Thursday night's book party and 50th birthday bash for former Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe was notable for many reasons. The most prominent: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton smiled for over 20 minutes.
As McAuliffe and his wife bragged on about their life and friends, mostly Hillary, she smiled and nodded in the background with a glow we rarely see. Then, when it was her turn to speak, she even told a couple of jokes. But mostly, Clinton talked about her good friend McAuliffe, as you can hear in the video.
And what a bash it was. Arriving at the Park Hyatt for the event to celebrate McAuliffe's book, What a Party!, we were given a card for a free book and quickly released from our coat. Within seconds, a waiter handed us a glass of good champagne and pushed us to the chow, a seafood buffet.
Soon, a hotel worker urgently told us to get to the ballroom because "President Clinton" was about to speak. Well, almost. Bubba wasn't there and the "president" turned out to be Hillary.