At least two out of the 60 honorees had been to the mount, although one of them, Rep. Lindy Boggs (D-La.) said she hadn't seen any tablets up there.
Standing on the patio of Katie Louchheim's Georgetown house last night, she the president had been very well prepared, asking "splendid" questions that pulled everybody back to the general questions at hand.
"I was the only generalist there," said Boggs, with a self-deprecating little laugh despite here membership on two important energy subcommittees of the House.
In the drawing room, Secretary of Commerce Juanita Kreps shared receiving line responsibilities with HUD Secretary Patricia Harris and presidential assistant Sarah Weddington -- Carter appointees who were feted at the reception. Kreps had been to Camp David yesterday, too.
"There were four of us -- Blumenthal, McIntyre, Marshall and I," said Kreps, naming the secretaries of the Treasury and Labor and the head of the Office, of Management and Budget, "but mostly they were economists from outside, with a few business and labor leaders. We were talking about the state of the economy and about projections. But we -- the Cabinet I mean -- were mainly listen The president wanted outside views."
Harris listened without comment. When someone asked if she had been to Camp David, too, she replied abruptly that she had not.
"I haven't been invited," she said. And no, she did not feel left out. "The president is calling people and inviting those he wants to hear from."
"We're not being invited for the women's point of view," Weddington had said earlier, setting the record straight where women at Camp David were concerned. "Women governors are invited because they are governors -- after all, one thing we're working toward is for women to be in the mainstreamm."
Women in the mainstream, in fact, is what it was all about last night. Calling herself "a closet feminist," Louchheim, deputy secretary of state for education and cultural affairs under Lyndon Johnson, said she and Weddington had been planning the party for some time.
"I thought I should get out and shake the tambourines again."
What had impressed her about Jimmy Carter was the number of assistant secretaries he has named who in turn have appointed woman to strategic government positions.
Weddington had figures to back up Louchheim: 21 percent of all the people Carter has appointed have been women as compared to the 12 percent in the Ford administration.
Secondary to the evening's purpose but no less important was the reunion in progress. "What going on?" asked Liz Carpenter, up from Texas to tape a segment for the "Good Morning America" show. "I can be here towwo days and dine out at home for a month."
"Why do you keep looking like a Congressional page?" she asked youth-ful-looking Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo).
When someone asked Schroeder where her much photographed rollerskates were, she confided, "I'm really a rink skater."
Some guests came without their husband: Bethine Church, B.J.Bentsen, Addie Yates and Helen Strauss, back from the mideast and telling about being lectured by a camp elder in jordan at a Palestine refugee camp. "He told me the people were in that camp because of American policy. I really did't expect the lecture but I kept my mouth shut. Queen Noor took me there -- she didn't expect it either."
Objects of everybody's affections, however seemed to be male visitors from Capitol Hill, among them Sens. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y); Joseph Biden D-Del), Quentin Burdick (D-N.D.) and Rep. Fred Rooney (D-Pa.) and at least one who used to be -- former senator Eugene McCarthy.
"He told me he's writing a book on ideas," said Liz Carpenter, who did not appear to be particularly surprised by the news. "After all, this is a town of armchair presidents, you know. That's what all of you are." CAPTION: Picture, Juanita Kreps, Katie Louchheim and Patricia Harris, by Fred Sweets - The Washington Post