Reprinted from yesterday's late edition.
She said her title was "Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (of Interior) of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, for the Delivery of Humane Services" - and she was the first to propose that something ought to be done about its length. But aside from that, she was also expressing a classic wish of Washington newcomers.
"I hope that it isn't a fraudulent society," said Hope Moore, musing about whether or not acceptability in Washington society goes with title or position. Her husband, John Moore, lawyer, Rhodes scholar, early Carter supporter and now head of the Export-Import Bank, sat quietly by, listening. She went on to explain that what she didn't like was buttering up the boss.
The Moores were among 160 guests Monday night at a bon voyage party given by Washington hostess Allison LaLand aboard the Potomac's answer to Paris' Bateau Mouche. She planned it as a farewell to friends leaving town for the summer and had divided the affair into what she called two "sailings." Guests could choose whether they wanted to go early or late, and, almost predictably, she said her social friends chose the 6:30 departure and her Senate and administration guests the 8:30.
The Moores, of Atlanta, were at the early sailing and kept more or less to themselves until one gregarious guest broke into their reverie. The next thing they knew they were being led across the floor, ostensibly to be introduced as the newest catch in the Washington social stream.
"It's not a political party," said the hostess, who nevertheless invited a sizable contingent of pols from the House and Senate.
"People think you have to give a party for someone," continued LaLand, who bought three hours aboard the enclosed, flat-bottomed sightseeing boat for $800 at a charity auction this spring. "But I think it's party for friends."
Her friends, it turned out, were both new and old, from Embassy Row and the White House, some staying in town and others leaving for fashionable retreats like Monte Carlo, southampton and Newport.
The boat pushed off from shore to the strains of "Anchors Aweigh," cruising between Georgetown and the monuments in 1 1/2 hours per sailing. The second contingent coming aboard included President Carter's new coordinator of human rights and humanitarian affairs, Patt Derian, Special Assistant to the President for Health Issues Peter Bourne and Deputy Director of Action Mary King.
Bourne said the last time he'd been on a Potomac cruise was at a fund-raiser a year ago for then-Rep. Andrew Young of Georgia - "which was a total waste, I guess," he laughed. (Bourne left yesterday for Colombia and talks there with the president on some "specific issues" to follow up Rosalynn Carter's discussions on drug trafficking when she toured Latin America.)
Mary King, who is married to Bourne, is back from a three-country tour of Peace Corps facilities in Africa. She said that 65 countries currently have American volunteers working with citizens and by next year another seven countries are expected to be added to that list.
"I was told time and time again that the Peace Corps has the best technical assistance available and that they can get scholars from Harvard and the Sorbonne by the dozens, but they can't get the people (volunteers) who go live in the villages."
Sally Shelton, rumored by some to be the President's nominee as ambassador to El Salvador, sid she did not "lift a finger" to get the appointment.
"Rumor has it that it will occur in the not-too-distant future," she said, claiming she had no more of an idea when that might be than anyone else.
President Carter's personal, secretary, Susan Clough, escorted by Mississippi Rep. Sonny Montgomery, ran into the Ambassador of Switzerland, Raymond R. Probst, whom she first met in Geneva when President Carter visited there in May. He thanked her for assisting with the visit this month by Swiss President Furgler's son Christopher, 20.
Chip Carter showed young Furgler through the White House although it had been Jeff Carter who first met him in Switzerland.
When one guest expressed surprise that young Carter had accompanied his father, Clough only smiled knowingly.
It had been clear sailing for both trips and it was only as the boat returned to shore for the second time that it started to rain, sending passengers running for their cars parked up the hill from the dock.