I’m sitting in a tech investor conference in Washington DC, put on by my friends at the Precursor Group.
Normally Washington is one of of the worst places for WiFi connectivity
at hotels, so I wasn’t optimistic. But — wonder of wonders —
the Williard Hotel now has a free hotspot in the ballroom. The
SSID is “lobbyist,” which is a nice twist.
An old Washington story is that the term lobbyist originated right here
at the Willard, during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant.
Corrupt interest group representatives would meet with White House
figures in the lobby of the Willard. Hence, “lobbyists.”