William F. Buckley, Rush Limbaugh, George Will at NR's 50th. Not Cheney
Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine attended National Review’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Washington DC Thursday night with 998 other dear friends. A celebration of a half century of journalism and innovation and wit.
The Evening’s black tie event was perfect save for a single point. Which provides us with a business lesson.
Rush holding court
photo credit: Jack Yoest
Security was subdued as we walked in. But President George Bush was rumored to pop in and surprise. The President did meet Buckley earlier in the day. Dick Cheney was on the agenda.
But something was a-miss. No metal detectors. Still, rumors persisted.
A video tribute was narrated by Rush Limbaugh. He reviewed NR’s history and demonstrated, I would say, that the publication was the true forerunner of today’s blogs.
Jack, Orrin Hatch,
Years ago NR proved conservatives had good, clean fun. When describing a paeon in a paragraph’s first sentence, the piece closed suggesting that readers should instead pee on the subject… The National Review opined. In print.
Still. Cheney was nowhere to be seen. Was President Bush behind the 8 story shear drapes?
The program continued.
NR also publishes National Review Online, NRO, brainchild of the young, talented Rich Lowry. (Age 30 when taking the helm. Buckley was 29 when he founded National Review.)
NRO’s The Corner is a regular must read. Everyone loves K-Lo.
Readers know that NR has been critical of President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Rush Limbaugh on his program asked Dick Cheney some very direct questions. George Will’s op-ed cut like a saber.
Many conservatives are concerned.
Dick Cheney, one might expect, would appear and talk with his old friends.
The Vice President didn’t show.
A NR senior editor told me that the VP’s office cited scheduling challenges. After the evening’s program was printed up and distributed.
The point of this post is to reinforce the old business adage to always ‘under-promise and over-deliver.’ Vice versa is not good.
It doesn’t matter where fault, if any, can be pinned.
Nevertheless, expectations must always be managed.
Professional sales reps and top managers know how to maintain this delicate balance of delivering and not allowing clients — or an audience — to misunderstand or to experience an underwhelming outcome.
Clear communication is the responsibility of the salesman. Not the customer.
It’s just good business. And politics.
Thank you (foot)notes,
Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger and wife were guests of the generosity of Charmaine’s client, The Family Research Council.
The Anniversary was held in the National Building Museum. The interior is a vast open-columned vista, some 10 stories up allowing a focus on infinity. The emotion is not unlike that generated by the awe, inspiring, up sweeping interiors of cathedrals.
Call to Order M. Stanton Evans
Invocation Father George Rutler
Introductory Remarks M. Stanton Evans
Remarks Vice President Dick Cheney
Dinner Is Served
“A 50-Year Overview” Rush Limbaugh, Narrator
Jason Steorts, Editor
Special Recognitions M. Stanton Evans
Remarks Rich Lowry
William F. Buckley Jr.
Benediction Father George Rutler
Music and Dancing until 11:00 pm
Music by the Eric Felton Orchestra
The National Review Institute
Mr. Rush Limbaugh
Mr. George F. Will
The Honorable Henry J. Hyde
Mrs. Marth Apgar
Family Research Council
Media Research Center
John M. Olin Foundation
Mr. CH Brunie
National Rifle Association
Mrs. Ann Corkery
Mr. William H. Ingram
Capital Research Center
Mr. Clark Reed
Mr. William Hoskins
Holland and Knight
William E. Simon Foundation
Mr. Dan Cook III
American Enterprise Institute
Mr. Joseph Donner
Ave Maria Law School
Mr. Howard Rich
Blank Rome LLP
Mr. Alfred C. Eckert III
Mr. Richard Gilder
Mr. Peter Travers
Quinn, Gillespie and Associates
Williams & Jensen, PLLC
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
American Legislative Exchange Council
Legacy Partners Group
The Fund for American Studies
Motion Picture Association of America
Recording Industry Association of America
Antipasti of Seafood
Chateaubriand with Twin Sauces
Grilled Pacific Salmon
Truffled Potato Crepes
Asparagus and Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Hazelnut Meringue filled with Chocolate Ganache
and Crushed Hazelnut Praline
I think you know that National Review is my favorite magazine…because of its wit and its charm and the intellectual quality of its contents
George F. Will:
It is simply the case that National Review is the most consequential journal of opinion ever….It has changed first the ideas and then the politics and ultimately policies of the most important nation the world has ever known…
Buckley, Bush earlier on Thursday
at the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB)
which is considered to be a part of White House
Thank you (foot)notes:
Judge Bork doesn’t care for Miers.
Captain’s Quarters reports Washington Post likes Miers.
In the Bull Pen has Harriet Miers Debate.
Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion has Happy 50th.
Basil’s Blog has open trackbacks.
PrestoPundit has bombshell.
Chose Life has an Enigma.
Villainous Company has pragmatic view.
Left Coaster says Stop the Presses.
JollyBlogger doesn’t quite trust Miers:
In a situation like this, Martin Luther’s famous quip comes to mind that he would rather be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian. Of course the best option is to be ruled by a wise Christian. Miers is not a Turk in Luther’s sense, and she is a Christian, we need to know that she is a “wise” Christian in the sense of having the wisdom she needs to sit on the Supreme Court.
See Carnival of the Capitalists at Business Pundit.