Last week, at an event in West Hollywood, New York Times reporter and author Mark Leibovich spoke at length with Reza Aslan about his book This Town and his views on Washington culture. I was asked to introduce the event. Figuring out how to describe Leibovich was no easy task. So I decided to read from the profile that Mark might write about himself. The result is below.
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The Man in the Mirror
By Mark Leibovich
Mark Leibovich arrives for his interview with the studied nonchalance of the Beltway elite.
“Hey,” he says—casually and with a practiced warmth.
Leibo (as he is known by the class of people he calls “friends”) arrives without handlers, broadcasting the kind of “I'm not of D.C.” image that has made him famous in D.C.
Of course, it’s not lost on Mark Leibovich that were he to arrive with a coterie of staffers, Mark Leibovich would certainly write about it in the piece.
But that is his genius. He eschews D.C. by embracing it.
I note this irony to Mark.
“Totally!” he replies, master of the D.C. nod, made famous by Hillary Clinton.
I later accompanied Mark to a reception in honor of Chris Matthews and the stick that keeps Charlie Rose awake. It was held in the tony section of D.C. called Embassy Row. I caught up with Leibovich as he talked with Arianna Huffington and Mike Allen about ISIS while eating truffled macaroni-and-cheese out of Japanese spoons.