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From: Judy Kurtz [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 08:27 PM
To: Donohue, Kelsey
Subject: Booksellers pool report #3
Arrivals in Booksellers for the Japan state dinner began at 6:35 p.m.
Guests passed by four oversized vases filled with large purple and
white flower arrangements as musicians in nearby hallways played
Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) and his wife were the first guests to be announced.
"We probably had to travel the farthest to be here," Ige said.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred arrived holding
hands with his wife, Colleen. Your pooler asked about Wednesday's
Baltimore Orioles home game against the Chicago White Sox that will be
closed to the public due to rioting there. "We made a series of
decisions based on safety concerns in Baltimore. I think the two
clubs, both Baltimore and Chicago, were great, very cooperative in
moving through a very difficult situation."
"Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes breezed past press, but stopped
briefly to answer a question on her chopstick skills: "So-so."
Russell Wilson and singer Ciara walked by, passing the press area, but
quickly returned. "I didn't know this was the red carpet," Wilson said
with a grin, before the pair posed for photographers. Asked where his
grandmother was — who the Seattle Seahawks player brought as his date
to Saturday's White House Correspondent's Association dinner in
Washington — Wilson said, "She's back in Virginia."
"Star Trek" actor George Takei told reporters he wouldn't have any
trouble handling his state dinner meal, saying, "I grew up with
chopsticks." But he said his husband, Brad Takei, was "not very good
"Is that considered really exotic for the White House?" Brad Takei,
asking about using chopsticks, inquired with journalists there. "It
doesn't really seem like that big of a deal."
Outgoing White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard strolled by in a
tuxedo with his hands in his pockets. Asked if he's feeling nostalgic
about his final state dinner, Bernard replied, "I will feel nostalgic
- probably around 11 o'clock."
Former Vice President Walter Mondale guessed that this was his 30th
state dinner. "As vice president, I had to go," he smiled.
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said he "lost
count" of the number of state dinners he's attended, but said, "This
is an important one." As far as his chopstick abilities, Daschle
called them "fantastic."
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) quipped to journalists as he entered with his
spouse, "I'm Orrin Hatch, and this is my wife."
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) said in response to the go-to question about
using chopsticks, "It's going to be challenging tonight."
"I always play it safe. I'll try to be a double threat," Wyden said,
indicating he would use both a fork and chopsticks. The lawmaker
commented on the trade agreement mostly out of earshot of your pooler,
but said, "We've got a long way to go."
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) arrived with his son,
Connor, a junior at Georgetown University, who "just turned 21,"
according to his dad. Asked if he could drink sake at the dinner,
Connor McCarthy said, "Oh yeah." His father chimed in, "That's what I
told him. He just turned 21, so first time...He said he didn't want to
The younger McCarthy was then asked if his sister was jealous that he
snagged an invite to the dinner. "Uh, yeah. Don't tell her," he said
Kevin McCarthy said he offered his son a last-minute invite, "I took
him to dinner last night and I said, 'I have this thing at the White
House, do you want to go?'"
"This is his last week of finals," the lawmaker added, "I wanted to
make sure he had all his homework."
Connor expressed confidence in his exam prep: "Yeah, I'm good. I have
an oral exam Friday, but I'm ready."
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