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Stogie Exclusive: The DC Cigar Event of the Season

25 May 2006

Yes, that’s Patrick and I smoking a cigar with New York Times best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke.

We had the good fortune of attending the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner gala on Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. At $250 a plate, it was worth every penny (especially since our employer footed the bill).

The evening began with an open bar reception (I couldn’t stop eating the coconut chicken hors d’oeuvres…or drinking the free booze, for that matter). What followed was an elaborate lamb and crab cake dinner complemented by noteworthy addresses from Mr. O’Rourke and famed libertarian journalist John Stossel.

Mr. O’Rourke, the most quoted author in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations and – according to the Wall Street Journal – “the funniest writer in America,” is a stubborn, cigar-smoking critic of government, politicians, and whiny do-gooders. His keynote speech was routinely interrupted with well-deserved laughs and applause from a sell-out audience.

As great as the dinner and speeches were, however, the evening’s pinnacle was hands down the after-party in the “Liberty Lounge,” a smoky, open bar affair with – get this – loads of free stogies from our friends at JR Cigar!

Needless to say, having a cigar with the man who is credited as saying, “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys,” was not an experience I shall soon forget.

-Patrick A


4 Responses to “Stogie Exclusive: The DC Cigar Event of the Season”

  1. Anonymous Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 4:54 pm #

    At least for the link for JR Cigars have it linked to your local JR Cigars on 17th & L and not their corporate site:

  2. Anonymous Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 12:29 pm #


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