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How to Make it All About Me

President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.

Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”

The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

 

Morning Chatter

QUOTES of the DAY

Is this war?

“The Breitbart crew’s terrible reporting on Boehner makes a great case for the value of the traditional media that the site hates.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Howard Fineman’s rant against ESPN, Luke Russert

HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman, usually a mild-mannered Washington journalist, went on quite a tirade last night against what he believes to be the shoddy reporting of ESPN and the apparent stupidity of NBC’s Luke Russert. 1. 9:25 p.m. “Luke Russert u have no idea what you are talking about.” 2. 9:43 p.m. “Luke Russert nobody cares about ice hockey, and I say that as an alum of hockey-mad Colgate. Frozen Four gets two back page columns in NYT.” 3. 9:45 p.m. “ESPN announcers continuing to make excuses for lame Florida and trash Louisville. Also they keep misusing the word ‘disinterested.’” His rant went on after midnight. 4. 12:16 a.m. “I’m sorry. The lackadaisical, grudging ESPN coverage of Louisville’s dismantling of Florida was infuriating, at least to me.”

NYT Bureau Chief praises D.C. area Sichuan

“I remain pleasantly surprised by Sichuan quality in DC burbs.” — David Leonhardt, Washington Bureau Chief for the NYT.  Last night Leonhardt was discussing the Asian cuisine with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon, who wrote, “Sushi Yasuda. And NY’s Szechuan chefs move around a lot.” And added, “I went to Lan Sheng today, spectacular. And Hot Kitchen is still amazing too. Not sure if GS is a chain.” (By the way, both Sichuan and Szechuan are acceptable spellings of the word, so neither journalist got it wrong.)

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Frustrated reporter after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

Quote of the Day

“Um, ABC?”WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman on ABC report on male orgasms. Weisman was responding to this: “Karezza: Men Say Best Sex Comes Without Orgasm” Read here.

Munro stays.

“In other news, the WH Correspondents Assn says it won’t punish the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama at Rose Garden event last month.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, who heckled President Obama during a speech.

Journo Travel Complaints

  • “What’s w/ DC power? Stuck on Acela 5 minutes from Union Station. Grrrr.” — The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan.
  • “Looks like I spoke too soon – Bad weather hit as we were taxiing and now my @Delta jet is sitting on the tarmac, getting rained on – #weep” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray.

Pooler writes of Second Lady’s ‘midsection’

VPOTUS Vegas Pooler Tovin Lapan, of the Las Vegas Sun, dared to write about Dr. Jill Biden‘s “midsection” in a Pool Report Tuesday, writing, “The second lady, wearing a yellow dress with a large bow around the midsection, and matching yellow jacket, also greeted everyone.” He addressed Veep Joe Biden‘s attire, saying, “Temperatures in Las Vegas surpassed 100 degrees, and Biden ditched his jacket from his navy blue suit after his speech…With his sleeves rolled up, and wearing a navy blue tie spotted with white sailboats, the vice president shook the hand of every veteran…”

Breitbart.com Editor Takes Another Whack at Buzzfeed

“Buzzfeed is the TMZ of left-wing politics: Creepy, petty, and mean. Ann Romney in erectile dysfunction ads, stalking fundraisers. My God.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, who has been relentlessly hammering away at Buzzfeed backing Team Obama for several months. Smith had no comment on Nolte’s remark, but instead directed me to his piece this morning on trolls and the business of engaging them. See here. Ahh…timeliness, we love that!

Dare to dream…

“A Chinese-style high-speed train between NY and DC would take 1 hour and 40 min.” — NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt.

Take Note: At high noon Politico‘s wild bunch of LIVE journos — With Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen in charge, what could possibly go wrong? Juana Summers, Patrick Gavin, Reid Wilson, Charlie Mahtesian and First Politico Son James Hohmann will hopefully be hamming it up for today’s livestream show. Watch here.

NYT’s David Leonhardt: ‘On a Big Story You Want Carl By Your Side’

From NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt

To the Newsroom:

Carl Hulse has long been part of the nerve center of The New York Times. As our chief Congressional correspondent, he’s been a leading player on most big Washington stories, and he has written some of the most insightful pieces of the Obama/Tea Party years. Carl is also a wise and generous colleague who is an enormous help to other reporters, editors and (believe me) columnists.

