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The Worst Marriage in Georgetown
NY Times Magazine ^ | 7-6-12 | Franklin Foer

Posted on 07/07/2012 3:50:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Dinners were served in the basement. Ambassadors, generals with many stars, senior White House officials and closely read columnists — all would walk past the yellowing kitchen, which looked as if it hadn’t been updated since the Ford administration, and down a narrow flight of stairs into the dimly lighted dining room. Guests were arrayed around the table according to rank, with the most important ones squeezed in the center. Although the Old World meals could be quite elaborate — venison paté, duck in bitter orange — they were prepared and served entirely by the host, a stickler for protocol named Albrecht Muth.

Muth liked to refer to his Georgetown row house, which technically belonged to his wife, the journalist Viola Drath, as the Albrechtory. Guests at their dinners included Anne Patterson, Obama’s ambassador to Egypt; Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift; and Pierre Salinger, the Kennedy courtier, followed by his little white dog. Antonin Scalia was another guest, and Muth liked to joke about the time he asked Scalia to officiate his wedding: “Will you marry me?” Muth inquired. “Well, I’m already married,” Scalia replied. In 2006, even Dick Cheney emerged from his bunker to attend a party that Drath hosted.

The couple’s cachet had nothing to do with wealth, however. They lived frugally, mostly off Drath’s first husband’s pension. Nor was it based on their résumés. He once started a small NGO; she wrote articles for a German financial daily. What they possessed was an exquisite understanding of the anxieties of the city’s elite — and an awareness of the power of eccentricity in a city that has little of it. Drath was 44 years older than her husband, a disparity in age that was accentuated further when he referred to her as “madam.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: albright; beltwayelite; cheney; dc; drath; elites; freakshow; muth; ourbetters; power; rulingclass; scalia; soros

Viola Drath and Albrecht Muth in June 2001.

Read the whole thing. It is staggering how the Washington power elite can be so easily fooled. This reads like a Dominic Dunne tale.

1 posted on 07/07/2012 3:50:39 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Under the made-up moniker of staff brigadier general, Muth organized the Third National Observance event marking Iraq’s Liberation Day on April 9, 2010.

2 posted on 07/07/2012 3:52:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Gay as a May Pole and crazy as a johnnyhouse rat


3 posted on 07/07/2012 4:08:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well worth reading. An example of the Washington Elite, the Rulers of the Universe, Our Betters; who turn out to be sadistic, delusional, fruit bats.

I’m reminded of many of the old Roman emperors who achieved total power and were utterly morally corrupt and/or mad like Caligula, Nero, or Tiberius. D.C. seems to attract the same crowd... and now these sorts of people get to control our very health.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 4:19:14 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

DC is so full of phonies that these characters fit right in.


5 posted on 07/07/2012 4:24:08 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“It is staggering how the Washington power elite can be so easily fooled.”

This ‘johnnyhouse rat’ - I really like that! - is a homosexual psychopath who understood what the elite lust for, and consequently, what blinds them:
the lust for more power.

How sick and shallow it all is!

The comparisons to the crazies of old are apt. I go the other way, wondering where has the spirit of service to the republic has gone. Why has it died? The human heart, left unattended by Christ, will always lust for more (power, money, etc.)...this is how it always ends.

I too, am “afraid for the republic”.


6 posted on 07/07/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: AppyPappy

Oh my goodness....... what a great precis of the long, long article.


7 posted on 07/07/2012 4:34:55 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I thought this was an IowaHawk satire...


8 posted on 07/07/2012 4:36:26 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three are a Congress".....John Adams)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
He is gay. She is 44 years older than him and supports him based on her deceased husbands pension and savings. They falsified their backgrounds. Their parties attract the Washington elite. He bludgeoned and strangled her to death. The article offers a small insight into the world of the Washington elite.
9 posted on 07/07/2012 4:44:28 AM PDT by detective
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To: AppyPappy
Gay as a May Pole and crazy as a johnnyhouse rat

Bit of redundancy, no?

10 posted on 07/07/2012 4:46:21 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: 6SJ7
Of course, these moves on our 'healthcare', have nothing to do with their 'caring' about our health. It is controlling our lives; that brings a 'light' to their eyes. And Republicans could do a far better job of educating all who have yet, to 'get' who these people are; and what animates - and motivates - them.
11 posted on 07/07/2012 4:46:49 AM PDT by cricket (Narcissism IS the 'heart' of Liberalism . . .)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Delusions of grandeur....reminds me of someone else


12 posted on 07/07/2012 4:49:40 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s sad that her family & friends couldn’t convince her to divorce & cut herself off from him.


13 posted on 07/07/2012 4:54:49 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
That was my first thought.

Washington is filled to the brim with folks who understand power and nothing else.

Muth's genius (and there is no doubt he is "some kind" of genius) is very much like that of Obama, except Obama has used his to prey upon those who view the world through the lens of racism instead of that old Teutonic culture of Albrecht Muth.

I like con men because they make life interesting. I particularly like them when they are made to pay the piper.

