Quote of the Day
Barack Obama thinks DC pols should act more like House of Cards‘ Rep. Frank Underwood (D -SC).
He told a bunch of tech CEO’s today at the White House, “I was looking at Kevin Spacey['s character Underwood], I was thinking man, this guy gets a lot of stuff done.”
Politico’s senior political reporter Alex Burns begs to differ:
False. Frank Underwood does not get anything done except an absurdly implausible federal ed reform law. And murder.
— Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) December 17, 2013
Burns forgets though – Frank Underwood also does a lot of rowing.
He also clearly spends lots of time coming up with witty asides and pithy monologues.
Glad you asked…
You know what would be stupider than outrage over the Obama-Castro handshake? An embargo on Cuba in the year 2013.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 10, 2013
But why should Dave get all the credit for the insight? Matt Yglesias has the same idea too:
@daveweigel You should link to my viral slate content making this point.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 10, 2013
This is the article Yglesias is referring to, FYI.
Jeeze Louise, we haven’t seen this much self-congratulatory B-S about a dead guy since…well I guess since the whole “OMG It Just Dawned On Us That JFK Died 50 Years Ago” fiasco of November 2013. At least one DC journo feels our pain…:
Note to DC pols: until you have the courage to, say, negotiate a budget deal, maybe go easy on the Mandela comparisons.
— MattBai (@MattBai) December 6, 2013
Everyone’s in a tizzy about Rand Paul’s cut-and-paste problem, the most recent example of which was reported yesterday. But is it really that big of a deal? At least one victim of the long lost Sticky Bandit doesn’t seem to mind. Dan Stewart, at The Week, whose writing on mandatory sentencing was lifted and included in Paul’s infamous Washington Time‘s column, has an interesting take:
I’m indifferent to being plagiarized because today’s media environment has changed what it means to have ownership of a piece of writing. Once your words are published online, they become part of the currency of the internet. They can be freely woven into others’ articles, quoted at length, or tweeted without context. None of us can afford to be that sensitive about how others use or abuse our work.
Of course, not everyone shares his view. The Washington Times has announced that it is nixing Paul’s weekly column.
QUOTES of the DAY
U.S. Senator just wants to tweet in peace
“Quit complaining abt my Twitter shorthand I know how to spell But Twitter limit is 120 characters” – Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. (It’s actually 140 characters, senator, but we’ll let you off the hook.)
“Looks like im bumped by Clinton on msnbc.” – lover of all things Fishbowl, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. And we were so looking forward to it.
Distaste for Creed somehow matches distaste for James O’Keefe
Intern worships Oprah
“Seriously Arizona, you are my Oprah.” – Daily Caller intern Caitlin Emma. For those not following the NCAA college basketball tournament, the University of Arizona beat Duke, the top team in the country, and sent them packing.
And while we’re on the subject of the Daily Caller
“Leaving Florida with two dozen tattooed, sun-burned, drunk people. D.C., here I come.” – Caller reporter Mike Riggs, who spent the week in his home state. Welcome back.
And while we’re on the subject of returning to D.C.
Betsy Rothstein returns to the Fishbowl on Monday and this is my last day doing the morning quotes (and since the tweets out of D.C. weren’t so great yesterday), I’m giving myself a quote:
“Will we be able to say the word ‘winning’ ever again? Cause that was like an actual word once that I occasionally used” – FishbowlDC’s Alec Jacobs, referring of course to Charlie Sheen.
Still not sure why this was so funny…but it was
“Can’t believe lobsterfest is over.” – Fox News contributor and former press secretary for President George W. Bush, Dana Perino.
QUOTES of the DAY
Fake Politico accounts respond
We reported yesterday on Politico editor-in-chief John Harris‘ memo to staff asking the anonymous geniuses behind @politicomouse and @FakeJimVandeHei to stop tweeting. One has listened. The other hasn’t.
“It’s #ironic that it’s doubled my follower account,” @politicomouse tweeted last night. Then the tweets turned serious: “Gotta be honest–I’m hurt. Hurt that apparently I’m annoying the newsroom. You’re all my colleagues and my friends. I’m sorry.” After that: “Pounding shots of Cuervo,,, trying not to cry. #HoldItTogether.” And just like that, the account was gone, as quickly as it had risen to Fishbowl stardom.
@FakeJimVandeHei, on the other hand, is still very much in existence. Last night, he tweeted: “Shorter John Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7nqwGt4-I” The video is of a crying baby.
This sounds a bit excessive
“I just got a full body pat down for TRAFFIC COURT!?! (@ DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – Adjudication Services)” – Human Events‘ Emily Miller, checking in on Foursquare.
Journo gets shit for his Twitter picture
“To the cabal of nice ladies who want me to change my avatar: Does it help to know it is a rubber novelty item?” – WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. An answer came quickly from fellow WaPo reporter Karen Tumulty: “No, it really doesn’t help.” The picture is at left.
