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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.