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Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, DC. Since an early age, she has played sports including soccer, basketball, and swimming; receiving three letters in high school for sports participation. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily and interviewed popular 90's bands including No Doubt and the Goo Goo Dolls. Commissioned an Air Force officer, she served in Korea, Germany, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Marlene earned two masters degrees while in the Air Force in Management and IO Psych. After leaving active duty, she has worked as a government contractor, freelance writer and public relations executive. Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago. She is very active in the DC charity and social scene and contributes her time to DC Humane Society's Fashion for Paws. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera's Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. An extrovert at heart, she has never met a stranger. Marlene loves journalism, attending events, meeting people and making things happen. She lives by the motto, "The best way to predict your future, is to create it."

McLaughlin/Thomson Reuters Brunch at the Hay Adams Hotel

The McLaughlin/ Thomson Reuters brunch was held on Sunday at the famous Hay Adams Hotel, the day after the White House Correspondents Dinner. The 9th floor view was absolutely beautiful, even more gorgeous than the view from the top of the W Hotel which offered a perfect setting for the close of the Correspondents festivities in Washington.

Michael Chertoff, Morgan Fairchild, Congressman Moran, and Jamie Gorelick

Notables included John McLaughlin, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), actress Morgan Fairchild, socialite Georgette Moschbacher, former Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff, Clinton appointee Jamie Gorelick,  Fox News’ Major Garrett, Lucky Roosevelt, former AOL head and humanitarian Jim Kimsey, journalist David Corn, and Labels of Love founder Mary Amons. The crowd consisted of high powered people who were or are presidential appointees, journalists, politicians, and DC movers and shakers.  The event was low on celebrity attendance and mainly consisted of John McLaughlin’s friends.

Congressman Moran, Mary Amons and her father

Former DHS Michael Chertoff could not have been nicer.  I told him about someone that had worked at DHS and he told me to thank him for his service.  Former DC Housewife Mary Amons and founder of  Labels of Love told me she was ok with The Real Housewives of DC going off the air and she hoped that her “en plein air” runway show this week, Modus Union, would not be rained out.

I spoke with David Corn who attended the Correspondents Dinner the night before.  He had the opportunity to escort band members from REM including Michael Stipe and said he went to a concert several years ago and met musician David Byrne of the iconic band Talking Heads.  They had a great conversation and was really excited that David Byrne was going to be at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year.  He was pleasantly surprised that Byrne called him by name and asked him how he was that evening.

Socialite Georgette Moschbacher and friend

I also overheard a few conversations describing how Seth Meyers and President Barack Obama burned Donald Trump with their jokes and how Trump was not amused.  Another guest informed me they had been going to the White House Correspondents Dinners for years and this one was by far one of the best.  They found Obama and Meyers very funny.  Another person remarked how they were packed in like sardines at the dinner and that the food was not so tasty.  He also said he didn’t know who the celebrities were like Jon Hamm of TV’s Mad Men.

Besides the beautiful view and the cool mixture of politicians and journalists, the brunch offered an open bar, crabcakes, omelete station, shrimp, bacon, and pastries.  The food was delicious and the ambiance just so much fun!

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