I am thrilled to announce that he will now become deputy Washington bureau chief, joining Rebecca Corbett in that role. Carl will have primary responsibility for running the bureau day to day, helping to oversee every aspect of our coverage. Those who know Carl as an editor — from his years as the bureau’s night editor, alongside a former bureau chief named Abramson — praise his deft hands and unerring judgment. And the truth is that Carl has remained an editor in many ways, running our Capitol Hill coverage and mentoring reporters like David Herszenhorn, Ashley Parker, Sheryl Stolberg and Jeff Zeleny. On a big story, you want Carl by your side, because he’ll make you smarter and he’ll make you laugh.

Carl’s first Times-related job was a Washington correspondent for the regional papers, starting in 1986. (His first desk in the old bureau was literally in a closet.) He joined The Times as night editor in 2001, began covering Congress in 2002 and became chief Congressional correspondent in 2006. An Illinois native, he’s a former construction worker, a member of the Illinois State University college-newspaper Hall of Fame and the drummer for the Capitol Hill garage band, the Nativemakers. He lives on the Hill with his family. Lest Carl’s followers worry, he promises to keep tweeting from @hillhulse.

I feel just as fortunate that Rebecca will continue in her role, overseeing our enterprise and investigative work — on domestic policy, foreign policy and the 2012 campaign — and helping shape everything else the bureau does as well. Rebecca’s hit parade, be it wiretapping, WikiLeaks or the series of 2008 candidate profiles, confirms what reporters eagerly say about her: there may be no better story conceiver, counselor and wordsmith at the newspaper. Along with Dick Stevenson, our invaluable political editor, Carl and Rebecca will lead a desk that’s well suited for these never-dull times.

Carl starts his new job on transition Tuesday — Sept. 6. If you’re interested in applying for one of the two openings on Capitol Hill, please contact Carl, Rebecca or me. We welcome internal and external candidates for these Guild positions.

David

NYT’s Hulse Gets Promoted

Longtime Capitol Hill reporter for NYT Carl Hulse has landed the job of NYT Deputy DC Bureau Chief. A memo went out this morning.

Capitol Hill is rather excited about it. “A very big congrats to @hillhulse for his well deserved promotion to NY Times Deputy DC Bureau Chief,” wrote Brad Dayspring, Communications Director for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Hulse remarked to FishbowlDC: “I will miss reporting and life in the Capitol but this will be fun and challenging. Hopefully more fun than challenge. David is great and we will be aggressive in pursuing the news.” (Hulse is referring to NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt.)

Congratulations to Hulse.

A few words from his fan club…

Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “Congrats dude.”

WSJ‘s Neil King: “Congrats to @hillhulse for his ascendance to NYT Washington deputy bureau chief.”

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: “Win.”

NYT investigative reporter Michael Luo: “Congrats to NYT’s @hillhulse for his promotion to deputy Washington bureau chief. Big shoes to fill, tho, for us on Capitol Hill…”

ABC’s Rick Klein: “So @hillhulse is now @nytimes management? Good luck to all of us, but Mayor of Capitol Hill still = preferred title.”

News Notes: Media Types and Pols at “First Draft of History”

• Today’s schedule at the Atlantic‘s “First Draft of History,” Washington’s Ideas Forum at the Newseum… CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo interviews Larry Summers, Jacob Weisberg interviews Brian Schweitzer, Howard Fineman interviews Drew Faust, John Sexton, Ruth Simmons and Shirley Tilghman, James Fallows interviews Eric Schmidt, and Margaret Carlson interviews Walter Isaacson and Eugene Robinson. Carlson will also make the event’s closing remarks this evening.

Earlier today Steve Schmidt and Robert Shrum were interviewed by CNN’s John King, Alan Greenspan was interviewed by David Leonhardt, Jeff Bewkes was interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, Carol Browner was interviewed by Ronald Brownstein, and Cory Booker was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

• Check out some of yesterday’s interviews- Fox News’ Chris Wallace interviewed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, NBC’s David Gregory interviewed Sen. John McCain and “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams interviewed David Petraeus.

• A full schedule, live video feed and blogging by Matt Cooper can be found here.

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