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Chef José Andrés Offers GW Commencement Speech

14212658491_7d2d3160bc_zAt yesterday’s George Washington University commencement, chef José Andrés addressed 6,000 graduates and their 20,000 guests in a ceremony that took place on the National Mall, before the Capitol and with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.

Just before diving into his speech, Andrés directs attention to the jumbotrons for a star-studded video that explains how he was offered his invitation by GW President Steven Knapp.

Up pops Craig Ferguson. “Oh, President Knapp! Good to hear from you,” he says from the set of the “Late Late Show.” Unfortunately, he’s “watching TV that night” and suggests Andrés, who “has an accent that’s even harder to understand than mine.”

Throughout the video, Eric HolderAl RokerGwyneth PaltrowMorgan FreemanJesse Tyler FergusonSam WaterstonMatt Dillon and Owen Wilson all make appearances, each one turning down the offer and suggesting Mr. Andrés as the next-best choice.

The two-minute piece ended with Ferguson providing Andrés’s email address: sparklypaellaboi@hotmail.com. “That’s b-o-i,” he says.

Check out the video, after the jump. Read more

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Fox News’s Rick Leventhal: ‘Shart’ is a word!

Thank Al Roker for this one.

If you’ve ever played Words With Friends, you’ve seen this screen all too often: “not an acceptable word.” Its appearance correlates strongly with how far behind your opponent you are, or how tiresome the game has become. You see it most at the point when you’ve justed start throwing up random letters and pressing “play” in the hopes that something will stick so you can move on with life.

We’re not sure if Fox News‘ senior correspondent Rick Leventhal was at that dire point of desperation when he tried to play the word “shart” in a game this weekend, but it does, ah… reek… a little of desperation. And Words With Friends would have none of it.

“This is SO not fair…,” Leventhal said on Twitter after the game told him “shart” was not going to cut it.

For those of you possibly still unsure of what shart means—Roker obviously not withstanding—we give you the Urban Dictionary’s top explanation: “a small, unintended defecation that occurs when one relaxes the anal sphincter to fart.” We prefer, however, definition number two: “gas followed by mass.”

We suggest an immediate addition to the AP Stylebook.

Maybe more notable, though… Read more

David Gregory’s Innocent Father’s Day Question Elicits Love, Hate and Typos

A little Father’s Day loving can go in wayward directions. On Sunday, NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory solicited stories on Twitter about viewers’ fathers and what they taught them. A lovely, innocuous post to celebrate the day. But this is online, where things often take twisted turns.

We begin with Gregory’s innocent question.

 

A variety of responses rolled in. Including one from NBC weatherman Al Roker, whose response is so riddled with awkwardness and typos that we wondered, was it intentional? Read more

Memorial Day: Who Did it Well?

Washington journalists and political onlookers took to Memorial Day much as they would any other day. They flooded Twitter with the gamut of occasionally entertaining and mind-numbing commentary. Some felt some need to lecture their peers, while others had serious matters to address — in one case, a decision to quit drinking, which was later praised by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Here we offer 11 ways in which the writers and political types reacted to Memorial Day. Who did it well and who has major room for improvement next year?

A sicky on Memorial Day Weekend sees the glass half full: Shop till you drop!

“You know what you can do a lot of while you’re home sick in bed for 3 days? Online shopping. You can do a lot of online shopping.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Troops. What troops? This is my anniversary.

“Memorial Day 2004 I made a decision that changed my life. I haven’t had a drink since.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.

Short, sweet and just right.

“Thank you. #MemorialDay.” — NBC’s Kasie Hunt.

Who better to salute the troops than Sherri Shepherd?

“Thank you to all the veterans who have defended our freedom. And thank you to all military personnel who sacrifice daily. God bless you.” — ABC “The View’s” Co-host Sherri Shepherd, who took a brief break from oversharing to thank the troops.

Reality sets in. The weekend is not a break from murder, wildfires.

“Twelve people were shot in four days over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.” — The Baltimore Sun.

“Surging wildfire forced more than 1,000 people, including Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara.” — NBC’s Al Roker.

How thoughtful. The Lecturer.

“#MemorialDay: Enjoy the holiday, but take a moment to remember the reason behind it.” — Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi, who often has a thing or two to say about Washington politics and journalists. Thank God she reminded us what the day is really about.

The instigator and would-be weatherman tries to incite the progressives.

“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!” — Donald Trump.

Fun in the sun!

“Having fun in Chris and April’s pool over the Memorial Day holiday with @DexterVonFrisch.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. Dexter, his dog, won FBDC’s DogBowl 2011 as the cutest dog in Washington.

But, unfortunately, it’s not all fun and swimming with adorable dogs.

“I officially live in the Ghetto, local store robbed, my pool didn’t open on memorial day and the air condition is broke, shall I name names?” — DC’s answer to paparazzi, Marky Mark, a.k.a. Celebrity photographer Mark Wilkins.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture. Clearly, I won the day.

