Oh, Madame President. Your alluring blonde image has just gotten even more elite. The Washington Postconfirms A-Gutt is truly a celebrity beyond Penn’s campus, as she and Columbia professor/hubby Michael Doyle (listed as “Michael Gutmann” by WaPo…) made the guest list for last night’s British State Dinner at the White House.
Barack and Michelle (in a stunning, off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown) hosted Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, along with A-list attendees like Amy’s BFF Joe Biden, George Clooney (sans Stacy Keibler), Warren Buffett, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton (sans Bill), John Kerry, Carey Mulligan and Anna Wintour! Celebrity status, for sure.
The best-named person in the White House is bringing his talents to Penn.
Reggie Love, Obama’s 30-year-old yes man, plans to get a Wharton MBA after a five-year stint with the Pesident that started in the Senate. ABC News says that he’s “affable and outgoing,” so hopefully he’ll be more fun to have around than another celebrity student we know. Also, “he taught Obama how to fist-bump, bought him a silver iPod for his birthday and introduced him to the music of Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. ” Maybe he can do the same for Amy!
No word yet on what he’ll be studying or when he’s actually set to start. Oh, hey! He already takes classes part-time! Why haven’t we seen him? No excuses for no spottings come full enrollment, y’all.
Vice President Biden and Director of National Drug Control Policy Kerlikowske will participate in a roundtable discussion with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey, police chiefs from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware as well as public safety officials from local universities and transportation departments on the impact budget cuts have had on their ability to effectively police their communities, as well as deliver remarks on how the American Jobs Act would help keep first responders on the job and communities safe.
Really thrilling stuff if you’re into depressing economic news spun in the most positive way possible. Houston will probably be super-difficult to navigate tomorrow so avoid if possible unless you’re trying to sneak a peak (or unless you got one of the student VIP invites to the event, in which case you’re the man… or in PennDems).
It looks like Obama is continuing on his Penn kick with the appointment of Amy Gutmann to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. And oh yeah, she’s going to the commission’s chairwoman. Best birthday present EVER.
Obama loves Penn performing artists. (Remember the Poetry Slam?) Last night Penn Masala performed at the White Houses’s Diwali celebration. Former stoner/Penn prof Kal Penn provided the hookup, and the group performed two songs for the prez and his guests.
"With these glasses, there's no way the White House won't take me seriously!"
You remember Kalpen Modi? He used to get high and satisfy his munchies at a famous fast food emporium in the Garden State, and then once the buzz faded and he got sick of playing doctor he thought, “Hey, you know what would be more fun than trying to get laid at Princeton? Teaching kids at Penn!” After a brief stint in academia, the Prof decided to trade up. He announced his plans to swap Dr. House for the White House to work with the Obama administration, where they’re makin’ change and takin’ names and throwing the occasional luau. Modi has ditched his screen name (which, what with it being “Kal PENN” and all, we really liked) for his birth name just in time for his first day on the job in Washington. Now this is all very exciting news; even though we’re unemployed, we can usually find it in our hearts to be happy for people with jobs. The only catch: Warner Brothers put out the word that we could be looking forward to A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas in November 2010, and Modi is already signed on to at least a year of service in the Obama administration. Since we’re sort of in crazy times right now — war, economic insanity, global warming, Michael Jackson’s death — it’s not like Kumar can take a few extended vacations to steal back the stoner crown from Judd Apatow. We aren’t really sure how he’s going to work this one out, but we’re thinking he’s got a cyclical career path going on. Maybe we can expect to see him back in University City?