November 11, 2019
While David Rubenstein has completed more than 130 Club interviews in his 12 years as Economic Club President, October 2019 was his first time being the interviewee since 2004. To open the Signature Event, Economic Club First Vice President, Carol Melton, introduced Rubenstein and recounted his generous philanthropic donations, which he coined "patriotic philanthropy." As Melton stated, the world looked a lot different the last time the Economic Club interviewed Rubenstein. "Flip phones were all the rage, Facebook was founded, the World War II Memorial was dedicated, George W. Bush was re-elected President, and Major League Baseball returned to Washington as the Washington Nationals."