|A gaggle of pols and other famous-for-D.C. types trekked through the rain to the Mayflower Hotel on Tuesday to catch a first glimpse of the new political documentary by Alexandra Pelosi, “Diary of a Political Tourist.”|
“I thought nobody was going to come to this thing,” said Pelosi, because of the nasty weather.
But come they did. In Pelosi’s audience were her dashing, velvet-clad, Dutch beau Michiel Vos; Sen. Bob Graham’s (D-Fla.) triplet granddaughters, who appear in the movie; Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff; and, perhaps for some conservative ballast, pundit John McLaughlin.
|Among the pols on hand were Sen. Dick DurbinDick Durbin McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-Ill.), former Connecticut Democratic Reps. Sam Gejdenson and Barbara Kennelly and a host of California Democrats, including Reps. Robert Matsui, George Miller, Anna Eshoo and Jane Harman. And of course, mom — who happens to be the House minority leader — couldn’t miss it either.|
Alexandra said this was the first time her mother saw the film. Given its occasional irreverence, “I didn’t want her in the editing process,” she said.
The minority leader was impressed, as was the rest of this tough crowd. Lobbyist Tony Podesta, attending with his wife, Heather, said a large group sat in the back of the room to facilitate a quick exit after the film began. “But they all stayed for the whole thing,” he said.
Like her acclaimed 2002 film, “Journeys with George,” which followed President Bush on the campaign trail, “Diary” trails most of the 2004 Democratic hopefuls, as Pelosi tries “to figure out what you have to do” if you want to “kick the leader of the free world out of the White House.”
The film opens at the White House Christmas party, where Bush tells Pelosi, “I had enough of that. I already made you famous once.”
From there it’s onto the tour buses and deep-fried Twinkies of the campaign trail.
Among her many pitfalls, Pelosi told The Hill, she nearly got arrested for trespassing at an appearance by Sen. John KerryJohn KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE at a hog farm because she tried to film the hogs.
“If you only knew the kind of humiliation you have to go through,” she said, adding that it was interesting how the candidates handled her presence. Some, like Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) (who inexplicably calls her “Alley” throughout) acted like they were old friends, she said, while others behaved as if to say, “Who’s that annoying stalker? I hope she goes away soon.”
Executive producer Sheila Nevins praised Pelosi as a gifted documentarian, noting that she worked 18 months on the project with no staff, then distilled 200 hours of footage down to an hour and 20 minutes. Also, “she has great legs,” Nevins added.
“Diary” premieres on HBO on Monday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.
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