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Glenn Kessler: The FishbowlDC Interview

GlennKessler1.jpgSay hello to the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, author of the new book, “The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Mispell

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I don’t know

What time did you get up this morning? 5:15 but only because I had radio interviews. Usually it’s around 6 am

When did you last cry and why? Last month, speaking at my father’s memorial service.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 300

What’s your favorite letter? G

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Lincoln Steffens, for his reporting on the federal government.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? In the Spring, Fairfax county Middle School leadership day.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Steve Coll

What did you have for breakfast? A mixture of spoonsize shredded wheat, wheat chex and corn chex.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Saline solution

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The United States

Red or white wine? Red

PG-13 or R? R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) breast

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday night

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Wedding Crashers

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Cafe Milano

Yankees or Red Sox? Cincinnati Reds (1970s team)

Jenna or Barbara? Jenna

McSteamy or McDreamy? I’m too culturally ignorant to understand this question.

Leno or Letterman? Leno

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart

Boxers or briefs? Only Bill Clinton answers this question.

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