Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at 10:48 pm in Uncategorized.
Staff writer Meera Pal is currently living in Washington, D.C. and keeping an eye on Inauguration events. This evening she attended a reception hosted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
WASHINGTON – Despite temperatures dipping into the low 20s, several hundred guests gathered at a pre-Inaugural reception Saturday night hosted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif at the Library of Congress.
Overcoats and bags were placed on x-ray machines positioned in the entryway of the Thomas Jefferson building, which sits across the street from the U.S. Capitol building.
A marble staircase led guests to the Great Hall, where California Democrats, politicians and movers and shakers struggled for elbow room.
Lou Paulson, president of the California Professional Firefighters, had kindly agreed to allow me to shadow him for the evening.
As packed as the room was, however, there were several times, I was swept up in a crowd.
Shortly after 7 p.m., San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel, made an entrance and a stir.
In the middle of the room, cameras began flashing, as Feinstein greeted guests, including Queen Noor of Jordan, the fourth wife and widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan.
A short while later, former San Francisco Mayor Willie arrived, followed by California Attorney General Jerry Brown.
At one point in the evening, Paulson introduced me as the “embedded reporter,” to Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation and California Assemblyman Sandre Swanson.
Shortly before 8 p.m., Paulson said his goodbyes and made his way to another gathering on P Street.