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Word on the Hill: Look Back on the Obama Years

Taste of Japan and new BBQ burgers

The Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary about former President Barack Obama next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary about former President Barack Obama next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Miss him yet? A documentary about former President Barack Obama is coming out soon. 

A special private screening of “The Obama Years: The Power of Words” takes place this evening at 7:15 p.m. at the National Museum of American History.

The screening is hosted by the Smithsonian and Comcast. Watch for HOH’s coverage of the film.

The documentary will air on the Smithsonian Channel starting March 3.

Also happening today…

The Taste of Japan Honorary Award reception is at 7 p.m. at The Event Space, 641 S St. NW. The occasion is hosted by the Embassy of Japan and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, and will recognize the Daikaya Group for their efforts to raise awareness of Japanese cuisine and will feature the group’s ramen dish.

Senators attend film screening

A special screening of “I Am Jane Doe,” a film that chronicles that stories of several victims of human trafficking who say they were trafficked on the website, was scheduled to take place Monday evening at the Navy Memorial Heritage Center. Attendees were expected to include Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who spearheaded an investigation into the website, and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

“‘I Am Jane Doe’ is raising awareness about this horrific crime and shedding much-needed light on this issue,” Portman said in a statement. 

McCaskill knows how to fight like a girl

McCaskill tweeted Monday that she is “all good” after her one-year breast cancer follow-up. Almost a year ago, she disclosed her diagnosis and announced that she was undergoing treatment.

Immigrant innovators

Nearly half of the innovators responsible for America’s most consequential innovations are immigrants or the children of immigrants, according to a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Of that 46 percent, more than 17 percent are not U.S. citizens. Check out the full study here.

D.C. cultural event of the day

Have you dialed back on eating since gorging out at Super Bowl parties? You might want to reconsider. Shake Shack today launched barbecue menu items at all of its DMV locations.

They include the BBQ ShackMeister Burger, a cheeseburger topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and Shack BBQ sauce; the BBQ Chick’n Shack, a crispy chicken breast with Shack BBQ sauce and pickles; and the BBQ Bacon Cheese Fries, crinkle-cut fries topped with all-natural smoked Niman Ranch bacon, Shack BBQ Sauce and cheese sauce.


“It’s the first time I’ve ever been to a Lady Gaga concert with Mike Pence.”

— Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during a speech on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas, referring to his attendance at the Super Bowl in Houston last Sunday with the vice president.

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