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LOCKED OUT: WaPo’s Dana Milbank: Mayhem at #dnc2012. Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena.

Penis sighting

“So yeah. Definitely just walked in on some dude in the bathroom with his pants around his ankles staring in the mirror #dnc2012” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

WTF Mars Mention of the Evening: “I always figured if Bill Clinton landed on Mars, he would know how to do it. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He’d just instinctively know how to talk to people…the martians.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at 12:53 a.m. opining on Clinton’s vast reproduction knowledge that extends beyond our solar system. Please, someone put Matthews to bed (no pun intended).

Bill Clinton Speech Fallout

“A significant part of this is off prompter. He is using it as notes.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

“The prompter has stopped rolling as Clinton goes off book.” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

“Take away the TelePrompTer, bite his ankle, throw a rat down his trousers, it only raises his game.” — Editor of The New Republic Franklin Foer.

“Bill Clinton is totally ghost ridin’ the script right now.” — Jamelle Bouie, writer for The American Prospect and fellow at the Nation Institute.

“The constant camera flashes in here are going to send Bubba into a seizure #dnc2012″ — Stanton.

“Bubba’s hands are shaking.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

“I think Bill Clinton is the gun you bring to a knife fight.” — Metro Weekly Co-publisher Sean Bugg.

“Bill Clinton looks great. @peta may be right about the benefits of a vegan diet.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

“Man, Clinton is happier than a pig in Arkansas you know what.” — James Oliphant, Deputy Editor, National Journal magazine.

“Clinton is the master. He makes a speech to an enormous crowd feel like a personal talk.” — LAT‘s David Horsey.

“I really don’t understand reporters who think this is too long for a politician to be trying to talk to voters about policy.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“This speech was killing it at 15 mins. Now, it’s bordering on a hostage situation.” — Co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle S.E. Cupp.

“This is moving from ‘greatest speech ever’ to gong territory pretty fast.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

“They’re going to need a crowbar to pry Bill away from that podium.” — NYT Op-ed Columnist Charles Blow.

“There’s no way Rahm Emanuel actually thought ‘a broken clock is right twice a day’ was that funny.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“This is like watching a good lawyer defending a guilty man.” — Former Clinton pollster Dick Morris.

“Poor fact checkers, now they gotta spend the night studying 52 years of employment data” — Craig Crawford.

“Same R bloggers who were touting Clinton as the ‘good’ Dem for weeks suddenly talking about sex scandal and perjury again.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent.

The Name Dropper

“Caroline Kennedy just walked into our booth. Interview w @DavidMuir #abcworldnews” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.

Dirty jokester

“PLEASE tell me that Sandra Fluke isn’t wearing a blue Gap dress tonight.” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in a tweet on the night former Prez Bill Clinton is to speak.

INTO THE POOL: “Oops! A wet former treasury secretary Bob Rubin after falling into a pool at a fancy cocktail party in Charlotte.” — Politico‘s Lois Romano with accompanying photograph.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. Above black and white photograph by Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.

Covering the White House in the Rain

In our quest to acknowledge unusual or interesting work coming from the White House Press Corps, this week we award HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery our White House Pool Prize for her stellar work capturing the weather woes surrounding the White House Tuesday.

At 11:46am, Obama walked across the South Lawn with his umbrella and boarded Marine One, bound for Baltimore. He was joined by Principal Deputy Press Sec Josh Earnest, Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Ops Alyssa Mastromonaco and WH photog Pete Souza. Marine One lifted off at about 11:52am. Handing over to travel pool.

Side note: Reporters who stood in the rain waiting for Obama were blown everywhere as Marine One touched down. Picture long hair flying and umbrellas snapping and flipping inside out. Hilarious iPhone photos available upon request.

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

Politico reporter in Iowa faces clock issues

“Yesterday I tweeted about the clock in my Hampton Inn Muscatine room being fast. Today I got an email from the hotel’s general mgr. #service.” — Politico national political reporter Reid Epstein.

