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A book signing not to miss: WaPo Associate Editor and Pultizer Prize-winner David Maraniss will be at Politics & Prose this Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss his book, Barack Obama: The Story. From the site: “Starting in Kenya and Kansas before Obama’s birth, Maraniss traces the influences the future president absorbed in Hawaii, Indonesia, New York, and Chicago, influences which shaped his developing political career.”

Congresswoman Berkley disses Bloomberg scribe: It’s safe to say that NBC’s Brian Williams shouldn’t feel threatened by the latest package from Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, who does his best ever Gayle King/Brian Ross impersonation (no, not really, we’re joking). Nichols ever so suavely visits The Source Restaurant in downtown Washington to cover a fundraiser for Las Vegas Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley‘s Senate race. In the clip we learn that House Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who invited lobbyists to the fundraiser, ate cantaloupe. We never find out what Berkley ate for breakfast because Berkley tells him how inappropriate he is when he “catches” her exciting the fundraiser and tells him to call her office, which translates loosely to: “Go to hell.” She tells him, “I think this is an inappropriate way to talk to people. You’re welcome to call my office.” Watch here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans

“The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Washington gossip columnist tells TMZ’s Levin to SHUT UP

“Shut up Harvey! Nobody needs TMZ’s view of the Marine urinating scandal. Stick to big news like Kim and Angelina and Brad.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard to TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. Read the TMZ story here on the scandal involving Marines peeing on dead bodies.

BFF Alert: Michelle and Gayle

“@michelleobama joining twitter world today love that! And welcome welcome to our First Lady!” — CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

In other Michelle Obama commentary…

“@michelleobama, For the record, I don’t like it either when people perceive me as an angry black woman.” — SHanntysHair.

The new Ana Marie Cox

“Twelp please: Recommendations for fun stuff to do and where to dine in Milwaukee. Extra credit if it doesn’t involve beer. cc: @lovethebay” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Examiner writer gets props for perfect response

“@Drudge_Report: Clark Gable’s Grandson Jailed for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper drudge.” To which the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein remarked, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

Actually, there are stupid questions

“RT @HuffingtonPost Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero: So what’s the difference? || Inquiring minds don’t give a s***.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

NPR overgifting

“In the past month NPR has given me an NPR pint glass, an NPR coaster, & an NPR beer koozie. What are they trying to do to me?!” — NPR’s LA-based Ben Bergman.

It’s Friday the 13th

“Today is Friday the 13th! 2012 is actually a CREEPY YEAR! We have 3 Friday the 13ths this yr, that’s the most you can have in a single year!” — News Channel 8′s Katherine Amenta.

Brokaw’s first day on Twitter

“At #Todayat60 party – like a great college reunion. … But where’s the keg?” — NBC’s Tom Brokaw. In less than 24 hours he has 7k followers. So far he’s following 20 people. They include NBC’s Chuck Todd, Vivian Schiller, Luke Russert, David Gregory, Richard Engel, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Brian Williams and, of course, NBC News.

Shit happens when Weingarten’s around

“Was looking for @geneweingarten tweet in time line, easy to spot that sh*t!” — Washington City Paper‘s Darrow Montgomery.

 

Gayle King Asks Chuck Todd About Sex Life

Sometimes reporters have to think on their feet. In this case, MSNBC “Daily Rundown” Host Chuck Todd had to answer OWN TV and Sirius/XM’s  Gayle King‘s questions about getting horizontal. Pointedly, King asked how he maintains a healthy sex life with his wife.

Considering the topic, Todd held his own on Monday and stressed that it was not his dancing. He was on the program to discuss the GOP presidential candidates. But King took a sharp turn by bringing up sex and suggested men get lucky by making women laugh. Todd, looking slightly tortured, held his head in his hand and replied, “Trust me, it has to be, look at this face. I have two children, so clearly I made my wife laugh.” He ended the segment saying, “Thanks for making me blush.”

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Parnes Takes FLOTUS Fawning to New Heights

We’re all for spreading our wings. Today Politico‘s Amie Parnes takes her FLOTUS fever to a sweat lodge as she writes about, not first lady Michelle Obama, but her mother, Marian Robinson.

No doubt, FLOTUS’s press office is doing cartwheels right about now. They officially declined to participate in the story, and still, Parnes manages to make Marian sparkle. Was there even a worry? Unfortunately not much new news in this report — Parnes’ prose is well-written and she’s good at compiling tidbits from past reports about FGOTUS. We do get a quote from WaPo social reporter Sally Quinn who has the “dream” quote of the story that doubles as a headline. “She’s the dream grandmother,” Quinn gushes. An anonymous “longtime family friend” reveals (and we use this word to exaggerate how unrevealing it is) that “She’s having a great time.”

What makes FGOTUS such a dream?

1. She takes the first daughters to school.

2. She keeps a low profile (it must be true because this low-profile story says so.)

3. She does math and helps the first daughters with their homework (which she told NBC TODAY’s Matt Lauer last year while keeping a low profile.)

