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Crashing the party: First couple set to shake up old-line D.C. society

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 Ukshep    23,182

Not a bad article!

Think of it as Reagan Redux: Russian sable blankets and Lear-lock at local airports. The resurrection of the $600 tasting menus and the 14-karat gold tins of Almas caviar. Faberge eggs for breakfast.

Washington is bracing for what may be the biggest seismic shift in taste and culture since 1981, when Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter decamped, and Nancy Reagan arrived with her $25,000 inaugural wardrobe ($60,000 in today’s money), not to mention her $200,000 White House china set.

From real estate agents to restaurateurs, caterers to cave dwellers, lobbyists to ladies who lunch, everyone in official Washington is asking the same question: Just how different will a Trump administration be?

“It’s like a military junta with a lot of billionaires sprinkled on top,” said Kevin Chaffee, a longtime local social observer and editor at Washington Life. “It’s going to be glitz. He loves glitz.”

But the president-elect also loves cherry-vanilla ice cream, See’s candies, taco bowls and fried chicken, eaten with a knife and fork.


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