I missed this "squib" from the WaPo's Richard Leiby a few weeks ago about Senator Daschle's birthday bash at the Four Seasons in New York:
He doesn't turn 57 until Thursday, but Tom Daschle, who could use some bucking up after his election loss, got to celebrate his birthday a week early when friends and family threw him a surprise party in New York. Among those toasting the defeated Senate minority leader at the Four Seasons restaurant Thursday night were his Senate pals John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Jon Corzine, Chuck Schumer and Byron Dorgan. Two businessmen and loyal Dem fundraisers hosted the event: Orin Kramer and Leo Hindery, who is hoping to replace Terry McAuliffe as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In lieu of a birthday cake, we're told, the 40 revelers enjoyed a mini-mountain of pink cotton candy served on a platter.
It's interesting to note that Daschle is once again cozying up to the likes of Kerry and Clinton after spending the campaign season distancing himself from these two. There's also the following report given to the WaPo from a man on the scene at the Four Seasons:
New York, N.Y.: I thought you may enjoy this fun little tidbit.
Last Thursday several people from my office went to the Four Season's Restaurant Bar for drinks after work. Little did we know that the Democrats were having a party in honor of Tom Daschle that evening. Saw Daschle make his way to the party and most likely several other Dems (they looked like politicians, as opposed to business people) but I couldn't pick them out.
The "highlight" of the evening is when John Kerry showed up. Most in my office are hardcore Democrats, so they applauded as he came up the stairs (it's an open stairway) with his two secret service agents. He stopped shook hands and briefly chatted with the people from my office. One woman commented to him that he had done such a good job during the election. He responded by saying (something to the effect of) "Obviously, not good enough."
After he left another woman in my office commented that he had nice hair. About 20 minutes later, Kerry left the party stopped and said goodbye and made his way down the stairs, when the woman who commented on his hair said rather loudly, "I love your hair!" Kerry stopped, took a step back up the stairs looked up raised both arms in the air and said "Thank you" and went on his way. He seemed very nice and made the night for several people in my office (plus we spotted Spike Lee).