Obama knows he is being pursued by his piper (and I imagine he enjoys the thrill of being pursued). But it will be great fun when justice finally catches up.

Part of me even wonders if the NYT ran this article because they know it will resonate, consciously and unconsciously, because of Muth's parallels with Obama.

14 posted on 07/07/2012 5:00:00 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: raybbr

I like the gentle subtleties and distinctions contained in the sentence.


15 posted on 07/07/2012 5:08:24 AM PDT by BilLies ((Ass.Press, ABCBSNBCNN NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hate your Traditional American guts!))
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Some more fun pics of this con man...


16 posted on 07/07/2012 5:11:29 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I read the entire article. Absolutely amazing. Astonishing. Beautifully written story. The guy Albrecht Muth is quite a world class cuckoo bird and con artist. He’s the liberal’s liberal, even fooled George Soros. I love how Soros complimented him that he was the kind of guy that would close the over door on Soros during World War II. Soros liked that about him. Further proof that Soros is also utterly insane, perfectly matched to his insane leftists fantasy view of the world.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 5:13:39 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: afraidfortherepublic
In 2006, even Dick Cheney emerged from his bunker to attend a party that Drath hosted.

Cheney had probably lost a bet.

18 posted on 07/07/2012 5:28:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

With the media elites finally vetting Obama’s two(!) memoirs, the term ‘fabulist’ has been thrown out there to describe him. This, from his fans.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 5:38:58 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: RoosterRedux

Thanks for the additional pictures.


20 posted on 07/07/2012 5:47:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: detective

Did SHE falsify her background? I thought that she was a straight arrow with a real resume.

I’m amazed at the names around their table — Scalia, Cheney, Clift, Soros. That’s quite a collection. And then the whole Iraq fantasy...Something about this reminds me of the Sahalie fiasco. It makes me think that the Washington Power Elite is just a house of cards that can be easily fooled by just about any con artist.


21 posted on 07/07/2012 5:54:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: RoosterRedux
Part of me even wonders if the NYT ran this article because they know it will resonate, consciously and unconsciously, because of Muth's parallels with Obama.

It is interesting that mention is made in the second paragraph that Antonin Scalia was a dinner guest of this charlatan. Apparently that is one of the "hooks" to get people to read the rest. (Riding the tail of the SCOTUS decision on Obamatax, perhaps?)

The article says Muth's father died when he was an infant and his mother "turned down opportunities to ascend higher", thus denying him his supposed rightful heritage. As a result, he develops into a self-indulgent, narcissistic, power-hungry homosexual who says he understands the reason Hillary stayed in her marriage to Bill Clinton. While there are definitely signficant similarities between Muth and Obama, I doubt that the NYT editors actually want people to come to the realization that Obama is a "fabulist" like Muth.

Seems to me that Obama is doing to America what Muth did to his wife. Both seem to act out of revenge toward their mothers, whose decisions caused them essentially to grow up fatherless. What is truly disturbing is that there are so many people who know the emperor is naked but are unwilling to leave his parade.

22 posted on 07/07/2012 5:58:04 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; BlackElk

Thanks for posting a very well witten article. Elk, this is a long read, but WELL worth it.


23 posted on 07/07/2012 6:01:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("Stronger. You see? You see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid! "--Eros, Plan 9 From Outer Space)
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To: arasina
I doubt that the NYT editors actually want people to come to the realization that Obama is a "fabulist" like Muth.

Not consciously.

But fabulists create a vacuum...a mystery that readers and writers want to fill.

The more we hear about the "liberties" Obama took with "Dreams from My Father," the more that vacuum grows for him (Obama) and his archetype, the "fabulist and/or con man."

And the more interest there is in similar stories...like Muth.

24 posted on 07/07/2012 6:40:23 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: afraidfortherepublic
After reading this I can finally understand how Obama became President! Shameful people, minds like cliquish teenagers hurrying after the popular high school hero. Just extend this perception of importance and ability to the whole Dem party and much of the populace of the USA.
25 posted on 07/07/2012 7:09:25 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
There’s a long history of fabulists who have ascended Washington’s social pyramid.

Barack Obama may be the biggest "fabulist" of all.

26 posted on 07/07/2012 7:14:39 AM PDT by kabar
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And this deviants, unfit to manage life, are touted by their enablers in the media as the “beautiful people” and Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential.”

Perhaps these pathetic poseurs make the twisted media mavens feel important. They feed on each other.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 7:35:33 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: WashingtonSource
I love how Soros complimented him that he was the kind of guy that would close the over door on Soros during World War II.

According to the article, Muth said that Soros said that about him. As much as I despise Soros, I would bet that was simply yet another self-aggrandizing lie by Muth. Fascinating article.

28 posted on 07/07/2012 7:48:32 AM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Strange tale.


29 posted on 07/07/2012 8:40:30 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Really interesting story. Thanks for posting.

Does anybody doubt how shallow and gullible these Washington elite are?

