By Judy Kurtz
Thune, who was smiling broadly despite sporting a medical boot on his right foot as he recovers from plantar fasciitis, hobbled into the festivities and exclaimed, “Big day, huh?”
Tapper, who penned a book last year about the war in Afghanistan, admitted he was “nervous” for the debut but thinks a certain memento may have given him a boost: “I wore cufflinks that were given to me by one of the soldiers in the book. They were West Point cufflinks. That was my good luck charm.”
Tapper added slyly, “We’ve got some more surprises up our sleeve.”
Also spotted at “The Lead” launch party: CNN President Jeff Zucker, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, CNN’s Dana Bash, House GOP aide Doug Heye, and Democratic strategists Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile.
Photo: (from left) CNN's Jeff Zucker, Jake Tapper, and Ken Jautz / Credit: E.M. Pio Roda/CNN