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A Thousand Words (Uh… a Picture Post)

I’m still sick-ish, so you get a bunch of photos from last week.

Bidens and MeOfficial White House Photo

This is from the reception I went to at the Vice President’s residence earlier in the week.  Why yes, my eyes are closed.  You know what I say: every second is a good time to blink.


On Friday, I took my sick self to the White House to cover a very cool event matching high schoolers with people from Hollywood.  I wrote about the film symposium over on BlogHer.  The White House uploaded the First Lady’s speech on YouTube:

And here are some photos I took from the event.  The guests for the panel discussion were David Frankel (director: The Devil Wears Prada), Ryan Coogler (director: Fruitvale Station), Harvey Weinstein (producer: uh… of everything), Whoopi Goldberg (actress), Blake Lively (actress), Naomie Harris (actress), Bruce Cohen (producer: Silver Linings Playbook).  Todd Wagner (producer: Akeelah and the Bee) joined the panel midway through.  Gayle King moderated the discussion.


Weinstein, Goldberg, Lively, and Harris behind the First Lady.


King addressing Goldberg, Lively, Harris, and Cohen.


Lively and Harris.


The whole panel, with Wagner taking Goldberg’s seat.

Not shown: The enormous quantities of used tissues filling my rubbish bin.  My raw, red nose.  The black three-inch high heels I bequeathed to the ChickieNob for dress-up in a moment of poor judgment.  Did I mention my raw, red nose?  The empty bottle of Reed’s Spiced Apple Cider that I didn’t think I’d like at all but was insanely good.  And my very raw, very red nose from all the aforementioned tissues.


1 Katherine A { 11.12.13 at 10:24 am }

Sorry to hear you’re still not quite well yet, hope you are feeling better very soon. Thanks for sharing the photos!

2 A.M.S. { 11.12.13 at 11:11 am }

Ahem. I’m still waiting for fox and horse pics!

3 loribeth { 11.12.13 at 11:12 am }

Great photos! 🙂

Naomie Harris was in Skyfall, the last James Bond movie — & will no doubt be in any other new ones to come, based on the revelation of her identity in the final scenes of the movie. 😉

4 Aerotropolitan Comitissa { 11.12.13 at 11:22 am }

Get well soon!

5 jjiraffe { 11.12.13 at 11:36 am }

You look great, even sick! Blake Lively got some flack for her “teachable moment” answer at that panel (I follow this Hollywood stuff): do you remember how it played out in person? (I guess she refused to participate with her high school after they refused to graduate her?)

6 It Is What It Is { 11.12.13 at 12:59 pm }

Love the first pic especially.

Sorry you are still sick but I see that hasn’t slowed down your posts, one bit. I still haven’t read the last 5 or 6 or 7?

7 Pepper { 11.12.13 at 3:04 pm }

Such a cool event! Sorry you’re not feeling well, but man would I have loved to be in the room with that group.

8 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.12.13 at 3:46 pm }

If I saw only the pix and not your caption, I would think you look simply radiant.

Maybe I’m biased. But you DO look great.

“Tis better to look good than to feel good.”

9 Kasey { 11.13.13 at 8:12 am }

Boo for feeling sick! Hope you (and your nose) are doing better today! What an amazing exrience!

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