Kerry Washington was on hand for a panel called "She's Making Media: Kerry Washington" at the Paley Center For Media in NYC on Wednesday. Kerry walked the red carpet in a white J. Mendel dress before sitting down with Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell inside the event. She spoke about her successful TV series Scandal, which premieres its third season this Thursday night, and touched on this week's government shutdown. Kerry revealed that she thinks the show's White House chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, could have persuaded the real-life Congress to change their minds, saying, "I don't know what Olivia would do, but I think in Olivia's world Cyrus would have handled it way before she would have to get involved."
Kerry herself has a personal connection to the Obama Administration, as she is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She took to social media today to urge followers to take advantage of the new Affordable Care Act with a "Get Covered" video, and used the news to remind fans of Scandal's return. When asked during the panel how she thinks Barack Obama is handling the federal government shutdown, Kerry replied, "I think our president is doing an extraordinary job and I think it's really unfortunate that so many people are without work right now at a time where a lot of people can't afford it," adding, "I wish that Congress can be more cooperative." Kerry is just the latest celebrity to weigh in on the news out of Washington, as a bunch of reactions, memes, and viral videos have come out following the shutdown.