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History Happy Hour: Presidents & Their Speechwriters

Presidents & Their Speechwriters: The Untold Stories Behind the Most Illustrious Speeches in American History

June 21, 2018  |  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  |  The Willard Room at the Willard InterContinental

From Lincoln’s “Four Score and Seven Years Ago” to FDR’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" to Kennedy’s “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You”, join Jim Hewes, venerable bartender at the Willard InterContinental and Robert Schlesinger, Manager Editor, Opinion U.S. News & World Report as they examine the evolution of the presidential speechwriters job and share untold stories behind some of the most iconic presidential phrases in U.S. history.

In Conversation with:

Jim Hewes, Bartender at the Round Robin Bar
Jim Hewes is a venerable mixologist at the Round Robin Bar at the historic Willard InterContinental. Throughout his 30 years of working at the famed Round Robin Bar, Jim has established an internationally acclaimed reputation for not only his cocktails but for the history lessons he provides to patrons of the bar. “Jim Hewes is a walking DC History Channel and he makes a great Mint Julep,” says a frequent bar-goer. “Come for the drinks, stay for the history lesson.” Google Jim Hewes, Round Robin Bar, and nearly 11k search results appear. 90% of those search results speak to the famed mixologist that he is and the strong command of U.S. history that he possesses. A winner of DC Craft Bartender’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Historian of the Year Award by Historic Hotels of America, Jim has become as synonymous with the Round Robin Bar as the bar is with the Willard InterContinental.

Robert Schlesinger, Managing Editor, Opinion, U.S. News & World Report
Robert Schlesinger is managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report and author of “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.” He previously worked for The Boston Globe and The Hill and his work has also appeared in The Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, The American Conservative, People, Politico, Salon and The Weekly Standard, among other publications.

Tickets: $49 per person (21 years of age +) Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers.


About History Happy
Held monthly at the Willard InterContinental, this two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making. Led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar, and featuring rotating historians, authors and journalists to name a few, History Happy Hour offers a mixology lesson "straight up" with history "served long", a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.