The latest from Capitol File's Editor-in-Chief, Amy Moeller.
Celebrating the reveal of the 2016 official White House Christmas ornament design with WJLA’s Jummy Olabanji (left) and Autria Godfrey (right) and the White House Historical Association at the Historic Decatur House.
As I sit down to write this letter, it’s barely 7 am the Wednesday after Labor Day, and my sweet, wiggly nine-week-old Magnolia is noisily entertaining herself in the bouncer at my feet. Most days I can’t imagine her beyond the given moment, but recently I overheard my husband giving her what I assume is the fairly standard “no dating on my watch” spiel and I laughed at the idea of my tall, thin, ultra-kindhearted man laying down the law for some 16-year-old boy of the future.
Looking back, I wish that laugh had lingered and led to a thoughtful reflection on men today, which would in turn have made for an instantly insightful Letter from the Editor for our Men’s Issue. But alas, sleep deprivation is real. Fortunately, this issue requires little rest to be fully inspired. Each year, as we pore over the most exciting projects and influential profiles of the city’s leading men, we re-learn just how deep the talent and ingenuity in Washington runs. This year was no exception.
From Washington Redskin Ryan Kerrigan, outspoken journalist Michael Wilbon, and educator Josh Bernstein to all the entrepreneurs (we’re looking at you, Cotton & Reed guys), stellar chefs (in this issue, Eric Ziebold), developers, style setters, tech gurus, and interior designers that make our city great, we profile the guys who are giving DC what they’ve got... and then some! Even cover star Seth Meyers is bringing his talent to our town, broadcasting Late Night live for a week from Warner Theatre.
Washington may no longer be an “old boys’ club” (for evidence, see Capitol File’s annual Women’s Issue), but it’s certainly not short on men making a difference. So grab a glass of tequila on the rocks (yes, that’s a delicious thing now! See page 38), kick back, and flip through these pages to meet some of the city’s best. Cheers!