(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
The Essence of Eric Holder – While the Fast and Furious scandal swirls around Attorney General Eric Holder, he ducked the heat to sit down with Essence magazine with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone. The article, titled “Holding Fast”, takes a look at the humble upbringings of the couple. Holder even addresses the recent battles that he’s gone through saying, ““It’s not going to stop me from doing the work I am dedicated to doing. In fact, it’s going to intensify my efforts.” Take that Matthew Boyle! (Daily Caller scribe intent on bringing him down.)
Hope and Chains - Politico’s Jonathan Martin gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Joe Biden is treated by his handlers in today’s political climate. Martin writes, “In an era of Twitter and saturation news coverage — when one stray remark can upend a day’s news cycle and campaigns struggle to shape their preferred message — politicians and their aides are increasingly intent on restricting the media’s interaction with candidates.” Biden has struggled with this new media reality and has stepped in it with numerous gaffes in recent days. JMart, who recently handled pool duty for VPOTUS, says that Biden’s handlers went so far as to try to edit his pool reports. Martin documents how the protective handlers tried to shoo Biden away from press while he was at a memorial for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting while “reporters asked him about his feelings upon seeing the site.” The question led Biden to become emotional and talk about tragedies in his life. What Martin DOESN’T say in his piece is that he’s the one who asked VPOTUS the emotional question. His pool report from the events says, “Your pooler asked what the memorial meant to him, prompting Biden to recall his own life’s tragedy. VP paused repeatedly as he answered in an emotional, solemn fashion.” He notes that emotional questions from other scribes on the topic weren’t even answered. How big of him. We’re getting misty just thinking about it.
Political Plates - WaPo’s Tom Sietsema recently traveled South to visit the host cities for the Democratic and Republican conventions to see what kind of food traveling journos can expect. Sadly, it ain’t pretty. On the mediocre meals, he says, “Having spent a dozen mealtimes in Charlotte and Tampa this summer, I can tell you that neither market was selected by convention organizers for its dining scene. In the spirit of bipartisanship, this traveling stomach can report that both are equally … middle of the road. Sietsema goes through a few options in each city and manages to squeak out a few suitable eateries, but it’s clear these cities weren’t picked for their culinary chops.
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