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McCrory to dine on alfalfa

Posted January 25, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife, Ann, greet well-wishers Friday at an inaugural gala.

— Gov. Pat McCrory's public scheduled for the weekend includes one stop: The Alfalfa Club's Centennial Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

The Alfalfa what? CNN gives this brief history:


The Alfalfa Club was started by four Southerners in Washington's Willard Hotel in 1913. Its sole purpose was an annual night out for the boys, and it took its name from a thirsty plant that sends its roots deep down looking for liquid refreshment.


According to The Washington Post, the annual gathering of political Who's Who includes a "jokey nomination of a VIP guest as its candidate for president."

The club started admitting women in 1994. More on the club's history from the Post:


It was founded in 1913 to honor the birthday of, er, Robert E. Lee. That fact gave Obama a decent zinger when he addressed the club in 2009, just days after his own historic inauguration. “If he were with us tonight, the general would be 202 years old,” the president joked. “And very confused.”


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