Updated: Alfalfa Club's annual dinner draws group's president, Mark Warner, but no Obama
Our colleagues at The Reliable Source reported this weekend on the "consummate insiders' insider gathering, the Alfalfa Club, held its annual off-the-record (but always leaky) black-tie dinner at the Capital Hilton on Saturday."
Virginia had at least two prominent guests at the dinner: Sen. Mark Warner, was the group's president until Saturday when he handed over the gavel to former justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Gov. Bob McDonnell was also in attendance.
Here's the report from The Reliable Source:
Cal Ripken, Bob Johnson and Dan Snyder rubbing elbows with the likes of Colin Powell, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Alan Greenspan and Madeleine Albright. And this year an unusually large coterie of Bushes -- 41 and 43, his first dinner since leaving Washington, joined by siblings Doro, Jeb and Marvin. Joked Warner to the elder ex-prez and Barbara Bush: "Couldn't find a sitter?"
Warner followed with the obligatory John Boehner joke (handing him a box of Kleenex), Chilean miner joke ("What in the hell is this country coming to when we have to outsource our inspirational moments?") and Rahm Emanuel joke. (Residency problems? "President Obama told him, 'Maybe if you showed them your birth certificate.' ") Honoree of the night: Sen. Lamar Alexander, who accepted the club's annual gag nomination for president by playing a couple of tunes on the piano. And Bill Daley, standing in for Obama with another Rahm riff: finally, a chief of staff who can address a crowd without a seven-second delay, haha.
Read the full report here.
This post has been updated.
| January 31, 2011; 5:48 PM ET
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