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Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

Sam Youngman Leaves Reuters

Political reporter  Sam Youngman has left his job at Reuters or parted ways with the company (however you want to put it). No word on where he’ll land next, but we’re sure it’ll be something interesting.

“Goodbyes are always weird,” Youngman told FishbowlDC this afternoon. “Some awesome, hard-working folks in that newsroom. But I’m excited to be a little more me. So for now, second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

Youngman left his job as a White House Correspondent for The Hill in November of 2011 to go to work as a campaign reporter for Reuters.

He soon added guidance:

AnonymASS Tipster of the Moment

AnonymASS writes in last week apropos of nothing tangible:

“This is the worst website I have ever seen you a horrendous fucking bitch.”

Note to ASS: We appreciate the incredible grammar prowess of “you a.” Please keep writing. Oh wait, is this Politico‘s Patrick Reis? Right, he much prefers to insult his own colleagues.

E!’s Chuy to Obama: ‘What’s Your Favorite Mexican Dish and Can I Invite You to Dinner?’

Guess who wants to invite President Obama to dinner?

It’s E!’s Chuy Bravo, the star nugget from “Chelsea Lately” who was tapped by The Creative Coalition’s CEO Robin Bronk for her “My 5 Minutes With the President” feature in The Hill this week.

Chuy has odd advice for Obama that include banning valets and getting a scooter like his to dancing to La Cucaracha. There are veiled hints at serious issues amid the lunacy. Read here.

Journo Perks: Addictive Red Velvet Cookies

On Thursday, a beautifully wrapped package with a big red bow arrived from BrandLinkDC, who had sent us three gynormous sandwich cookies in the shape of hearts. Two were red velvet; one chocolate.

Delicious.

Daily Caller Reporter to Appear on Bill Maher

Washington journalists are routinely called out to Los Angeles to appear on HBO’s “Real Time” With Bill Maher. On tap this week is The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein, who has often appeared on FNC’s “Red Eye.” It’s Jamie’s virgin Maher experience. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

He’ll be on the panel with”Morning Joe” regular and Random House Exec. VP Jon Meacham and Democratic pundit Donna Brazile. Other guests are Joel McHale and Robert Zimmerman (brother of George).

Erick Erickson’s Shocking Tong Tweet

Now that he’s with Fox News instead of CNN, all bets are off. More like, the chains are off and RedState‘s Editor is speaking with a candor he didn’t a week ago. Sure, it’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, but not elsewhere. Still, like BuzzFeed and their Speaker Boehner booger post, Erickson threw caution to the wind.

For the uninitiated, King Cake is a Mardi Gras thing. They bake a circular cake and hide a little plastic baby inside. The rule is, if you get the slice with the baby in it, you have to host the next party. We know he’s a family man who stepped out of his norm, but just for now, might want to keep Erickson away from tongs, babies and Planned Parenthood.

TWT Execs Want To Train You to Kill

Here’s a fun one.

This morning, TWT Chief Digital Officer (whatever that is) John Solomon‘s company, Packard Media Group, LLC, which powers TWT Editorial Page Editor Wes Pruden‘s site, Pruden & Politics, sent an advertising email to Pruden’s mailing list.

Subject line: Vicious SEAL Team hand-to-hand secrets — cancelled.

This is apparently the last “heads up” Pruden’s listees and a handful of “other Tea Party members” will receive about a video that is about to be permanently canceled. “I’m not screwing around here,” warns Bob Pierce, President of FightForce/TRS, who sounds rather violent himself.It’s the SAME set of wicked ‘end-it-now’ tricks used by likes of our U.S. Navy SEALS and Israeli Special Forces.

Forget the belts. Or long hours of practice — busy soliders don’t have time for all that, he says. The video, which costs only a $7.95 shipping fee, promises to teach you to control and dominate any violent situation you might find yourself in with anyone of any size. After just one watch!

Purchase the video and Pierce claims you will learn the following:

1. How to properly use your knee cap (to inflict maximum damage)

2. The punishing “nose bridge” (inflicts mind-numbing pain)

3. The thumb rake (blinding)

4. The Israeli Special Forces bone crusher (can shatter specific delicate bones)

The testimonials are fabulous. Read more

WaPo Names Merida Managing Editor

WaPo announced today that Kevin Merida will be managing editor, responsible for news and features coverage as well as the Universal News Desk. They report that his new role is effective immediately. Most recently, Merida was in the role of national editor.

“Kevin is a journalist of remarkable accomplishment, with a record of strong leadership. During his 20 years at The Post, he has covered Congress and presidential campaigns, as well as stories that called upon his great strengths as a long-form feature writer. He has cultivated a talented staff on the National desk, and he has won the admiration and affection of his colleagues. I’m delighted to have him leading coverage across the entire newsroom,” said Marty Baron, Executive Editor for The Washington Post, in a statement.

More personal info on Merida… Read more

D.C. Bar Bans Cameras Forever

Looking for a little privacy?
As of 6 p.m. today, P.J. Clarke’s Sidecar, in addition to going private, will ban cameras.  Forever.  Including at a soireé tonight. So forget about being seen in pictures or online.
Yes, it’s true. “In the the age of gripping and grinning every time there’s a flashbulb, Sidecar has said, well, no,” said Emily Hines, Sidecar’s Director of Private Affairs. After consulting their members, organizers thought it was a great idea to have someplace they could go and be social without the flashbulbs. And Phil Scotti, the owner of P.J. Clarke’s, is apparently just so not about the cameras.
A perk for journalists working under crushing late-night deadlines… Read more

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