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CBS’ Bob Schieffer Brings Texas to D.C.

Bob Schieffer was almost unrecognizable Saturday afternoon as he sat on the patio of the Occidental Grill.

Not dressed in his usual dark suit he wears on the set of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Schieffer was sporting a white cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses as he sat sipping beer and chatting. He wasn’t there to discuss the latest political stories or moderate a debate, but was instead getting ready for a different kind of gig. His band, Honky Tonk Confidential, was prepping to play for a crowd at the restaurant’s BBQ, Beer & Bourbon event.

Matt Baker, chef de cuisine at the Occidental Grill, said the first annual event was a way of kicking off summer. Being Texas born and bred, Baker said he wanted to incorporate food from back home. And since Schieffer is also from the Lone Star State, Baker said he thought his band, which plays music straight out of Texas, would fit in perfectly.

“I’m from Texas,” Baker said. “I just really wanted to bring Texas to D.C.”

Schieffer began playing with the  band in 2006 and sang songs he wrote, such as “TV Anchorman,” and a few covers, such as “Friends in Low Place” by Garth Brooks. With his Texas-sized belt buckle, Schieffer seemed at home behind the microphone as he told the story behind each of the songs. Read more

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Will Schieffer and Axelrod Kiss and Make Up?

Occidental Grill & Seafood is trying really hard to get CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer and former Obama aide David Axelrod to bury the hatchet. To that end, they’ve invited Axelrod to the restaurant’s BBQ, Bourbon, Beer and Bob (Schieffer) non-profit event.

This may not be an easy relationship to patch up. Schieffer recently complained about his problems with White House access and landing guests for his show. But on Tuesday Axelrod shoved the knife it by arguing that Schieffer’s case was rather flimsy. He said, “the notion that the public should be concerned or disturbed, or that the taxpayer’s being cheated because Bob can’t book the guests he wants, I’m unsympathetic to that.”

The party will take place on June 15 out on the Occidental patio. Fare will be smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, pork belly sliders, cornbread, slaw, pickles, snow cones, blueberry cobbler, and fudge brownies. Beer will be from Port City Brewing Co. and Bulleit Bourbon, Woodford Reserve and Filibuster Bourbon will be served (if any of that means anything to anyone).

Schieffer and his band, Honky Tonk Confidential, will perform. They warn… Read more

Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s David Axelrod

Here’s a strange pairing. It’s MSNBC’s newest contributor, David Axelrod, former top political advisor to President Obama, and Joe Flores, a self-proclaimed “media hack” covering the oppressed in East L.A. In another pairing, we also think he weirdly looks like he came out of the same womb as Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

 

 

Sargent Not Sold on Axe’s Clean Upper Lip

On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.

Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.

Apparently, it’s too much for some people. One of them is WaPo’s liberal blogger, Greg SargentRead more

Axelrod and Scarborough Make a Hairy Wager

On Wednesday morning’s “Morning Joe” program, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod made an on-air bet that he would shave off the mustache he has worn for 40 years if President Obama lost Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania. According to HuffPost, Axelrod said, “”I will come on ‘Morning Joe’ and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states.”

That might be a dangerous strategy. Maybe a voter who was planning on voting for Obama will switch his or her vote JUST to see the freakshow that hides under that hair on upper lip. Host Joe Scarborough joined in and said that if Obama won all those states, he’d grow a mustache.

The show resulted in mustache demands right here in Washington… Read more

Axelrod Goofs Up Mid-Joke

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White House top political advisor David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. While making a joke about POTUS’s birthday, he flubbed the name of the show.

Guthrie: What did you get the President for his birthday?
Axelrod: That’s between him and me. It’s a six-volume set of The Morning Rundown.

Guthrie replied, “David, it’s The Daily Rundown. Don’t worry about our feelings. Not The Morning Rundown, The Daily Rundown!”

Candy Spices Up Show With Personal Q’s

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CNN’s Candy Crowley, who hosts “State of the Union,” is adding spice to her Sunday show. It’s a new feature called “Getting to Know…” where she asks her (sometimes) very stiff political guests off-beat questions during commercial breaks that loosen them up.

“What do you do just for fun?” she recently asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has apparently taken a fancy to the “Washington Nats.” It’s hard to hear, but he says he “windsgh down” the evening by watching the Nats.

Crowley gets McConnell chuckling hard when she asked what the 15-year-old McConnell wanted to be when he grew up. He says that was the year he won election as president of the student body – his first campaign win.

His favorite place to retreat to outside of Kentucky? That would be the U.S. Virgin Islands (where he and his wife, Elaine Chao, honeymooned).

Crowley also questioned President Obama’s top political advisor David Axelrod. Favorite comfort food? “Pizza,” he replied. “I eat for comfort, which can be a real problem.”

Watch the videos here and here.

George’s First “GMA” Guest: David Axelrod

images-4.jpeg George Stephanopoulos‘ first guest as host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” will be none other than Obama’s top political adviser David Axelrod.

In a Sunday night tweet, Stephanopoulos announced the news:

@gstephanopoulos: Almost bedtime for me. First day on GMA tomorrow — and David Axelrod my first guest. Lots to discuss after watching Pres on 60
about 4 hours ago

Ronnie Cho Bares (Almost) All at HBO Screening of “By the People”

“By the People” may be a documentary on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, but the real break-out star of last night’s HBO premiere is Ronnie Cho.

DC media types like Chris Matthews, Candy Crowley and Richard Wolffe, and Team Obama- David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, David Plouffe- all make frequent appearances, but Cho, the former campaign staffer turned admin staffer, was filmed working early morning hours in his boxer shorts. Now that is dedication. He tells FBDC, “I did it for him, I did it for America.”

The film is by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams and produced in part by actors Edward Norton and Tate Donovan, who were both at last night’s DC screening.

“We always hoped to get the opportunity to show it,” Norton said in comments after the film aired. “I look around the room and think this is our government now,” he said to laughter.

It was standing room only at the Park at Fourteenth– the White House’s Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake were there, as well as NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny and Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, who were all featured in the HBO documentary.

“Shower scene is coming up,” Vietor joked, maybe one too many times. “That line is getting old” was friends’ response.

Photos continue after the jump…

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Right Now in the “Situation Room”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has a unique and exclusive sit-down interview with team Obama– White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, communications director Anita Dunn and senior advisor David Axelrod.

Today’s interview covers “oops” moments, the 3am wake-up call and the First Lady. Part two airs tomorrow.

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