At the dinner, the two species continue to mingle. The actor Damian Lewis of “Billions” chats with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Singer Aretha Franklin sits near Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Gingrich is seated with actor Jeff Goldblum, though their wives separate them. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has a prime seat up front. How would the populist politician change this lavish affair, with thousands of plates of scallops, shrimp and steak, followed by petits fours? “My answer would be too controversial,” he deflects.
-Alexandra Wolfe ‘White House Dinner: Where the ‘Nerds’ Mingle With the ‘Cool Kids’‘ The Wall Street Journal