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Archives: April 2010

Happy Birthday Sam Youngman

A very happy birthday shout-out to The Hill’s White House correspondent Sam Youngman.
We hope it was a good one.


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Kim Kardashian Turns Down CBS for FNC

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FNC has announced that it will bring Kim Kardashian as a guest to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. CBS’s Katie Couric invited Kardashian and football star Reggie Bush a few months back, but Kardashian turned CBS down.

If she’s anything like she is on E!’s “Keeping up with the Kardashians” her presence should cause some chaos — to say the least. Another fact: she recently made People’s Most Beautiful People of 2010 issue.

Follow FishbowlDC for WHCD Coverage All Weekend

While weekends on the “bowl” are generally slow, this weekend is the ultimate exception. Check in often and follow us on Twitter @fishbowldc as we can pretty well guarantee that we (and our coverage of WHCA festivities) won’t dry out until Monday.

From the Time/People party, National Journal‘s Green Dinner, First Amendment Party and WHCA Dinner itself to the brunches, pre-parties and after-parties, FishbowlDC will be working all weekend long to bring you full and extensive coverage of the WHCA Dinner weekend.

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Three Generations of Malveaux Women Walking for a Cure

Malveaux with her mother, twin sister and niece.

Tomorrow will be quite the day for White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux.

She, along with her mom, twin sister, Suzette, and niece, Nailah, will be walking tomorrow and Sunday in the Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon. That’s 26.2 miles of walking for a cure by three generations of Malveaux women. Suzanne will sneak off tomorrow evening attend the famed dinner and then return to the camp site for a full day of walking on Sunday.

Read more details here.

Awkward Seating Chart at WHCA Dinner 101

Awkward mike-mark-2.jpg On May 1 political Washington will convene for the biggest, flashiest event of the year: the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Arranging seating charts can’t be an easy task. So we’ve put together some of the most awkward, hazardous seating options so everyone can be on the lookout. Granted, not everyone we’ve placed here will necessarily have a ticket to the hot event. But then again, you never can tell… (Above are: BFF’sPolitico’s Mike Allen and NYT’s Mark Leibovich.)

MSNBC: President Phil Griffin and hosts Keith Olbermann and Donny Deutsch. (Deutsch was canned last week for putting Olbermann in a segment called “America the Angry.”) Former Host David Shuster, who recently disappeared from MSNBC after he applied to CNN, should sit there as well.

ABC: Jake Tapper and soon-to-be ‘This Week’ Host Christiane Amanpour. We’re sure they’d both be more than cordial. But awkward? Indeed.

CNN: Larry King and Pamela Anderson. King recently had Anderson on the show and pressed her on whether she’d date her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Damian Whitewood if he wasn’t already seeing someone. It’s a highly awkward pairing all in all, with a suspender-clad King with his slicked by hairdo and Anderson, with, of course, her gazongas. Where else is King supposed to look? “You’re a seductive, sexy person,” King recently told her.

FNC: Brit Hume and Tiger Woods (they can chat about Buddhism). Also…Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). (In March, Frank went on O’Reilly’s show. O’Reilly called him a “coward”. To which Frank replied, “Bill, here’s the problem with going on your show. You start ranting. And the only way to respond is almost to look as boorish as you.”)

CBS: CBS News anchor Katie Couric and former Alaska Gov. and FNC Contributor Sarah Palin. Topics they could discuss: newspapers they read, and SNL Host Tina Fey should show up and say hello.

Washington Examiner: Reporter Tara Palmeri and actor Sean Penn. (Palmeri got thrown out of a Haiti-themed event last month when she posed a question to the actor based on a comment he had made saying that he wished rectal cancer on his enemies.) Topics they could discuss: rectal cancer, temper issues, press conference etiquette and more…

WaPo: Sally Quinn and the various reporters at the paper who badmouthed her column that was recently cut.

The Hill: Editor-in-Chief Hugo Gurdon and Kim Hart (the Hillicon Valley blogger who just left The Hill for Politico). Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. New boss, old boss kind of situation.

The Daily Caller: Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (Some may remember back in the day when Carlson hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” when Stewart came on the show and called him a d–k.) Here’s the exchange between Carlson and Stewart. Carlson: “I do think you’re more fun on your show.” Stewart: “You’re as big a d–k on your show as you are on any show.”

Roll Call: Reporter Shira Toeplitz and Editor Charlie Mitchell. Toeplitz is the first member of Roll Call’s editorial staff to leave the publication for Politico, where she starts next month. Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. Everyone should get acquainted. In case anyone’s confused, VandeHei is now table hopping and will soon join his bosom buddy, O’Reilly.

NJ: NJ’s top-tiered editors, reporters and recently canned magazine columnists as they figure out who is expendable in the upcoming reorganization. For prime discomfort, the two members of the task force (who helped decide that the publication needs to make changes and lose eight members of the editorial staff) should be seated with the rest. The third, Shane Harris, now works at Washingtonian.

HuffPost: Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington and WaPo columnist George Will, both of whom are regulars on the ABC “This Week” roundtable. Could Will glare at Huffington more? The pair disagrees on pretty much everything under the sun. Could they make it through dinner without a food fight?