4. She’s racy. Marian hits the Vegas strip, which Obama announced last year to the press corps.

5. Last but certainly not least, she does her own laundry in the machines down the hall because she doesn’t want anyone else checking out her undergarments. Perfectly understandable. (Michelle Obama told this to Oprah BFF Gayle King in May.)

The Parnes-o-Meter score (1-10, 10 being a Kissing Festival): It’s a smoochfest at 8.75.

Read the story here.

Can’t Oprah Deal With This?

We would have thought Oprah of all people, who supposedly wants everyone to “live their best lives” could have easily handled this snafu. Oprah BFF and radio host Gayle King got into train trouble on her way to Washington over the weekend.

We’ve been seeing a lot of King lately – most recently she attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner where she was spotted yukking it up with HuffPost/AOl Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. She’s also a vocal fan of NBC’s Chuck Todd, who has gone on her radio show.

In a weekend tweet, King wrote of her Choo Choo troubles: “On Acela to DC train now stopped on tracks yikes! Conductor says prob could mean long delay not good men in uniform walking outside train.”

 

Three Famous Faces Converge

As masses of WHCD dinner guests flooded the Hilton’s basement hallways, a strange scene emerged. AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington stood above behind a railing, greeting partygoers as they past. Oprah Radio and BFF Gayle King walked by, noticed Arianna and quickly backtracked. Just then, Scarlett Johansson (her lips not attached to Sean Penn at the time) emerged down below. She walked straight up to Queen Arianna, who had donned a mustard/gold-colored Nanette Lepore frock, and got right in her face. “Arianna! Arianna! Arianna!” Johansson said as she grabbed onto the Editor-in-Chief’s face as she laughed.

Soon enough, Arianna, Gayle and Scarlett all merged together in a ‘just us girls’ scenario.

And the flashbulbs went crazy, including ours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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QUOTES of the DAY: THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER EDITION


The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain poses on the red carpet. Sure she looks good here, but late yesterday she described herself like this as she hung out with her West Hollywood-based hairdresser, Josh Rupley, at Dulles: “The nicest way to describe how @joshrupley and I look like at Dulles right now, is a busted up Britney and KFed – circa 05, Starbucks style.”

Sign that the WHCD is becoming less about the Correspondents? Try ‘Correspondence’

“The president’s comedic chops and Seth Meyers routine must be posted on you tube by now try White House Correspondence Dinner.” — Oprah Radio host and Oprah BFF Gayle King in a weekend tweet.

Krakauer unknowingly outs himself as C-SPAN watcher

“…just realized I revealed I’m sitting at home on a Saturday night watching C-SPAN. #whcd” — CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” Digital Producer Steve Krakauer in a weekend tweet. Just before, he referenced a Piers Morgan interview from President Obama‘s WHCD speech, writing, “Obama just referenced Matt Damon’s jab at him during his @PiersTonight intvw. Fires back with Adjustment Bureau slam. #WHCD.”

WHCD bonding

NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert brought what he called his “man date” Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Terrell Owens to the WHCD. They apparently bonded. Russert wrote, “So @TerrellOwens and I are trying to figure out best phrase to describe what happened to Trump, we agree on ‘pummeled.’”

 

Washington Vs. Hollywood Hair

“Hollywood men have very pointy hair.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a weekend tweet. To which The Takeaway’s Congressional Radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich remarked, “Washington women have very straightened hair.” These observations rang true if you saw Juke Kartel’s lead singer Toby Rand at the WHCD this weekend. The spiky dark-haired rocker was in town with his band to perform at Lanmark Technology Prez Lani Hay‘s private after party Thursday night. The comments, meanwhile, defied reality for anyone who saw Politico‘s Amie ParnesAmy Winehouse beehive do at Tammy Haddad‘s garden party that shocked and awed fellow partygoers.

No Trump sighting post dinner

“Trump sat stone faced in audience, left quickly after WHCA dinner. No Trump sightings today at after party brunches. Heading home.” — CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux in a weekend tweet. Gayle King suggests why Trump may have fled the scene. She wrote, “Pres Obama and Seth had fun at Donald Trump‘s expense at White House Corrrespon [sic] dinner they were hilaaarious and he was NOT happy.”

The popped collar interview

“I’d like to think she liked my double-popped collars.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet referencing his interview with Sarah Palin at Haddad’s garden party.

Anti-Seth Meyers ranting…

“Tell me if I’m wrong, but I think Seth Meyers was really simple and mean-spirited last night. Such a crappy, pseudo-elitist, hyper-critical style of comedy. I hate it. Really reflects poorly on SNL, too.” — Microsoft’s Director of Innovative Engagement for the U.S. Public Sector Mark Drapeau in a Sunday Facebook update.

