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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…

I hope that blogging this doesn’t somehow jinx it, but I have just been invited to dinner at the White House. Yes, the one down in Washington, D.C.! The President is hosting a dinner for the Special Olympics in honor of Maria Shriver, and I am to be a guest. I am sitting here in the middle of my parents’ Cape house, shucking corn, and my legs are shaking. Ned is napping, Nat is pacing, the Puppies are playing on Max’s computer. Life goes on, but I am going to the White House!

What the heck am I going to wear? It is black tie; I was told that Mrs. Bush wears long formal gowns to these things. I have no such thing but you bet I will get one!

Other than that, I suppose I will hand the Prez an (autographed) copy of MPWA, just to make double sure he is aware of autism as something other than a tragedy people are trying to extinguish. I will show him pictures of Nat getting his medals and at his bar mitzvah! I am allowed to bring a guest and we will see if my parents can look after the boys so that Ned can go — that is, if I can pursuade him to put on a tux!


WOW! You could always wear the cleavage bearing black dreww :0!


— added by Elaine on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 7:52 pm

Excuuuuse me? (she says with mock envy)

And why didn’t Autism Diva get invited? Ask them if they have her phone number…


That’s really incredible. I hope you have the time of your life. Make sure to tell Maria Shriver that Bobby Kennedy Jr. is a big dork.

— added by Camille on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 9:28 pm


I am never going to get to go to the Whitehouse…and I actually like the guy…

— added by Andrew on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 9:34 pm

Whoa! The White House! Good on you Susan!! Dang your family must be so so proud of you! The boys have got to be thinking, “Yeah, that’s MY MOM and yeah she’s gonna be hanging out at the White House.” Awesome!! So excited for you! I am so glad that you got invited!

— added by K.C.'sMommy on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Wow! Now this is a blog post I can’t wait for, how exciting!!!!! Congrats 🙂

— added by Danielle Lynne on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 2:07 pm

hey all, thanks for the support! camille — you are right, AD should go to the White House, if she could keep her temper! 🙂

Andrew, don’t worry, I’ll enjoy every moment, Repub or Dem, but oh, how I would have loved going 6 years ago… yum, clinton!

i am cutting my vaca early so i can get a dress at bloomies…

— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 7:42 pm

so exciting! i’m right there with you and clinton. sigh! but as much as i DESPISE our current pres, it’s such an honor and rare thrill to get INVITED there! hooray for you!

— added by kyra on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 9:08 pm

Yum Clinton? The man who cheated on his wife? Not suprised you would respect someone like that.

— added by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 10:43 pm

One thing I would love to say to the President is this, “Stop the US from sending mercury laden vaccines to other nations. We are not helping those children, we are hurting them.”

Also, “Say ‘Hi’ to Rick Santorium next time you see him, Mr. President.”

I agree it is a wonderful thing to be asked to attend a White House function, but this administration has blood on their hands. Take Purell with you.

May God bless you and your family.

— added by Mom on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 11:28 pm

Jan-why would you bother asking Susan to tell the President to stop sending mercury laden vaccines to other countries? I think she’s made it clear on this blog that she doesn’t tend to believe in any vaccine connection and problems associated with them in the case of autism (at least). Even though it’s clear she doesn’t support or like this administration she’ll go anyway when most of us would not due to what this administration has done. That tells you something.

— added by Anonymous on Friday, July 7, 2006 at 7:35 am

I don’t think you got the point, Anon. This dinner is about the Special Olympics, of which I am a big fan, and not about mercury or autism. I don’t agree with most of the policies of this particular president, but I still have enormous respect for the office of the President and am delighted to go and meet people associated with Special Olympics!

But here’s another point for you: we all know that it is very easy to punch and run and hide behind an anonymous moniker. It is called “bullying,” and many of our children, and maybe many of us, have been victims of it. Tell us your blog and we will all go to it and read it as religiously as you do mine.

— added by Susan Senator on Friday, July 7, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Sorry, I must open my big mouth here, but Anon c’mon, Susan makes a very good point, you are rather attached to her blog in spite of the fact that you don’t agree with her. Quite frankly I consider it cyber-stalking. Blogs are personal statements for THAT PERSON. She does not do it to appease the readers, it’s a place to reflect, vent, share HER FEELINGS.

Question: if you do not agree with her, why do you read it? Are you expecting that one day, you will log in and find that she has changed her beliefs to fit yours and then your world will be a happy place? Seriously, it’s time to let go of the anger…

— added by Jamie from Oregon on Friday, July 7, 2006 at 9:15 pm

I see this invitation as a way of recognizing you for your knowledge and achievement in a particular area. Accepting the invitation not only allows you to meet a number of great people associated with Special Olympics, and to go to a wonderful party at THE WHITE HOUSE (who wouldn’t be excited about that?), but is also a gracious acceptance of this recognition, which is well-deserved. I hope you and Ned have a wonderful time!

— added by Patricia on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 12:20 am

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