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WL ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR THE 2007 A-LIST

Call it the Big Whoosh: the air that seems to fill the room (or empty it) when an Important Someone enters it. It's the "frisson" - French for shiver, shudder, thrill - that accompanies a person who appears larger than life, whatever their size. It's the heart-stopping sensation spectators feel when a previously humdrum space comes alive with heightened expectation. Surprisingly, not all major politicos or highranking officials could be described this way, although people of power do have a certain advantage. It's arguable, but the present Mr. Bush seems more memorable for his joviality than for his ability to convey confidence and intrigue. Former President Clinton still sends sparks flying. Sen. Barack Obama most definitely makes waves even before he opens his mouth. Handsomeness and beauty aren't enough, and, at least in Washington, great wealth alone doesn't turn heads as it did in the days of Paul Mellon and Marjorie Merriweather Post. Celebrity doesn't always convey the effect even with the contribution of skilled stylists and hairdressers. Perhaps the quality sought, or found, in these public faces is the suggestion of their importance in the history of our time. Their presence is a bellwether. Any A-list thus will include people with their pulse on the moment and possibly the future as well. A White House chief of staff, a farseeing philanthropist, an ambassador whose country is aligned with our own are apt to turn heads. Such a relatively short alphabetical compilation must take into consideration the shifting winds of the political spectrum, so that the "ins" will include some personages come to life in recent elections. The "outs" may be only temporarily retired. This is, after all, a town where comebacks are almost as commonplace as rising and falling stars.

Ann Geracimos

 

  • The President of the United States George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
  • The Vice President of the United States and Mrs. Richard B. Cheney (Lynne)
  • His Excellency the Ambassador of Kuwait Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Sheika Al-Sabah (Rima)
  • The Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and Mrs. Ben S. Bernanke (Anna)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. James H. Billington (Marjorie)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Bradlee (Sally Quinn)
  • Mr. Joshua B. Bolten
  • Mr. and Mrs. David G. Bradley (Katherine)
  • Justice and Mrs. Stephen G. Breyer (Joanna)
  • Mr. and Mrs. William N. Cafritz (Buffy)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven B. Case (Jean)
  • His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Giovanni Castellaneta (Leila)
  • Mrs. Robert H. Charles (Oatsie)
  • The Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and Senator A. Mitchell McConell
  • The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leo Daly (Grega)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. John J. Danilovich (Irene)
  • Representative and Mrs. John D. Dingell (Debbie)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Placido Domingo (Marta)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Duvall (Luciana Pedraza)
  • Representative and Mrs. Rahm Emanuel (Amy)
  • The Honorable Adrian M. Fenty, Mayor of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Fenty (Michelle)
  • Mrs. Nancy McElroy Folger (Bitsey)
  • The Secretary of Defense and Mrs. Robert M. Gates (Becky)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe J. Gibbs (Melissa)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Daniel R. Glickman (Rhoda)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Graham (Mary)
  • Senator and Mrs. Charles T. Hagel (Lilibet)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher E. Hitchens (Carol Blue)
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Hoagland (Jane Stanton Hitchcock)
  • Mr. Robert L. Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Jordan. Jr. (Ann)
  • Senator and Mrs. Edward M. Kennedy (Vicky)
  • Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy (Ethel)
  • Senator and Mrs. John F. Kerry (Teresa Heinz)
  • Mr. James V. Kimsey
  • Ms. Polly Kraft
  • Mr. and Mrs. James C. Lehrer (Kate)
  • His Excellency the Ambassador of France and Mrs. Jean-David Levitte (Marie-Cecile)
  • His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
  • Northern Ireland Sir David G. Manning and Lady Manning (Catherine)
  • The Secretary of the Treasury and Mrs. Henry M. Paulson. Jr. (Wendy)
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Willard Marriott. Jr. (Donna)
  • Ms. Jacqueline Badger Mars
  • Mr. John F. Mars
  • Senator and Mrs. John S. McCain. III (Cindy)
  • His Eminence Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
  • The Honorable and Mrs. John D. Negroponte (Diana)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. William T. Newman. Jr. (Sheila Johnson)
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein of Jordan
  • Senator and Mrs. Barack H. Obama (Michelle)
  • The Honorable Mary M. Ourisman and Mr. Mandell J. Ourisman
  • General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Pace (Lynne)
  • The Speaker of the House Representative Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Paul Pelosi
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. Podesta (Mary)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Colin L. Powell (Alma)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Powell. III (Nancy)
  • Senator and Mrs. Harry M. Reid (Landra)
  • Chief Justice and Mrs. John G. Roberts. Jr. (Jane)
  • The Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Mr. Joseph E. Robert. Jr.
  • Senator and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller. IV (Sharon Percy)
  • The Honorable Selwa S. "Lucky" Roosevelt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Karl C. Rove (Darby)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Russert. Jr. (Maureen Orth)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sant (Victoria)
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul. II (Tricia)
  • Justice and Mrs. Antonin Scalia (Maureen)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. R. Sargent Shriver. Jr. (Eunice Kennedy)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Lawrence M. Small (Sandra)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Snyder (Tanya)
  • Mr. and Mrs. George R. Stephanopoulos (Alexandra Wentworth)
  • Mr. and Mrs. George C. Stevens Jr. (Liz)
  • His Excellency the Ambassador of Russia and Mrs. Yuri Ushakov (Svetlana)
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Mark R. Warner (Lisa Collis)
  • The Honorable Paul D. Wolfowitz
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woodward (Elsa Walsh)

 

 

 

The Red Carpet
The Red Carpet

 

George Stevens Jr. Buffy and Bill Cafritz
George Stevens Jr.
Buffy and Bill Cafritz

 

Bill Clinton Sen. Chuck Hagel
Bill Clinton
Sen. Chuck Hagel

 

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

 

Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta Colin Powell
Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta
Colin Powell

 

Michelle Fenty and Mayor Adrian Fenti Grega Daly
Michelle Fenty and Mayor Adrian Fenty
Grega Daly

 

Jim Kimsey Joe Robert, Jr.
Jim Kimsey
Joe Robert Jr.

 

John and Irene Danilovich Ann and Vernon Jordan
John and Irene Danilovich
Ann and Vernon Jordan

 

Katherine Bradley Leila Castellaneta and First Lady Laura Bush
Katherine Bradley
Leila Castellaneta and First Lady Laura Bush

 

Mary Ourisman Sen. Mitch McConell and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Mary Ourisman
Sen. Mitch McConell and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao

 

John and Diana Negroponte Rep. Nancy Pelosi
John and Diana Negroponte
Rep. Nancy Pelosi

 

Placido Domingo and Lucky Roosevelt Queen Noor (lfet)
Placido Domingo and Lucky Roosevelt
Queen Noor

 

President George W. Bush Rhoda and Dan Glickman
President George W. Bush
Rhoda and Dan Glickman

 

Rima Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah Roger and Vicki Sant
Rima Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah
Roger and Vicki Sant

 

Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov Svetlana Ushakov
Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov
Svetlana Ushakov

 

Debbie Dingell and Rep. John Dingell General Peter and Lynn Pace
Debbie Dingell and Rep. John Dingell
General Peter and Lynn Pace

 

Tim Russert Christopher Hitchens
Tim Russert
Christopher Hitchens

 

Sally Quinn Sen. John McCain
Sally Quinn
Sen. John McCain

 

Victoria Kennedy Paul Wolfowitz
Victoria Kennedy
Paul Wolfowitz

 

Jacqueline Badger Mars Sen. Ted Kennedy
Jacqueline Badger Mars
Sen. Ted Kennedy



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