2013 Inaugural Brunches With the Daily Beast and ABC News
Only one was overcrowded, but both attracted the A-list.
Sports were on the mind of ABC News president Bob Sherwood, who welcomed his guests with brief remarks. He said ABC expected a special surprise guest: Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o, who is mired in drama surrounding a fake dead girlfriend. “But,” Sherwood remarked, “he said he got duped and ended up at the Romney inauguration.” When he closed, though, Sherwood did make reference to the earlier swearing-in of President Obama for a second term, and the inauguration overall. When inaugurations happen, he said, “we all suspend disbelief and think about the possibilities.”
A memorable part of the Daily Beast party was not only how packed it was, but also a large round table, empty and placed smack in the middle of the fray. On it were two signs. One said “Reserved,” and the other said “Harvey Weinstein.” It occupied some serious real estate, though no one sat there, at least not during the hour or so we were at the brunch. In fact, Weinstein, in a gray sweater, was in a secluded back corner of the room, talking on his cell phone. When told about the Weinstein table at the ABC party, a DC player said, “Oh, that’s bad. We don’t do that in Washington.” Regardless, we don’t think Harvey cared.