Overheard at Table 212 at Mastro’s, By Elizabeth Thorp| December 29, 2015 |
CNN’s Dana Bash and DC-Hollywood connector Marc Adelman gab over lunch.
Marc Adelman: Get excited! Dana Bash: Always. Although I wish you gave me gifts like the first time we met. Marc: I sent you a Fresh candle. You were on maternity leave and I thought, Enough with the baby! The mom should get presents. Dana: When I was navigating having a newborn and going through a divorce, you and I became two peas in a pod. Marc: And then you threw me a birthday party with “Abu Nazir.” Dana: Typical Marc. You met him [Homeland actor Navid Negahban] at the Golden Globes, planned a group dinner, and then I became friends with him, and he loved you. He initiated your birthday party plans and few back for it. Marc: That was a great party! Dana: I miss you not in DC but think actually I see you more now, since your “soft move” to LA means you stay at my house at least once a month. Marc: I’m your very own Kato Kaelin. My favorite thing to do with you is going up to high-profile people you admire and saying, “You watch CNN, right? You do want to meet Dana Bash, don’t you?” Then I shove you in front of them. Dana: Like Jimmy Kimmel at the Kennedy Center Honors! You are my connector.
Someone in the restaurant recognizes Dana, says hello, and asks for a photo.
Marc: I’m a fuffer. I get you ready and I get you excited. Dana: You’re a bon vivant, and I think you miss DC. Marc: I’m not one of those people who leaves DC and says, “I’m so glad I’m not in DC—ugh!” I love DC. I think about DC all the time and could see myself back here again full-time. It’s the greatest city in the world. Dana: It is! Marc: It’s got everything you want and need in 69 square miles. Dana: What is your celebrity crush realized, someone who you admired and met? Marc: I don’t know? Dana: Well, maybe because you know everyone. Mine is Jane Fonda. She was CNN’s guest at the last White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wow, what an amazing lady. And she’s a CNN watcher for obvious reasons. Marc: Jane Fonda is 77! She is contemporaries with Madeleine Albright and Donna Shalala. Just think about that.... Dana: My favorite game to play is taking your phone and looking at contacts. “Let’s call Bill Clinton, let’s call Ryan Seacrest....” You have a serious phone book. Wait, do you have your phone backed up? Marc: Yes, it’s in the cloud. Wherever that is. [Laughs] Dana: That makes me nervous. Marc: I will say, every time I see the First Lady... Dana: At Sunday family dinner? Marc: No, on random occasions. She’s a big fan of So You Think You Can Dance, which my dad produces. I always say, “Hi, I’m the So You Think You Can Dance guy!” Dana: And what does she do? Marc: She gets it. Dana: Another fun thing about being friends with you is if we’re hanging out, I can say, “Hey, let’s call Geena Davis.” And you do, and she answers. Marc: She’s fabulous. Dana: Your connections are crazy. If I go to London and refuse to get your special Harrods body wash, you say, “Fine. Gordon Brown will get it.” Marc: He does. Or his wife, Sarah Brown, does. She’s lovely. Dana: You’re the social lubricant between LA and Washington. Marc: I’m a good time.