May 19, 2024

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The Ambassador’s Reception | Iain Dale

The Ambassador’s Reception | Iain Dale

I am typing this in my resort space in Washington DC as I get ready to head out to the dreaded Dulles Airport to fly back again to the United kingdom later on tonight. I arrived on Friday, so it can be been a limited but actually effective and fulfilling vacation.

Washington Presidents

DC is not the city I applied to enjoy. I often explained it was my favourite town in the planet, but I’d say I’d give that accolade to Sydney now. A ton of my favourite haunts have disappeared. Barnes & Noble in Georgetown. Absent. The Central Cafe in Union Station. Gone. I could go on. The town is a shadow of its previous self. Covid has hit challenging. 70 for every cent of civil servants have not returned to do the job.

Over the weekend I caught up with friends together with Shane Greer and my outdated LBC producer, Jagruti Dave. On Saturday night Simon Marks, LBC’s hosted a charming evening meal at his property and it was good to meet up with ITN’s US editor Robert Moore and his wife Liz. It rounded off a great day, immediately after going to the Throughout the Pond bar to see West Ham thrash Nottingham Forest 4-. 

Alvin Felzenberg

Monday noticed the company finish of the journey begin. I experienced lunch at the Jefferson Lodge with Professor Alvin Felzenberg who wrote the Thomas Jefferson chapter in THE PRESIDENTS. Alvin did so considerably a lot more than that, though. He is a walking encyclopedia about all the 45 presidents and saved me from earning lots of howlers in the enhancing of the ebook. Several of you will have listened to him be my visitor on quite a few episodes of the PRESIDENTS AND Key MINISTERS podcast.

National Churchill Leadership Center Washington

In the night I was section of a panel talking about THE PRESIDENTS at the National Churchill Management Center, chaired by Justin Reash. Two of the book’s authors, Colleen Graffy and Alvin Felzenberg joined us to focus on all form of troubles associated to the e book. Aside from the people today in the home, there have been four hundred viewing on the net. A seriously pleasant night, with fairly a several youthful people there, and a lot of guides bought.

Stewart McLaurin WHHA Washington

On Tuesday early morning I headed over in the course of the White House to do a podcast with Stewart McLaurin who is the director of the White Residence Historic Affiliation, and then to talk at a roundtable lunch for close to 20 folks. What a attractive creating they are housed in. It definitely was a pleasure to converse at such an event.

WHHA Washington

And then later on on Tuesday it was the principal occasion, the purpose for the entire journey, the booklaunch reception hosted by our ambassador to the British isles, Dame Karen Pierce. It took position at the magnificent home which is the household of the deputy ambassador. I had interviewed Karen the preceding working day for LBC and you will be able to listen to that interview next Monday on the demonstrate, or if you’re reading through this later on it will also be on the IAIN DALE ALL Talk podcast. She is a legitimate power of character and is doing an incredible career for us in Washington. All over the place I went, people sang her praises and the consensus was she is the very best ambassador we have had in Washington for a lot of a 12 months.

Karen Pierce Washington

Several of the authors who wrote chapters in the ebook had been there which includes Simon Marks, Allie Renison, Toby Harnden, Matthew Binkowski, Alvin Felzenberg, Colleen Graffy, Mitchell Reiss and Brooks Newmark. There was really a stellar visitor checklist with pretty a couple users of Washington substantial culture there.

Lucky Roosevelt

It was fantastic to meet ‘Lucky’ Roosevelt (pic), who was chief of protocol at the White Property less than Ronald Reagan, and granddaughter in legislation of President Teddy Roosevelt.

Valerie Biden

I was then released to Valerie Biden, sister of Joe, who is a massively crucial determine in the White Dwelling and one particular of the people today Joe Biden really listens to. She questioned me if she need to wince even though looking through the chapter on her brother. I reassured her that it had been prepared by Lord Adonis and he was a supporter. We had a actually humorous dialogue and when she later on left, she hugged and kissed me. I interpret this as me now possessing an ‘in’ to the president!

It was fantastic to satisfy Sally Bedell Smith, the royal biographer and contributing editor to Self-importance Reasonable. She’s go a new e-book out in April on the marriage among George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mom. 


It definitely was a collection of the great and the superior. The chairman of the Senate International Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch was there and I had a quick chat to him where by it turned apparent he is a finish Anglophile. Prime journalists from the Washington Submit, CNN and numerous other news retailers were there as well.


Then there was a faucet of a glass and the Ambassador created a small speech to introduce me, which was both warm and funny. If only my mother could have been there to witness it. She’d have advised me not to allow it go to my head. I stood there, the imposter syndrome reappearing for the ‘nth  time in my everyday living. Very little Iain Dale from Ashdon in Essex becoming eulogised in Washington by Britain’s top rated diplomat. It would not get a lot superior than that. 


I then built a short speech which began off with an anecdote about the past time I was in a British embassy overseas, in Beirut in 1991. I stated the point that David Tatham was the ambassador there at the time, who afterwards went on to be Governor of the Falkland Islands. I was advised afterwards that David’s son Michael had, until 6 months back, been deputy ambassador to the US, and had lived in this home. What a spooky coincidence.

It genuinely was a exclusive evening and as properly as the Ambassador I’d like to thank her total group for their attempts, and in particular Edward Roman, without having whom it just wouldn’t have happened, and also Katrina, the Ambassador’s social secretary who designed the total night operate like clockwork. 

Later on, 14 of us went to dinner at a cafe identified as FOUNDING FARMERS, and with that, I went back to my hotel sensation happy of all the people today who contributed to the e-book, and hoping that every person who took absent a duplicate enjoys looking at it. 

Suitable, I’d greater get to Dulles to get the late flight back again to Heathrow.