The stuffy Federal Communications Commission is hosting a summer speaker series with some real heavyweights, like the inventor of the cellular phone and the fathers of the internet.
"We're a building of engineers and lawyers," explained an official.
And then there was Tuesday's speaker, TV reality personality Omarosa Manigault, whose claim to fame is being the first black woman on reality TV. She a perennial loser, once voted the most hated reality TV star of all time, despite being cast in about 20 shows, including "Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice."
Explaining why acting Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn invited her to speak before FCC staffers inside the FCC meeting room, the official noted that Manigault "called herself the first African American woman reality show TV star. Obviously we have a role to play on television."
Manigault, who worked for former Vice President Al Gore before making her initial appearance on the Apprentice, made famous by host Donald Trump, talked about her "policy experience" and work as a missionary in Haiti. She wasn't paid for her address.
The other speakers in the summer series are Martin Cooper, the inventor of the cell phone and first person to make a cell phone call, and Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, the "fathers" of the internet.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.