The Thanksgiving week state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Singh seemed a touch off base, given the holiday's Indian or Native American origins. Setting that aside, several business dignitaries attended the soiree. They include:
Jeff Immelt, General Electric CEO
Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of Treasury (formerly of The Hartford, insurance)
Michael Bloomberg, NYC Mayor (owner of Bloomberg)
Nancy Ann DeParle, White House Health Czar (formerly of CCMP Capital)
General James L. Jones, National Security Adviser (formerly on the Chevron Board & head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 21st Century Energy initiative)
David Cote, Honeywell CEO, JP Morgan Board of Directors
Jim Crown, President of Henry Crown & Company
Jackie Clegg Dodd, Member of five corporate boards including CME Group, Managing Partner of Clegg International Consultants, LLC, wife of Senator Chris Dodd
John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (private equity underwriter) & Google board member
Mark Gorenberg, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners & donor
Earl Graves, Earl G. Graves Publishing
Rajat Gupta, McKinsey & Company, Board of Directors Goldman Sachs & others
George Haywood, Obama contributor, financial adviser and former bond trader Moore Capital Management
Chris Hughes, Facebook founder
Vernon Jordan, Director of numerous corporate boards
Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Managing Partner Heidrick & Struggles, former board member Ace Cash Express
Marc Lasry, Avenue Capital Group
Brian Mathis, Provident Group
Martin Nesbit, CEO of The Parking Spot
Jim Owens, CEO of Caterpillar
Colin Powell, Strategic Limited Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Penny Pritzker, Board chair & director
John Rogers, Ariel Capital Management & Goldman Sachs Board Secretary
Marie Therese Royce, Alcatel- Lucent Public Affairs
Jim Sullivan, Public Relations Consultant
Heads of trade groups or lobbying firms:
Andy Stern, President Service Employees International UnionMembers of the media:
Charlene Gaynor, CEO of Association of Educational Publishers
Robert Creamer, lobbyist with Strategic Consulting Group
Bob Bauer, registered lobbyist with Perkins Coie LLC
Hunter Biden, lobbyist
Marland Buckner, lobbying firm owner
Lucy Calautti, lobbyist for Major League Baseball & Senator Conrad's 2nd wife, she is a registered lobbyist
Kathleen May joined Rep. Steny Hoyer. Is it lobbyist Kathleen May?
Newt Minow, Sidley Austin LLP (not a registered lobbyist)
Kathryn Thomson, Partner at Sidley Austin
Robin Roberts, ABC
Brian Williams, NBC News
Katie Couric, CBS News
Tom Friedman, NYT
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek & CNN
Gayle King, editor Oprah magazine
However, two attendees may be a tad embarrassed:
Char Lugar for her DUI arrest after a traffic accident in McLean, Virginia.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky for Sibel Edmonds' testimony. Her husband Bob Creamer is capable of advising her on standing straight.
Hopefully loved ones kept them out of any trouble.
I trust the mainstream media to delve into the entertainment side of the invitee list. What about the donor element? Will the White House get the free pass given to Bush's Dover Sole with Queen Elizabeth?
Illumination of business dignitaries, that's my contribution to open and transparent government. Some oligarchs made the White House visitor list more than once. The visitor list has a private equity underwriter (PEU) taint.