After our meal we listened to a nice speech given by the new Ambassador Howard W. Gutman. He focused on his desire to strengthen US and Belgium's relationship along with getting to know the 'real' Belgians and their culture. He is a very dynamic speaker who knows how to captivate an audience.
Here's a little background on him: Howard Gutman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009. Before being named Ambassador, Mr. Gutman was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. In his over twenty-six years with the firm, Mr. Gutman handled the full gamut of litigation, investigation, and counseling matters. Furthermore, he is a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1977 graduate of Columbia University. He assisted the 2008 Obama campaign on constituency work, media and fundraising and was a Trustee on the Obama Presidential Inauguration Committee. He has been a contributor to numerous television and radio programs, including frequent appearances on the Fox News Network during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Mr. Gutman appeared in several episodes of the HBO series "K Street," playing a Washington attorney and has made other movie appearances, including playing a high school parent in the 2009 release of "Fame."
Entrance to 'Le Plaza Hotel' where the event was located