Now I know why Dan Shapiro returns my noontime calls at 10:45 pm


That’s 10:45 pm during a Law and Order SVU denoument. If you see what I mean.

And with a White House ID popping up on my phone.

Turns out the boy is wired, on Diet Mountain Dew.

His boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton, swearing in Dan Shapiro today at the State Department as the next U.S. envoy to Tel Aviv:

It is such a pleasure to welcome you here to the Benjamin Franklin Room for this very happy and important occasion.  But let me apologize right off the bat.  When Dan asked us to order several cases of Diet Mountain Dew for this party – (laughter) – we assumed there’d be enough for everyone.  (Laughter.)  But let’s just say Dan had other ideas, and apparently the White House figured out long ago and started a special Shapiro Strategic Stockpile – (laughter) of Diet Mountain Dew.  I now know what is going to be in pouches going from here to Tel Aviv.  (Laughter.)

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Levi Shemtov of American Friends of Lubavitch.

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