You know what happens when you assume…
Though in this case, an assumption would probably be pretty safe. “I’m just going to assume HuffPost is hiring everyone until they tell me otherwise.” – Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
At least one person on Earth wants to hear Eddie Vedder play ukelele
“Eddie Vedder is making a ukulele-only album. This interests me.” – Chris Cillizza, who writes WaPo‘s “The Fix” blog.
Photo of the day
Mother Jones reporter Adam Weinstein “wantwantwantwantwant”s a stack of these. We’re sure he’s not the only one.
QUOTES of the DAY
“RIP Liz Taylor. I’ll miss you and your jewel-scented fragrances.” – FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic.
Kids these days
“Dear America: Please stop parking your fucking beater SUVs next to me so your brats can ding my fucking car. Jesus.” – Metro Weekly’s Sean Bugg.
Another new Daily Caller hire?
“@BRFoo you’re hired.” – the Caller‘s editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, responds to a follower who said, “@TuckerCarlson you need a twitter copy editor!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Pocket-tweeting: no one is immune
“On message, even while pocket-tweeting? Impressive. RT @democraticgovs: DddDdD” – NJ‘s communications director Taylor West.
There’s a motherf–king tweeter on this motherf–king plane
“Thought I would be able to unplug completely flying to London, but alas there is Internet so I must email and tweet at 41,000 feet.” – HuffPost editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, who can’t put down her phone. Even if it means disobeying the flight attendants’ instructions.
Editor attempts to build anti-Niall Ferguson consensus
Photo of the day
QUOTES of the DAY
Random guy owns unfortunate Twitter handle
“Also, Tom Pawson is the lucky owner of @tpaw. VERY lucky.” – Ethan Klapper, intern at NJ and managing editor of the American University Eagle. GOP 2012 hopeful Tim Pawlenty, referred to by supporters as “T-Paw,” announced his presidential exploratory committee yesterday, no doubt inspiring this tweet.
Journo single-handedly solves Japan’s nuclear problems
“I vote we nuke the reactor! RT @Slate: Readers have sent 112 ideas for averting total nuclear catastrophe in Japan” – FrumForum.com assistant editor Noah Kristula-Green, making his own suggestion for how Japan can avert a nuclear disaster. We wrote about it yesterday.
Politico reporter knows the difference between gang and mafia
“Is it really still a gang if there’s 64 members? I feel like it becomes more of a mafia at that point.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau, referring to a group of senators WaPo‘s Ezra Klein has strangely termed the “Gang of 64.”
And while we’re on the subject of Ezra Klein…
“and you write like a blogger -LW @ezraklein Leon Wieseltier writes like a man who learned nothing from his cocksure…support for the Iraq War” – Freelancer and former WCP writer Moe Tkacik in response to Klein’s attack on TNR‘s Wieseltier.
Editor appreciates musical modesty
“Things I like: the relative modesty of the dreams of ‘I Will Buy You a New Life’ and ‘If I Had $1,000,000.’” – Washingtonian.com editor Alyssa Rosenberg.
Gogurt and other useless things
“Anyone who can find me a more useless grocery item wins a packet of Gogurt. http://bit.ly/i2BzKR” - Slate‘s Annie Lowrey. Lowrey is referring to Kraft Foods’ Philadelphia Cooking Creme, a “one-of-a-kind, spoonable creme” that will “enhance the dishes you already make and inspire even more!” Sounds useful to us.
QUOTES of the DAY
D.C. journos chime in on Libya bombings
“Fuck. Another war.” – Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney.
“Massive anti-war protests against Obama in 3,2, never.” – Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
“Odyssey Dawn. Military Operation or band at SXSW?” – SNL’s Seth Meyers. ABC’s Jake Tapper responded: “@sethmeyers21 I saw them at Libyapalooza with No-fly Zone, East of Surt, and Sons of Moammar.” WCP‘s Benjamin Freed also chimed in: “Can’t it be both?”
“Newt Gingrich currently going through old speeches on his computer, frantically search-replacing ‘Kosovo’ with ‘Libya.’” – Dan Munz in a Saturday tweet. Last night, he added: “Journalists covering Libya: Wolf Blitzer applauds your work! You have not struggled in vain!” (Munz isn’t a journalist, but he’s a D.C. Twitter-er.)
Who does Mike Riggs hang out with, anyway?
“One of my friends just told me he was leaving soon to attend a (grown) coworker’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. What. The. Fuck.” – The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” in a Saturday tweet.
Ever the optimist
“Such a gorgeous day outside; surely, it’s only a matter of time before those gawd-awful leaf blowers start up to ruin it….” – WaPo‘s Ron Charles.
Poor cleaning lady
“Indonesian cleaning lady asked for music. Thought she wanted maria callas. Put on opera. She frowned all day, wanted MARIAH CAREY!” – ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. Stephen, Stephen, Stephen. At least you’ll know for next time.
Fishbowl’s favorite amateur photographer, CNN’s Ed Henry, shares some pictures of his trip to Brazil. A sampling:
“G’morn from #Rio, 2 bad i am working all day”
“Sun setting on Rio”