Wasserman Schultz told Roll Call about President Barack Obama's visit with the Arizona Democrat at Cape Canaveral Friday night
"He was so genuinely glad to see her," Wasserman Schultz said. She added that she was pleased with her friend's progress; Giffords is walking without assistance and saying two or three word phrases at a time.
The dinner is Hollywood-meets-DC, and the conversations overheard in the hallway prove it.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) was seen talking with Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), perhaps discussing Pence's likely 2012 gubernatorial bid.
Cabinet secretaries Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder were waiting in the same long security line as stars from "Glee" and singer Cee Lo Green. Also spotted: Snowboarder Shaun White, cyclist Lance Armstrong, actor Paul Rudd, singer Paula Abdul, comedian Amy Poehler and Oprah-pal Gayle King.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.