“That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” In the fall of 2006, two days after Obama’s The Audacity of Hope hit bookstores, Brooks published a glowing Times column. The headline was “Run, Barack, Run.”

“I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/09/20/fishwrap-of-records-resident-sap-confesses/


30 posted on 07/07/2012 9:06:30 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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Does anybody doubt how shallow and gullible these Washington elite are?

Shallow...definitely. You can add craven, feckless.

Gullible... I'm not so sure...some surely are.

I think most understand how the game is played and play along to retain whatever influence and power they can attain so to empower themselves at our expense.

31 posted on 07/07/2012 10:37:34 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Smokeyblue
I love Michelle Malkin, but now she'll have to share mask-shredding credits with this NYT writer, who's too good to be just another liberal.

Perhaps -- we can hope -- another Horowitz or Tom Wolfe in embryo?

Meanwhile, this tale offers a cautionary note to status-driven women: "Neither borrower nor lender be -- nor a beard, which can be hazardous to your health."

32 posted on 07/07/2012 10:45:20 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So very VERY creepy! How many secrets were shared with him? Is he the model for King Bozo Osmosis?


33 posted on 07/07/2012 11:37:06 AM PDT by Shady (There is no separation of powers..they want to ace the people out...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
[Art. credits] Franklin Foer is editor of The New Republic and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation.

New America Foundation <=> George Soros

Donors:
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Pew Charitable Trusts John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Board of Directors
  • Eric Benhamou - Chairman & CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures and Chairman, 3Com Corporation
  • Scott Delman - Founder, Capital Z Investment Partners
  • James Fallows - Chairman, New America Foundation
  • Francis Fukuyama - Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ted Halstead - Founding President & CEO, New America Foundation
  • Noosheen Hashemi - President, HAND Foundation
  • Laurene Powell Jobs - President of the Board, College Track
  • Kati Marton - Author and Journalist
  • Walter Russell Mead - Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Lenny Mendonca - Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Steven Rattner - Managing Principal, Quadrangle Group, LLC
  • Diane Ravitch - Research Professor of Education, New York University
  • Eric Schmidt - Chairman & CEO, Google, Inc.
  • Bernard L. Schwartz - Retired Chairman and CEO, Loral Space & Communications Ltd.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter - Dean, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Laura D'Andrea Tyson - Dean, London Business School
  • Christine Todd Whitman - President, Whitman Strategy Group
  • Daniel Yergin - Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates
  • Fareed Zakaria - Editor, Newsweek Internationals


Leadership Council
"New America's Leadership Council, chaired by John C. Whitehead, recognizes those individuals who contribute $25,000 or more to the Foundation each year. As members of the Leadership Council, they participate in the intellectual life of the Foundation in numerous ways. For instance, they are invited to attend a special annual retreat with New America senior staff, Fellows and Board of Directors, as well as a series of salon dinners across the country.


  • Eric A. Benhamou - Chairman, 3Com Corporation & Palm Inc.; Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC
  • Susan Chambers - Executive Vice President, Wal-Mart
  • Lewis B. Cullman - Founder & CEO, Cullman Ventures, Inc.
  • Laurene Powell Jobs - President of the Board, College Track
  • Peter Marber - Global Head of GEM Fixed Income and Currencies, HSBC Halbis Partners
  • Aria Mehrabi - Principal & Co-Founder, Pacific Star Capital
  • Lenny Mendonca - Chairmain, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Eric Mindich - Founder, Eton Park Capital Management
  • Steven Rattner - Managing Principal, Quadrangle Group, LLC
  • Eric Schmidt - Chairman & CEO, Google, Inc.
  • Bernard L. Schwartz -Retired Chairman & CEO, Loral Space & Communications Ltd.
  • Harry Sloan - Chairman & CEO, MGM, Inc.
  • Jonathan Soros - President & Co-Deputy Chairman, Soros Fund Management, LLC
  • John C. Whitehead - Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Foundation
Anybody remember ol' Bernie Schwartz? Guy who MIRV'ed the Chicom strategic missile force for Slick Willie while Bernie was at Loral?

How 'bout America-hating liberal double-domer Walter Russell Mead? And who said Christine Todd Whitman was a librul?

34 posted on 07/07/2012 12:38:31 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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bmfl


35 posted on 07/07/2012 5:01:28 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Interesting the Franklin Foer is a fellow at the New America Foundation and that is Soros-backed. What does that say about this article? It is not very flattering about Soros. Is this damage control?

BTW I see the odious Steven Rattner is on the board of The New America Foundation. Plus there are at least three hedge fund managers on this list.


36 posted on 07/07/2012 5:11:11 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Popman

Yes, gullible is probably the wrong word.

Craven and feckless are good descriptors too.


37 posted on 07/07/2012 5:11:37 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: lentulusgracchus

Eric Schmidt! This is disgusting. No wonder I despise Google.


38 posted on 07/07/2012 5:12:34 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I love the NYT comments that try to associate this flamer with Scalia and Cheney, ignoring the George Soros financing of this guy’s lunacies.


39 posted on 07/07/2012 5:28:07 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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