What do Invoice Gates and Mitt Romney and Ben Stiller and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump all have in frequent?
Regardless of their political variations, all of them attended the identical unique Washington, D.C., occasion on Saturday, in accordance with stories. The event was the Alfalfa Membership dinner, an annual occasion — and the membership’s sole function — through which a number of the nation’s main figures collect for an evening of meals, drinks, networking and self-deprecating jokes.
Or, as The Washington Submit put it in 2015, “that bulwark of old-school schmoozing, ceaselessly impervious to fashionable conventions, comparable to selfies or business-casual gown codes.”
Although the occasion is closed to the press, particulars invariably leak every year.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who’s reportedly a member of the Alfalfa Membership, hosted an after-party this 12 months, in accordance with Politico.
The Each day Mail, a British tabloid, took images of a number of the attendees at Bezos’ occasion on Saturday night time, together with Gates, Kushner and Trump. (Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, was additionally in attendance, in accordance with Politico.)
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Stiller was Sen. Romney’s visitor on the membership dinner, the place Romney was the outgoing president, per Politico.
The eclectic gathering displays the Alfalfa’s bipartisan historical past and deal with exclusivity above all.
Different members, in accordance with the Submit, have included Mike Bloomberg and Warren Buffett; Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
The 200-or-so members are by invite solely, in accordance with the Submit. Openings are created by a member’s loss of life.
Whereas earlier presidents have attended the dinner previously, Donald Trump reportedly has not.
Jeff Bezos threw a celebration at his newly renovated Washington DC residence final night time.
Sure, Lauren Sanchez was there.
Additionally in attendance:
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— Yashar Ali (@yashar) January 26, 2020
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Exterior the confines of the Alfalfa Membership, President Trump has lengthy been crucial of Bezos, primarily round the truth that Bezos owns the Submit.
Trump has repeatedly attacked the paper for its typically crucial protection — as he has attacked quite a few different media shops.
“Washington Submit staff wish to go on strike as a result of Bezos isn’t paying them sufficient,” Trump tweeted in 2018. “I feel a extremely lengthy strike can be an incredible thought. Staff would get extra money and we’d do away with Faux Information for an prolonged time frame! Is @WaPo a registered lobbyist?”
Bezos has taken a extra impartial tone in response to the president’s anger.
“My possession of the Washington Submit is a complexifier for me,” he wrote final 12 months. “It’s unavoidable that sure highly effective individuals who expertise Washington Submit information protection will wrongly conclude I’m their enemy. President Trump is a type of individuals, apparent by his many tweets.”