Tony Blair awarded Liberty Medal for human rights work – Bill Clinton – Behind the Scenes

Tony Blair came to Philly to pick up the Liberty Medal a few weeks back

but first he participated in a discussion on world events with President Clinton, and then discussed his book. The press was allowed to photograph him for about 15 minutes. Everything was great except we weren’t allowed to use flash and they wouldn’t arrange to have the step and repeat (the board behind them) centered so the photos looked more professional and consistent in promoting where the shoot was taking place. See how there is no Step and Repeat behind him?

But I did have a great time anyway. Afterwards we were ushered away to the auditorium

This is where the press hangs out after our allotted 15 minutes of shooting them.
And the Band played on at the VIP cocktail party before the ceremony

Rob and Roberta Kitchenoff. Before I became PhillyChitChat I used to do greeting cards and sometimes sell larger prints. Rob and I used to work at the same law firm, and then he left to start one with a few people. A dozen of my prints are in their offices on the wall. Roberta worked for 21 years with Campbell Soup but has now gone off and created her own company for brand marketing.

Charles & Elise Pizzi – Mr. Pizzi is Chief Executive Officer of Tastykake, and both of them are parents of my friend Justin Pizzi so it’s always so much fun to chat with them.
Karen Buchholz, VP of Administration for Comcast
Rick Beeman, Laura Buck, Louise Reed and Bill Buck

Harold and Denice Jackson
P.J. and Jennifer Kent who are a glow expecting their first child.

Sylvia and Al Glassman. Are the first foodies I knew. Way back in 2001 they were following and writing on Chowhound, as well as participating in discussions on new restaurants in Philadelphia. Sylvia was a teacher in the Philadelphia school system, and Al Glassman was once president of the School Board.
Brendan Kent, Maria Papadakis, and Katie Kent. i don’t think Maria ever takes a bad picture.
A few of the people above realized they were at the wrong party, as they should have been at the VIP VIP party where the world leaders were mingling with the guests. he cocktail party was over about 7PM and the guests moved to the outside area
and I had my dinner thanks to the Constitution Center.

It was a great turn out
Introductions Former Tony Blair, Former President Bill Clinton and

center president and chief executive officer David Eisner

Christiane Amanpour, CBE is anchor of ABC News’s This Week and formerly chief international correspondent at CNN does a tribute to Tony Blair.

Bill Clinton pays tributePresident Bill Clinton puts the Liberty Medal on Tony Blair

Opera singers entertain the guests
The Irish Tenors flew in from Ireland for the eventOne of my favorite memories of the night. After the event ended, and the most of the press left, Bill & Tony spontaneously started signing for the guests. I really had to choose get these photos, or get a historic signature.