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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Senator in the House, Reprise

Okay, maybe I’m a loser just wallowing in the past but it is the one year anniversary of my dinner at the White House and I just can’t get it out of my head. That was soooo much fun, you just cannot believe it. Ineffective narrow-minded president or not, he is still the President of the United States. He joked with me to set me at ease during the picture-taking, and I will always appreciate him for that kindness. But I don’t appreciate his behind-the-scenes pea-brained attitude towards the Special Olympics simply because of the Kennedy family’s involvement! How stupid can you get? (Thanks, Catherine, for the link!)

The other guests were so great to meet and talk to (Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Ted Kennedy, Vanessa Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Walters, Tim Russert, Tom Harkin, and all the Special Olympics people, too, including a star from the movie The Ringer, a flick I highly recommend.)

Ned and I dressed to the nines, he in a tux and I in a frosty pink Shelli Segal that was like a piece of candy, with strappy pink snakeskin high-heeled sandals and a creamy white shawl. Someone said I looked exactly like Sarah Jessica Parker. I gave the First Lady a copy of my book and felt like a queen. Not a bad day for an autism mom.

Tabblo: Remix:  White House Dinner for Special Olympics, July 10, 2006

I was invited to a White House dinner in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver because of my book, Making Peace With Autism, and my writings about Special Olympics. The trip was like a dream, the pinnacle of my career as a writer thus far. Our hotel was beautiful and also kind of cool,
with its federal-meets-hip-contemporary-sixties-air.

See my Tabblo>


I loved your White House adventure! I mean, c’mon, how cool was that and you looked smashing!!! Crappy Pres or not, you were there, and that’s all that matters! I performed for George McGovern tonight for his 85th Birthday party, that was a thrill as well. But I didn’t get to sing ala Marilyn “Happy Birthday Mr. You-Should-Have-Been President” like I wanted to, damn!

— added by Kaija on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 12:04 am

Kaija, how did you perform?? That is so cool! McGovern/Shriver in 72!!!!

— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6:50 am

George is an old family friend. My band, East Of Westreville, has sort of become the house band for the McGovern Library for the past two years. My mom was his Communications Director for 2 of his senate races and worked on the presidential campaign as well. George is still going strong and looks great. It’s always a joy to see him and hear him speak. And a thrill to get to sing for him too!

— added by Kaija on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 11:41 am

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