Politico: Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who just wrote an 11-page profile on the scribe that has made Allen the talk of the town in good, bad and weird ways. Topics they could discuss: Allen’s hoarding problem, where he lives, and what his father did for a living.

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Roundtable from hell: ABC’s Jake Tapper and Christiane Amanpour along with
Arianna Huffington and George Will.

Note to readers: Yes, we’ve photo-shopped the faces and placed them on the bodies of dinner party guests (A major shout-out to MS for your talent.).

See more awkward pairings after the jump…

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Sunday Show Preview: 05.02.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Gov. Charlie Crist (FL), Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), and Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.).

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. JD Hayworth (R-AZ).

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, HBO’s Bill Maher, Rev. Al Sharpton, Matthew Dowd, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ George Will.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary; Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary; Marco Rubio, Florida GOP Senate Candidate; Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Governor; Senate independent candidate.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, US Coast Guard, former astronaut Sally Ride and a panel with FNC’s Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Mark Leibovich, New York Times; Amy Argetsinger, Washington Post; Jane Hall, Associate Professor, American University; David Zurawick, Baltimore Sun; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture Commentator.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid, Politico’s Eamon Javers, WaPo’s Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, NJ’s Margaret Kriz Hobson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman, Newsweek Senior Washington Correspondent; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune Columnist; Gloria Borger, CNN Senior Political Analyst.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers:

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and member of the Council of Economic Advisors; Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); and Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

A ‘Lab Day’ Luncheon on Capitol Hill, Stars Included

Sager-2272.jpg What would the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend be without stars? Lucky for political types, these same stars are also forced into do-gooder activities like this one for Lab Day at the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill earlier today. The stars were part of a group dispatched by the Creative Coalition.

They included: Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Morley Safer, Omar Epps, Cheryl Hines, Marlon Wayans, Wendie Malick, Barry Levinson, Richard Schiff, and Steven Weber, who were all on hand to talk about the importance of arts education and how that relates to students enjoying science and math (subjects that kids generally, of course, hate).

We hear that HBO “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier could not have possibly looked more bored. Someone described it to FishbowlDC saying, “ADD kids in Geometry class without bathroom breaks look less bored.”

In the photograph, Delany (“China Beach”, “Desperate Housewives”)chats up some guests. (Photography courtesy of Randy Sager Photography Inc.)

More pictures after the jump…

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And the Celebs Roll In…

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Victoria Michael, Adrian Grenier, Christine Delargy and Pamela Sorensen.

Members of the Creative Coalition were among the first stars to roll in to town before this weekend’s WHCA Dinner. Celebs Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Adrian Grenier, Barry Levinson, Cheryl Hines, Morley Safer, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans Steven Weber, Wendie Malick, Richard Schiff and Patricia Arquette joined Lani Hay, President & CEO of Lanmark Technology for a private dinner following The Creative Coalition’s performance event at the Library of Congress yesterday evening.

Representing Washington media were CBS’ Christine Delargy, Pamela Sorensen, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Kate Michael, Jessica Hoy and Tim Burger who mingled with notables such as Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Victoria Michael and the city’s favorite master of the Rose Ceremony, Andy Baldwin.

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Hostess Lani Hay with Marlon Wayans.

The Fishbowl Interview With WHCA Prez Edwin Chen

obama and ed.jpg Bloomberg’s White House Correspondent Edwin Chen has got to be one of the nicest journalists in this town. He stands in some very big shoes this weekend as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association — in other words, the man who has had to deal with so much ego &*))$#!# over the last several months it would make your head spin. He deserves a big round of applause. (Note to readers: We’ve amended our regular interview this week to make it relevant to the weekend.)

What is your favorite moment from all White House Correspondents’ Dinners Past? My most memorable moment was during the 2008 dinner, when Laura Bush turned the tables on me during our discussion about the pros and cons of President Bush attending the Summer Olympics in Beijing — when she asked ME whether he should go.

What dress color ought a woman wear to the dinner? Best dress color — the one my wife wears.

Which party is typically the most fun? Most fun party — As we like to say at Bloomberg… Let’s party!

Aside from Jay Leno, who is your idea of a dream entertainer? Conan O’Brien.

Which star at the event has made you star struck? The same one every year: Meredith Ferguson Chen, my darling wife.

Richard Simmons Dons the Short Shorts – Again

richard_simmons.jpg One important question: does Richard Simmons have cleavage?

Some of you might be thinking, oh, no. No more Simmons in shorts shorts counseling fat women on how to not be fat anymore.

Well, you’re in luck. It’s not fat women, it’s schoolchildren. Wearing a sparkling tank top with the word, “Sweat” on it and yes, those signature striped short shorts that barely cover his you-know-what, Simmons offers a video congratulations to Matt Shimura, first prize winner of C-SPAN’s Studentcam contest for his video on childhood obesity.

Shimura used a clip of Simmons in his winning video documentary. This is Simmons’ congratulations back to him.

Watch the stunning video here.