On Monday, TWC had the opportunity to receive Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the authors of "HRC," a new book that details the post-2008 "rebirth" of Hillary Clinton. I should preface this by saying that The Washington Center's Simpson-Mineta program offers a series of panel discussions and guest speakers throughout the semester, and so far we've had some pretty interesting names come through to speak: John Zogby, of Zogby Polling (of great interest to me, considering I'm around political polls all day at work), and Evan Ryan, the assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, among others. Allen and Parnes were probably the most fascinating and timely speakers to arrive at TWC yet, and even better than the presentation on "HRC" and the modern state of all things Hillary was the chance to meet with the authors afterward.

The Clinton-centric discussion was moderated by TWC's Steve Scully, who is also an executive producer for CSPAN. Allen and Parnes fielded questions from Scully on the prospects of Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016, the possible strengths and weaknesses of a 2016 Clinton candidacy, their own personal histories navigating the worlds of journalism and Hill politics, and their advice to TWC students who wouldn't mind being up on the logo-adorned stage themselves eventually. Both Allen and Parnes were incredibly down-to-earth and dispensed their fair share of political insights, Hillary anecdotes, and, as is nearly required with big-name political bestsellers (a la "Game Change"), gossip. I actually found their own personal stories probably the most interesting aspect of the discussion; since there is presently so much ado about climbing the ladder, so to speak, it was both revealing and valuable to hear, first-hand, the accounts of two successful journalists. It was probably, in my opinion, the most captivating TWC event so far.

But even better than the panel discussion itself was the opportunity to meet and chat with Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes afterwards, as well as to buy the book and get their signatures. I talked to both of them at the book signing, which, as a writer, was definitely an awesome opportunity. They were super personable and welcoming, and non-reluctantly heard out my spoken-word resume - which, as the author of said resume, I know can’t be easy. Either way, it underscores the priceless opportunities offered in Washington.

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