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Susan Page: The FishbowlDC Interview

susanpagepic.jpgSay hello to USA Today’s Susan Page.

What word do you routinely misspell? Ahmadinejad. Or is it Ahmadinajed? Or Ahmedinejad? Or, in the pronounciation device passed on to me by William Saletan: I’m-a-dinner-jacket.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s the sound of a lute.

What time did you get up this morning? 5:55 a.m.

When did you last cry and why? Hey, I cry all the time. I cry at the drop of a hat. I cry at sappy TV commercials. Also when I’m trying to make a connection at O’Hare.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 400. Follow-up: How many emails do I receive a day that I actually want/need to receive? Seven.

What’s your favorite letter? L.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Bob Greene, my first editor at Newsday.

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, Glenn Kessler)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? This year, chair of the Heritage Committee at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. (Which is, by the way, the church with the longest continuous ministry in Washington, founded by the remarkable Stephen Bloomer Balch and with ties to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.)

Who is your favorite active journalist? Diane Rehm.

What did you have for breakfast? Poppyseed bagel and coffee.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Ummm. There are at least a dozen toiletry items that I couldn’t live without, and, like my children, I couldn’t possibly choose among them.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? If I could have a superpower, I think maybe it would having a Way-Back Machine like on the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.

Red or white wine? White.

PG-13 or R? R.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg.

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” “Wedding Crashers.”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Cafe Milano — outside.

Yankees or Red Sox? Yankees!

Jenna or Barbara? What?

McSteamy or McDreamy? McLeubsdorf.

Leno or Letterman? Leno.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart.

Boxers or briefs? Please. Have we learned nothing from history when it comes to that question?

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