Life of the Party: Traveler Fetes Valerie Jarrett

by Editorial

Inspired by Michelle Obama’s appearance on the cover of Condé Nast Traveler’s May issue, the magazine hosted a cocktail reception to honor Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Valerie Jarrett with British Ambassador Sir NIgel Sheinwald and Lady Julia Sheinwald (Photo courtesy of

Valerie Jarrett with British Ambassador Sir NIgel Sheinwald and Lady Julia Sheinwald (Photo courtesy of

By Karin Tanabe

Last Thursday night media coverage of our fair city must have halted for a few minutes as a gaggle of Washington’s media elite came to clink glasses and natter about their upcoming vacations in the lower level of the Hilton Washington’s newly revamped digs.

The reason for celebrating? Condé Nast Traveler’s May issue with our fashionable FLOTUS gracing the cover in a power red dress and a White House background.

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At the Hilton soirée, Traveler’s chic Editor in Chief, Klara Glowczewska, looking appropriately global-chic in an Asian inspired silk dress,  introduced the night’s honoree, senior advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett. Though Glowczewska fumbled a bit reading her notes, she put them aside and spoke graciously about the world traveler we have on Pensylvania Avenue. Jarrett that is. 

Glowczewska reminded us that Jarrett (in a beige, chartreuse, white, and black jacket that looked like it was painted by Piet Mondrian), is quite the citizen of the world, having been born in Shiraz, Iran and living and lived in London before heading to Chicago. Not surprising that Jarrett voiced how at home Washingtonians have made her feel.

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It’s been said that we are the capital of the world.

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In the crowd: From the media: Betsy Fischer, Executive Producer of Meet the Press; lawyer Bob Barnett and wife Rita Braver, a CBS News correspondent; Fox News Contributor and Host of the Laura Ingraham Show, Laura Ingraham; former executive producer of MSNBC’s “Hardball” and owner of Haddad Media, Tammy Haddad; columnist and best-selling author Tom Oliphant; Executive Creative Director of Condé Nast Traveler, Peter Kaplan; and Gordon Peterson, WJLA and Host of Inside Washington.

From the White House: Chief Economist for the Economic Advisory Panel, Austan Goolsbee; Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press and Press Secretaries Semonti Stephens and Katie McCormick Lelyveld; Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady, Camille Johnston; The First Lady’s Chief of Staff, Sharon Sher; and White House Assistant Social Secretary, Samantha Tubman.

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