Condi Rice Speaks at the Independent Women's Forum


The IWF celebrated their 2006 Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award Dinner last night. Honoring Condoleezza Rice.


Secretary of State,

Condi Rice


You know you’ve arrived

when Chevron names

a tanker for you The 570 guests entered on red carpeted steps at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Auditorium. With seven story Doric columns.

(Only in DC. I can image the approval process to build the building. The word “auditorium” appeared in the budget request. The blueprints had “cathedral” lines. This is how many sales presentations are delivered. Clever use of descriptions. Especially in Your Nation’s Capital.)


Jack, Claudia Winkler

Bill AndersonAnyway, the real treat of the evening was dining with Claudia Winkler, Managing Editor of the Weekly Standard. I gushed.

And gushed some more.

Your Business Blogger was slobbering not merely as the typical suck-up sycophant begging for publication.


LT Thomas Winkler

Washington, D.C.,

Left Wing.No. Not this time. My excitement was sincere. Her son is the #3 pilot on the Blue Angels.

Charmaine said that I didn’t have to congratulate her — marveling at the honor and the danger —

The danger. That some 75 military jets are lost year each in accidents.

She didn’t need to hear that.

She already knew.

A Blue Star mom.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Charmaine served on the IWF board of advisors.

And it’s not just jets crashing. See In Harm’s Way.

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