A New York Observer profile of NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker looks at the differences between D.C., where Whitaker is now stationed, and New York City, where he's spent most of his career. (OMB chair Peter Orzag can turn heads at a D.C. party, but in NYC, no less than Beyoncé or Tom Cruise will do the trick!)
Along the way Whitaker makes an observation all New Yorkers can identify with–all New Yorkers who spend their waking hours rubbing shoulders with the wealthy, powerful and influential, that is. Pointing out how exciting things are currently in the capital, Whitaker reflects on the grim situation in NYC: "You go up to New York and everyone is talking about how much money they lost and who invested with Bernie Madoff."
It would be naive to think that someone assigned to that job would have much contact with the less than well-heeled, but it is a valuable reminder.