“I spent Memorial Day with @TeamRubicon, fighting the battle of SW 7th St in Moore, Okla.” — TIME‘s Joe Klein. Read all about it here.

Rounding out Memorial Day on a gay note.

“Standout lead performances from Michael Douglas & Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic light up HBO’s #BehindtheCandelabra.” — Miami Herald feature writer Howard Cohen.

 

Sorry, Prince Harry, Savannah’s Off the Market

NBC “TODAY” Show host Savannah Guthrie was all smiles this morning as she revealed her engagement to political consultant Mike Feldman, setting off a flurry of reaction in Washington and beyond.

Guthrie flashed her diamond ring on air. Weatherman Al Roker tweeted that actor Bradley Cooper brought Savannah flowers for the occasion. NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer remarked, “Two great people — Savannah and Mike — awesome news!” CNN’s Jessica Yellin added, “Wowza. Check out that pic! Congrats guys!” And Co-host Willie Geist assumes his invitation is in the mail: “Two of the greats. Spoiler alert guys: I already grabbed the shower caddy off your registry.” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote, “Congrats to Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman!!!! Xoxo.” NBC Washington’s Angie Goff wrote, “Congrats Savannah! You’ll make a beautiful bride.” And Mediaite founder and ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams added his congratulatory note, saying, “Two people I’ve really liked and respected for a long time.”

Savannah had a pointed message for Prince Harry… “Tell him I’m no longer available.”

Even US Weekly splashed it up on their site this morning.

See Cooper giving flowers to Savannah. Read more

Al Roker: My First Big Break

Former Washington, D.C. weatherman, Al Roker appears on NBC’s “Today” Show, has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did everyone’s favorite morning forecaster go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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Morning Reading/Watch List 01.22.13

1. President Obama blows Fallows’ mind. In a quick reaction post, The Atlantic‘s national correspondent James Fallows says how surprised he was by the President’s second inaugural address. He writes, “I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on.” Read here.

2. Has NBC’s goofball weatherman Al Roker lost his mind? He’s already shit his pants and went commando in the White House, so it’s really hard to go down from there. But Roker makes a valiant effort. NowThisNews features the “sharter-in-chief” at the Inauguration parade in which he makes such a spectacle of himself that the Vice President has to come say hi. “Al Roker wins today. He is ridiculous,” tweets Sarah Kenigsberg. Watch here.

3. WaPo‘s Wemple wants to save world from NYT’s Kantor. Kantor takes a much deserved beating from Wemple, who wonders why Jody Kantor keeps writing stories on the first couple without interviewing them. He’s right. It’s annoying already. It’s the NYT. They should be better than this. He writes, “It’s a story that would have benefited quite a bit from some direct input from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.”

Politico Staff Meeting Delayed to Wednesday

Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris is holding a staff meeting to sketch out the year ahead. The meeting, originally scheduled for today, has been moved to Wednesday due to a personal conflict with newsroom leaders. Harris didn’t elaborate. Staff is being given a choice of three time slots. While the meeting isn’t mandatory, employees can sign up for any of the offered times.

We do hope none of the leaders suffering from an Al Roker-related issue. Hey FakeJimVandeHei: Can you live-tweet this thing?

Stay tuned…

Scarborough Makes 3 Roker ‘Poop’ Jokes

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today Joe Scarborough couldn’t nearly get his fill of Roker-White House “poop” references.

Discussing his book on the “Dateline” last week, morning weatherman Al Roker recalled a time he accidentally shit himself while trying to “pass a little gas” on his way to the White House press room. “I pooped my pants,” Roker said.

It was an admission that took on a life of its own last week and Scarborough wasn’t ready to put the skids on.

While talking about beauty pageants and a thing called “butt glue” this morning, Scarborough said “butt glue would have come in handy for Al Roker when he went to the White House.”

Joke No. 2 came when Scarborough apologized to co-host Mika Brzezinski for heatedly yelling at her last week. Scarborough said he had three New Year’s resolutions: Don’t angrily yell at Brzezinski again, interrupt her on the show less and “not to poop my pants next time I visit the White House.”

The third reference to Roker’s bowels came just three minutes later… Read more

NBC TODAY’s Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie Offer Warm and Pointless Thanksgiving Thoughts

Sometimes hosts of the upcoming Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade shouldn’t be interviewed before, after or during the fact. What are NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker grateful for and what are their Thanksgiving traditions? Who cares? Even they don’t know or seem to care, but they manage to pull a variety of things out of their brains asses for the clip.

What we learned:

Savannah: She’s grateful for her new fam at NBC and for the fact that she won’t have to cook much at Thanksgiving. She’s good at cleaning up.

Al: He’s thankful that the Hurricane Sandy victims are getting help. His advice for Savannah is to appreciate the three-hour parade because it’ll be over in a flash.

The only entertaining portion of this video comes when Al discusses how he’ll be spending Thanksgiving with his wife’s family in Georgia.

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