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More Gridiron Dinner Notes

From what we gather on Twitter, journos in attendance at last night’s white tie Gridiron dinner include: PBS’ Judy Woodruff and husband Bloomberg’s Al Hunt (who played the crashing Salahis in a skit), CBS’ Bob Schieffer, Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson, USA Today‘s Susan Page, Charlie Rose, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, CNN’s John King and Ed Henry, Helen Thomas and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, among others.

A few stand-out one-liners…

Headliner Bill Clinton on health care reform: “It may not happen in my lifetime, or Dick Cheney’s, but hopefully by Easter.” On the President’s recent appearance on Fox News, Clinton: he’s keeping his word to meet with hostile leaders without preconditions. And more from Clinton: I created 23 million new jobs, I really regret that 22 million of them were right wing pundits.

Senators Orrin Hatch and Claire McCaskill represented the Republicans and Democrats, respectively. Sen. Hatch got a laugh when he accidentally referred to President Clinton and “Bill Nixon,” recovering, “Bill Nixon is one of my closest friends.”

And from McCaskill: in Washington, we know there’s a huge difference between a prostitute and a politician. There are somethings a prostitute won’t do.

Politico posted lyrics to the songs performed, which included “Not Born in the USA,” a take on Bruce Springsteen and a joke on President Obama.

He’s got a darn suspicious middle name

Americans don’t name their kids Hussein

He claims Hawaii but the hell I say

Hawaii isn’t even in the U.S.A.

Time‘s Jay Newton-Small seemed to live-tweet the otherwise off-the-record dinner. Others like NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Arianna Huffington waited…

@AriannaHuff: No twitting allowed during gridiron dinner but now I’m free to report that bill clinton stole the show!

@MitchellReports: Bill Clinton at Gridiron in vintage form, after all the jokes appeals to journos not to forget Haiti over next few yrs

Last night was also an anniversary for the Gridiron Club- it was the 125th dinner.

More coverage: WashPost and Politico

In Memoriam: CNN Photojournalist Margaret Moth

We learned longtime CNN photojournalist Margaret Moth died of cancer at 59 years old. She sounds like someone we would have liked to know. Her obit from CNN.

“Suspicious Package” Show Coming Up


Need a release after a full weekend of covering health care reform? Join Suspicious Package- Tim Burger, Christina Sevilla, Tom Toles, Bryan Greene and Josh Meyer- at Gin & Tonic Friday.

Journos Find Time to Enjoy DC Weather

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Even in a news-filled weekend, this journo found time to enjoy the DC weather, walking his dogs in Georgetown this morning.

After the jump find out just who this is and who the journo who snapped his pic is too…

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Who Isn’t Covering Health Care Reform Today?

TVNewser has a round-up of cable’s coverage plans for today’s health care reform votes on Capitol Hill. But it isn’t just cable’s Luke Russert (he tweeted this morning “Election night is the political Super Bowl. Today is the legislative Super Bowl.”) and Brianna Keilar working overtime this Sunday…

From this morning’s Politico Playbook: The AP’s legendary Walter R. Mears, one of the stars of “Boys on the Bus,” will be filing from the gallery today.

Tweets From Tonight’s Gridiron


Ed Henry tweeted this pic of headliner President Bill Clinton arriving late to the Gridiron dinner.

No C-SPAN, no President Obama, but at least we have Twitter!

Thanks to a few elite DC journos invited to tonight’s white tie Gridiron dinner- like CNN’s Ed Henry and Time‘s Jay Newton-Small- we’re in on the jokes. They’re tweeting!

@JNSMALL: Obama on video to Gridiron: greeting from America’s 2nd black president

@JNSMALL: Obama says he’s sorry he’s not here he’s following a process of utmost importance: if Kansas gets knocked out his brackets r screwed

Well hopefully the Gridiron attendees have a better night than the Jayhawks!

CBS Toasts Retiring Hill Producer on 35 Years

After nearly 35 years with CBS News, the Washington bureau toasted Hill producer Evelyn Thomas on her retirement in the newsroom this afternoon.

Her closest colleagues- Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes and producers John Nolen and Jill Jackson- couldn’t leave their posts for the celebrations, but called in to offer their congratulations. “For some reason, it’s pretty busy up here,” Cordes joked.

Such a well-liked producer, bureau chief Chris Isham said she could now start her campaign for Congress, and chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer shared memories of covering the infamous Ken Starr report with Thomas.


“This Week” This Weekend…

Just in time for the anticipated vote on health care reform, it’ll be senior Congressional correspondent Jonathan Karl in the “This Week” anchor seat on Sunday. Check out the Sunday Show Preview for his guest line-up.

No Obama, No C-SPAN at Gridiron’s Annual Dinner

President Obama won’t be at tomorrow evening’s Gridiron dinner– and neither will C-SPAN.

The Gridiron Club has rejected C-SPAN’s request to open the annual event to cameras.

Via Politico: “I understand and sympathize with your concern that maintenance of our dinner’s traditional off-the-record policy conflicts with and undercuts the desire of the press and the public to achieve greater access and openness to government,” Carl P. Leubsdorf, the club’s secretary, wrote to C-SPAN chairman and CEO Brian Lamb.

“[W]e continue to believe that the admission of camera coverage would negatively impact the ambience of our dinner and damage its unique character. As a result, we cannot agree to your request and plan once more to urge our guests to refrain from using any personal cameras or other video equipment.”

Former President Bill Clinton will headline the white tie dinner and President Obama will appear in a taped message, just as he did at Wednesday’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner.

Amanpour Says Au Revoir to CNN, Explains Why Leaving

As Christiane Amanpour prepares a move to Sundays on ABC, she said “au revoir,” but not goodbye, to CNN colleagues in this note today.

And after 27 years at the cable network, the “This Week” announcement left many wondering why…

So why am I leaving? In my heart I am not. This has been the most difficult of decisions. I am simply taking the next challenging and difficult but exciting step. I believe more than anything that knowledge and familiarity with important international news and events abroad are fundamental to Americans today. This rare chance to take international news to a broader base here in the United States is one that I felt I could not turn down. I will take everything I have learned, and loved, here at CNN and put it into action!

Amanpour’s full memo after the jump.

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