Ever since Trump fired F.B.I. Director James Comey, the word “Watergate” has been on the news medias lips, every day.
In an act of kismet nobody predicted, the Watergate Hotel, which had been bought and sold several times over the years reopened one a year ago, with a $125 million renovation.
Its unexpected relevance has come with its competition, just up the road in the Trump International Hotel which just might be the symbol of a NEW D.C. scandal. The Watergate break-in is beginning to look quaint compared to Trump’s alleged conflicts and collusions.
When the Watergate made its big return last summer, the main story in most publications including this one was how the new co-owners, Rakel and Jacques Cohen. There are winky gestures in that the house pencils say
“I Stole This From the Watergate Hotel.”
But the hotel is certainly still having a moment. Is this political turmoil really good for business though? Rakel Cohen bristled at the suggestion on a phone call with Vanity Fair.
“We never take advantage of anything that goes on in the political side or even Nixon.”
Really? The keys read,
“No Need to Break In”
Anyone who’s put on hold after calling the 800 number gets to hear the Nixon’s speeches. Cohen says,
“Watergate did not become famous because of the scandal. The scandal happened here because it was so famous. All the presidents celebrated their birthdays here, celebrities were here. And that’s what we’re trying to bring back.”
Angie Fetherston, C.E.O. of Drink Company, which owns and manages several bars in the District, says
“I’m sure they get questions about the history all the time, but people go to the Watergate because it’s an awesome place to get a drink.”
Next time I’m in town, I’m going to have a drink there. Wonder if there’s “Covfefe Cocktail” on the menu? Click here for more pics and reservations.
(Photos, Watergate Hotel; via Vanity Fair)