Red Carpet Hell

“My feet are going to be bloody stumps for nothing.” — An annoyed female reporter covering the red carpet at Capitol File‘s WHCD after party at the Ronald Reagan Building. Reporters covering the event waited at least two and a half hours for “stars” to show up. They included a variety of unknown models with breasts popping out of their dresses along with decently big names like Jeremy Piven, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette and Alyssa Milano. The same nameless female reporter said earlier as one of the unknown models strode by, “Who the hell is this? Every year it gets worse and worse. I’m sorry, I’m cynical.”

 

 

TIME Toasts the 100 Most Influential…

Credit: PATRICK MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com

TIME magazine hosted in New York last night the TIME 100 Gala to honor their annual  list of  the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”  This year’s list included domestic political figures such as Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Gabrielle Giffords, General David Petraeus, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Margaret Woodward, Michele Bachman, and Paul Ryan.  While the full list wasn’t in attendance last night, TIME managed to pull a huge number of notable names who helped create some very memorable moments.

One such moment was came when Governor Chris Christie who gave the first toast of the night to John F. Kennedy saying, “And so tonight, the person I’d like us to toast first, who has influenced my public life from the first time my grandmother took me to the museum of broadcasting in New York and showed me the inaugural address … John Fitzgerald Kennedy, I’d like us to raise our glasses, fifty years after his election and inauguration as the 35th president of the United States, and an inspiration to this Jersey Boy to think that politics in life not only was possible, but could be meaningful and change the world. To President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.”

The unlikely duo of Michele Bachmann and Chris Matthews (pictured) were spotted chatting and posing for pictures while a slew of political and media figures mixed and mingled at Lincoln Center.  Attendees included Richard Stengel, Fareed Zakaria, Joe Klein, Mark Halperin, Gayle King, Anna Kendrick, Mayor Cory Booker, Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Meghan McCain, Harvey Weinstein, Ann Coulter, and Brian Williams among others.

Check out the full list of the 2011 TIME 100 here: http://ti.me/fnMSkT and more photos from the event here: http://ti.me/eNyRRX

MomLogic Wanted in on Kardashian Booty

We can’t make this stuff up.

Momlogic.com’s D.C. correspondent Elizabeth Thorp gets in on the Kim Kardashian booty beat in her recap of White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend.

The piece is full of Thorp’s funny interactions with A-listers. She says Oprah’s best friend Gayle King “looked hot too.”

An excerpt:
I was about to ask her if I could squeeze her famous bootie, but media king Jason Binn was too fast for me, whisking her away to the VIP room. Ashley Judd was beautiful in a long white dress, but she didn’t take reporters’ questions. Wolf Blitzer — a co-host of the Capitol File party — was friendly as always, and told Radar magazine with a shrug that WHCD emcee Jay Leno “was good.” Leno didn’t drop any F-bombs (like last year’s entertainer, Wanda Sykes, did), nor did he make any reference to Conan.

Read the full story here.

Politico‘s Partylicious Pool Report

Perhaps the most “unique” pool report ever was distributed by Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson last night from the White House State Dinner. All of the “fabulousness” is posted below.

My favorite parts? The self-pimp and “shout out” near the end.

From: Nia-Malika Henderson
Sent: Tue Nov 24 22:40:53 2009
Subject: Final Booksellers Pool…

Apologies for this delayed report.

Pooler stood patiently for two hours and saw State Dinner arrivals in booksellers area, and there was too much fabulousness to describe in detail here. So here are the greatest moments and a few broad details.

Lots of saris tonight (and probably one too many pantsuits according to some witnesses who will not be named here), and lots of people who didn’t quite get the “stand here and pose” thing down.

Best Sari goes to Semonti Stephens who wore one of the dresses from her Spring wedding. A red number with gold jewelry from Calcutta.

Best Wardrobe malfunction goes to Bob Casey whose cumberband slithered from his waist to the floor.

Best Look goes to Speaker Nancy Pelosi who when Robin Givhan asked her “Is your gown Armani?”…Pelosi shot her a disapproving stare and rolled her eyes a bit–i.e. Pelosi to Givhan: Drop Dead. (No answer to Givhan’s follow up question which was “What was that look?!”)

Biggest Celebs: Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood (together but not an item). Also, fyi, some stars are shorter, more wrinkled, not as hot in person. Underwood. Hotter.

Honorable mention for biggest star: Gayle King, sans bff Oprah Winfrey.

Best Dressed Billionaire: Mayor Michael Bloomberg sporting red bow tie.

Best attempt at self-deprecation goes to NBC’s Brian Williams who strolled in before movie mogul David Geffen, said “hello press,” and then: “I grew up a busboy in New Jersey so I have to resist the urge to clean up.”

Best random uttering about a guest: Oh my god, a real housewife!(See Real Housewives of DC for more info)….

Best shout out to colleague: Helene CooperTom Friedman you better stop!”

Finally a big thank you to my colleagues and honorary poolers, Amie Parnes and Kendra Marr. And shameless promotion for POLITICO..see this link for more details on the bookstore arrivals…

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/0911/obama_red_carpet.html

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