16th & U: People Watching on MLK Day


mlk 1.jpgFirst of all, it’s important to remember that today is Martin Luther King day — a “day on” rather than a “day off” as Barack Obama said in commemorating remarks this morning. I’ve been putting some stuff together on a number of topics this morning, sitting at a very small Starbucks at the corner of 16th & U on the edge of Dupont, Adams Morgan, and Logan.
In a short bit, I’m posting something that a regular reader of TWN wrote to commemorate the day — and also sharing some material on Haiti (as this is the week a year ago when Haiti’s horrors became even more horrific), on Richard Holbrooke’s memorial service, and on Tom Donilon’s National Security Council. I might get into China too — but we’ll see.
But sitting in this little joint, there’s been quite an impressive roster of customers who have worked their way through the line as I worked away in the corner. CNN’s State Department correspondent Elise Labott came by and chatted. We spotted and chatted with Obama team wunderkinder Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau. Josh Marcuse, President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, also rushed through on the way to his real job.
Another person who came by was liberal activist and Tweezerman founder Dal LaMagna, author of Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets it Right.
Not only is this an unlikely spot to see DC’s power crowd, it’s kind of tilted towards the foreign policy sort. I’ll have to work on orchestrating some kind of accidental latte encounter between Netanyahu’s and Abu Mazen’s people here, maybe to get a Middle East stabilizing “16th & U Pact” going. I know, unlikely.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons


7 comments on “16th & U: People Watching on MLK Day

  1. nadine says:

    I wonder if unrest would lead to a Jordanian civil war between Bedouin and Palestinian-Jordanians.


  2. Paul Norheim says:

    From the Jerusalem Post this evening:
    ‘King Abdullah is very nervous’ about Jordanian opposition
    01/17/2011 20:18
    Opposition groups plan to increase anti-government activity;
    monarch reportedly set up “special operations room” to prevent
    anarchy in Jordan.


  3. Neo Controll says:

    Fuller follow up reported in the liberal blogosphere, TPM to be exact, you necrophyte. I might just say an intemperate thing or two if I’d been shot because of 2nd amendment fetishists, eliminationists and teabaggers.


  4. nadine says:

    Hi Wigwag, did you notice the Eric Fuller saga? Fuller is a Democratic political operative who was wounded in the Tuscon shooting. Last Thursday, he gave an interview blaming Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sharon Angle for the shooting. By last Friday, he was a hero of the Left. But on Sunday, Fuller made death threats against a Tea Party member – live on ABC TV – and was arrested and involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation.
    Well, lookee here, we do have a political operative who actually seems to have been driven around the bend by extreme political rhetoric. Unfortunately for the Left, he’s one of theirs. So, how did MSNBC cover it today? Ans: They didn’t. Eric Fuller has gone from hero to zero over the course of the weekend. He is now unmentionable.
    One blogger watched Morning Joe from the beginning: “Now I


  5. WigWag says:

    Yes, the Duvaliers (Papa Doc and Baby Doc) and their paramilitary force, the Tonton Macoute, were like an earthquake before the earthquake. Haiti really never recovered from the criminality with which they ran the country and despite all the promise, the now exiled first democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, wasn’t able to rescue Haiti. It’s a sad irony that Baby Doc is back in Haiti while Aristide languishes in South Africa.
    The Haitian people are truly wonderful; warm and full of joie de vive.
    Some Haitian friends of mine recently took me to a concert of the most famous zouk group from Haiti, Tabou Combo. I was twice or three times the age of everyone else there but I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, the music or the audience. Zouk and compa are the national musical genres of Haiti; what a wonderful musical tradition!
    Tabou Combo tours in South Florida quite often and I am hoping to see them again someday. More information on this band (which is known by every Haitian) can be found here,
    In the meantime, I will pray that Baby Doc is not restored to power.


  6. Steve Clemons says:

    Thanks for posting the Baby Doc item Wig. Like the Haitians didn’t have enough to deal with at the moment…Hope all is well,


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