The other day, I wrote about the to-do in Great Britain about the big birthday party they threw for Condi, a fabulous affair in which they even provided the glittering diplomatrix with a sensational couture gown to wear. Well, like all of you (I'm assuming), I really wanted to see that dress after reading about it! And now (above) we can, thanks to the Washington Post.
I've been waiting, like, totally forever to use that headline!
UPDATE! Did Condi end up having to pay for the gown herself? LMAO! From today's (Friday's) Al Kamen column:
There's no such thing as a free lunch. Or a free dress, it seems. Turns out British Ambassador David Manning, who arranged that surprise -- and lavish -- 50th-birthday party here for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice back in '04, bought her that beautiful scarlet gown designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Word has gotten out in London recently that British taxpayers paid $9,512.05 for the do, attended by more than 100 of Rice's friends -- including President Bush. The Guardian newspaper reports that a "Foreign Office spokesman said that figure did not include the dress, which was a personal gift from the then British ambassador, Sir David Manning."
But a State Department spokesman said yesterday that Rice paid for the dress, which we hear may have cost more than the event itself.
That could be a contradiction, but it's more likely that Manning bought the dress for Rice as a surprise gift and that federal rules would not allow her to keep it unless she paid for it.