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Broken Promises or a Broken System?

Each election cycle, candidates run on a platform of promises. In 2008, President Obama’s promises included political change. But were those promises realistic? Many campaign supporters find themselves disappointed in Obama’s compromises and failure to deliver on some of his promises.

On Tuesday, Eric Alterman—a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and columnist for The Nation and The Daily Caller—will discuss his view that Obama’s failures are mainly the fault of a political system that doesn’t allow for progressive change. Alterman is the author of the new book Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama, which discusses these issues. The book will be available for purchase at the event.


The discussion will take place at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St., NW, 10th floor. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch, followed by the discussion with Alterman at noon.  The event is free, but space is limited, so make sure to RSVP at to guarantee that you’ll get a seat. For more information, call 202-682-1611.

Researching the Mystery Man

In the almost 10 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the hunt has been on for more information about Osama bin Laden. Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, has been hard at work analyzing bin Laden’s speeches and interviewing his associates.

On Tuesday, Scheuer will be on hand at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, discussing the findings of his research, contained in his new book, Osama Bin Laden.


The event is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Giarranto at

Sips and Sweets for Our Furry Friends

When we think of February we think of all things sugary and sweet. So does the Washington Humane Society, which hosts its 10th annual tribute to all things sweet, the “Sugar & Champagne Affair,” on Tuesday.

The dessert and champagne reception—hosted by Equinox Restaurant’s husband-and-wife brain trust, Todd Gray and Ellen Gray—will showcase the area’s talented pastry chefs. The event starts at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St., NW, and will feature a VIP Chef’s tasting room with an exclusive array of savory treats as well as a general reception featuring the namesake champagne and sweets.

Tickets run $150 for the VIP Chef’s Tasting Room (if you don’t already have yours you’re too late, they’re sold out) and $90 for the general reception. Tickets are available at


Everything Economics

With many Americans still without jobs, it seems as if everyone is talking about the economy. If there’s any one person besides President Obama at the center of all things economic, it’s Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

On Thursday, Bernanke will give a lunchtime address at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW. The focus will be on efforts to revitalize the country in the middle of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m., with Bernanke’s remarks beginning at 1, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The event is only open to National Press Club members and their guests. Tickets run $18 for members and $29 for their guests. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing or by calling 202-662-7501.

Belt It Out

In the mood for some live music? How about singing along with one of D.C.’s favorite choruses?

On Thursday, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will be holding an open mic night at the Piano Bar of Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave., NW. The event will feature a chance for audience members to sing alongside members of the chorus. With the piano bar atmosphere, we’d expect a mix of show tunes and jazz standards to dominate the playlist.

The open mic—or sing-along—runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is free. Even better? The Black Fox is offering a complimentary specialty drink after your first song. For more information, visit or call 202-483-7123.

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This article appears in the January 31, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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