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Wearing a flirty dress that showed off the gams that made her a Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated dream girl in the 1980s, the Dutch-born Miss Van Der Wal told us that although she’s not able to vote due to her green card status, she still follows Washington politics closely for the benefit of her American-born daughter, now 9 years old.

She also recounted her trip to the White House during the Bush administration as she easily mingled with well-wishers at the mall.

“Let’s all move up, so we have better light. See I know about lighting,” she joked while agreeing to pose for a group photo with fans.


He may not be a supermodel, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd with style thanks to his newfound notoriety.

On Thursday , we ran into Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, at the opening of the new Kurdistan Regional Headquarters in Northwest. Donning one of his South Carolina palmetto tree ties, the quirky legislator was rebuked by his colleagues for his outburst during the president’s congressional address on Sept. 9. But at Thursday’s event, he was treated like a rock star.

Mr. Wilson waded through the crowd glad-handing, passing out business cards to any and everybody (including the wait staff). And we even witnessed him whipping out his wallet to an amused guest to show off pics of his family.

Could he be the next A-list on the scene? He’d certainly add some variety to the typical cocktail reception.

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