting ushered out via the kitchen, rock-star style. Any truth to the rumor you're moving here? "I'm not sure," she said in those mellifluous tones. "It's a beautiful city. I'd love to spend more time here." They could run her for office.
The other big star of the night at a party that drew several members of Congress and a dozen ambassadors: Obama's pick for Secretary of Energy, Berkeley physicist Steven Chu. He couldn't talk, society chairman Richard Holbrooke explained, because "the lawyers told him not to."
Chu broke in. As secretary-designate, not yet a secretary, "I can't speak about policy, but I can tell a joke." So how about that time he called his mother, and said, "Mom, I got the Nobel Prize."
"She said, 'That's wonderful, Steven. When are you going to come see me?' "
Holbrooke interjected: "I didn't know you were Jewish."
Chu: "My mother called later and said, 'Steven, it's true! My neighbors told me it's true!' "
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