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Rival Parties
D.C.’s socialites face off.

Rival Parties

In keeping with Barack Obama’s theme of bringing together adversaries, dueling D.C. socialites Buffy Cafritz and Rima Al-Sabah have vowed to attend each other’s back-to-back inaugural parties. It’s an impressive act of peacemaking, given that Cafritz criticized Al-Sabah’s entertaining style in a prickly 2007 Vanity Fair article about the demise of social Washington. Especially since the public dis only heightened the competition between the two hostesses: Cafritz lined up five high-profile cohosts, most notably Vernon and Ann Jordan, for her event, while Al-Sabah, whose husband is the ambassador of Kuwait, lined up seven, including Washington Post chairman Donald Graham, Mayor Adrian Fenty and local architect Leo Daly.

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