Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What-Washington-Eats Wednesdays: I. Scooter Libby

The “I” in “I. Scooter Libby” stands for Irving, or Irv. The former chief of staff to Vice President, Dick Cheney, is yet another Bush administration casualty. He resigned from his senior White House position in 2005 after being indicted on five felony counts and was subsequently convicted in March 2007 and sentenced yesterday on four of the counts relating to the Plame affair; he received a 30 month prison sentence and $250,000. Last week, we highlighted Paul Wolfowitz after his replacement was announced for World Bank president…Wolfie was also Scooter’s political science professor in college, and, perhaps, one of the most influential people in Scooter’s political thinking.

Libby oozes (for better or worse) East Coast elite. The son of an investment banker, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut, prepped at Phillips, went to college at Yale, and studied law at Columbia. He’s had an accomplished career that spans private law practice, government consulting, public service…and even creative writing. Entitled The Apprentice, the novel he started as a college project and published in 1996, was described by the publisher as "an everyday tale of beastiality and paedophilia in 1903 Japan...[and] packed with sexual perversion, dwelling on prepubescent girls and their training as prostitutes…" Umm…WHAT?! Interesting (but not too surprising) irony.

Given his pedigree (and close proximity to Great Falls—he lives in Mclean), I’d venture to say that the Libbys have enjoyed many a meal at L’Auberge Chez Francois , where hearty Alsatian-French cuisine comes in generous portions in a country-inn setting (and you have to make reservations a month in advance). And given his "interest" in asia (i.e. before his japanese erotica, he served in the United States Department of State as Director of Special Projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1982 to 1985), I’m guessing he enjoys the occasional lone escape for some cheap, eh hem, sushi at Sushi Sushi.
*This Wednesday series is dedicated to what (in)famous Washingtonians eat.

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