2015 July 20 – President Obama avoids Waldorf Astoria

This blog comments on news of interest, plus critiques new episodes of CBS’ TV shows, NCIS. Since the NCIS show is on summer sabbatical, we thought we’d comment on an interesting item of news and update NCIS fans on upcoming events.

This week’s article in the USA Today about President Obama avoiding the Waldorf Astoria hotel caught our attention. The article reports that a Chinese businessman has purchased New York City’s renowned luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria, where U.S. Presidents since Herbert Hoover have stayed in the Presidential Suite when in New York. Even though the seller, Hilton Hotels, will continue to operate the hotel for the new owner for some years, the contract also permits the Chinese to make renovations. It has long been the practice of both Russia and China to put listening devices in hotel rooms in Russia and China so that unsuspecting American guests, including government officials, can be spied upon. The U.S. State Department has admitted that their employees will no longer be staying at the Waldorf Astoria while conducting business at United Nations headquarters. If unsafe for low-level State Department officials, it’s certainly unsafe for the President of the United States.

We find this an intriguing development because in the 2010 release of our international spy thriller, Hero’s Ransom, General Wu, Director of the Chinese Spy Agency, and his delegation stayed at the Waldorf Astoria. They were testifying at the United Nations and FBI Agent Griff Topping and CIA agent Bo Rider were spying on the Chinese delegation from a room across the hall from their suite! Readers of our novel will remember the excitement as the U.S. team enticed a member of the Chinese delegation to defect and the reprisal Griff Topping risked in doing so. While we’ve written things that have later come true and we’ve been accused of having inside information, we would never have dreamed that one day the Chinese would own the Waldorf Astoria and potentially be spying on the American president in his suite.

Moffett coversMeanwhile on the topic of NCIS, we have great news to share. Not only has Mark Harmon signed a new contract for this coming year (Season 13), filming started this week. As we travel around, we continue meeting many, many fans of the original show. What do you think? Which is your favorite NCIS show? Will you be glad to see Leroy Jethro Gibbs back in action? We need him more than ever, to protect our heroes!


Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:09+00:00July 21st, 2015|News Commentary|7 Comments


  1. Nicole July 21, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Definitely need Gibbs. Always. Still miss Ziva. Favorite episode was when Tony left her in Israel.

    • john August 1, 2015 at 12:37 am - Reply

      NCIS has been a disappointment since Ziva left and it is not improving. The plots have gotten wimpy, no real action just totally predictable from one scene to another. How many exes are there left to kill off? The female stars continue to get killed off or leave and their replacements gets worse and not better. To bad Ziva can’t be the one to rescue Gibbs from the mess he has fallen into this time. I no longer make a point to watch it just dvr and blast by the commercials that have increased dramatically.

  2. Patti Schriver July 21, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    The original NCIS will always be my favorite.

    I don’t like to watch TV much; as I prefer to read; but I regularly watch 2 shows a week; one of them being NCIS. I don’t watch any of the spin offs; though I have seen them on occasion and liked them. I’d just rather do other things than sit in front of a TV. (Except when NCIS is on, of course!!!)

    • Diane and David Munson July 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      We agree with Patti. There is less and less quality programming on TV. We are of the opinion that everybody should switch to reading novels.

  3. Deb July 21, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Remember — NCIS was a spinoff from Jag. Loved that show. We’re glad to know that Mark Harmon will be back, just hoping he is back in the present tense and not flashbacks.

  4. Nicole July 22, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Loved JAG.

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