Everyone seems to love to hate Washington, D.C. While many may view the seat of American power as tragically polarized, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich, believes Washington isn’t polarized at all.
In his new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus— Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital, Leibovich delivers vivid, witty, and often stinging portraits of the people who make up the nation’s incestuous “media industrial complex” – the people who both derisively and smugly call Washington “This Town.”
Leibovich’s account is packed with famous names, from the Obamas and the Clintons to Harry Reid, Susan Rice, Colin Powell, Haley Barbour, David Axelrod, Sarah Palin, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Tom Brokaw, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, Joe Scarborough, Chris Christie and many others.
As the buzz surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration grew, so did talk over the point of celebrating the ceremony for a second time. Some asked whether this was a necessary tradition, or simply a costly affair that was inappropriate for such tough economic times.
Yet an estimated one million people chose to travel to the nation’s capital to see the ceremony on Monday—often standing from a distance where nothing could be seen—and those that I spoke with had no trouble explaining to me why the ceremony was important to them.