Jealous journo

“The DeLorean from Back to the Future went for over $541K in an auction #insanelyjealousofnewowner.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The sights and sounds of Washington

“Just saw a dump truck towing a Metro bus, with lots of people on it. #DC” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

And now for a brilliant question from Current TV: “What stories do you want Current to report today?” Seriously?

Burr!

“In a @Starbucks where it is basically too cold to think. (Hint: 14 & New York in DC.) Going into the office so I can feel my fingers & type.” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner.

Santorum is down on pundits

“#2012 Former Senator Santorum tells Iowans to ignore the media: ‘Pundits talk to pundits. They don’t talk to voters.’” — AFP’s Olivier Knox.

Blogger has stress dream involving Kate Middleton

“I had weird, stressful dreams last night, including one in which I was planning a dinner for Kate Middleton in DC.” — Global fashion blogger Samantha Sault who writes SamanthaonStyle, a blog intersecting fashion and politics.

Here’s an idea…

“Tell me tweeps, how can I save Andrew Breitbart‘s tweets to use in a lecture on color-blind racism?” — Rebecca Scott, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota.

Say hello to Boybander Fan Club Prez

@MzDiva67 (a woman named “Nicole” who says you always have the option to kiss her ass): “Why this dude on @msnbc look like Charlie Sheen #bashirlive lol” (Mz Diva pictured at left).

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “#winning”

Slate‘s Dave Weigel (who’s doppelganger is Sheen): “I’m on a drug called… you know.”

From the Road

“Four events in a day. This is like a Fred Thompson on ludes Iowa schedule.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Just intvd Romney on his bus. Asked about Paul’s foreign policy Romney said, ‘Ron Paul‘s not going to be our nominee.’” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

A Convo Between Fake Journo and Real One

Politico‘s Jake Sherman, something of a Phish fanatic, writes: “If you’re a political conservative in DC, and like phish, shoot me a note. working on something.” To which Fake Jim VandeHei cracked, “Oh, this is gonna be good.”

CQ Roll Call’s Dennis Named WH Correspondent

Big changes are in store for CQ Roll Call’s Steven Dennis.  After 17 years in journalism, the publication’s House leadership reporter is headed to the White House to fill a spot that’s remained vacant since Jen Bendery left Roll Call for Huffington Post in March of this year.  But don’t expect Dennis to spend his days in the Briefing Room bubble that has become both a luxury and curse for so many White House correspondents.  Dennis intends to spend plenty of time on Capitol Hill, using his his experience and resources, to cover the White House in a new way.

“I plan to approach the position through the lens of Congress,” Dennis explained to FishbowlDC.   “Endless stories can be written when you take information from Congress to the White House and focus on the relationships.  Gaining the ability to get a response from the administration is a luxury that I intend to exploit,” he added.

And though he’s formed a strategy to get beyond the “bubble,” Dennis doesn’t take the the job of White House correspondent lightly.  He’s quick to clarify the importance of the position and challenges his briefing room counterparts face.

“Over 300 million Americans depend on those journalists to ask an illuminating question when called on by the White House,” he said.  “It’s a big challenge and a weighty responsibility.”

On Monday, October 31st Steve Dennis will face his new responsibilities as he enters the Briefing Room for the first time as CQ Roll Call’s White House correspondent.  He’s come a long way from his start at the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown but he seems up for the challenge.  Congrats to Steve!

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Quotes of the Day


CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell‘s hubby Geoff Tracy (who sometimes refers to himself as Washington’s unelected mayor) makes a grand Wednesday night declaration: “Pie is served (chocolate silk).”

Scribes sarcastically suggest other options for Sept. 7

“Breaking: Seinfeld reunion show, new and improved LOST finale, first Casey Anthony TV interview all scheduled for Sept. 7 at 8 EST” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

“If Sarah Palin really wanted to shake things up right now, she’d declare a ‘big announcement’ to be made on Sept. 7 at 8:00″ — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“Thursday works better for me too. If anyone cares.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

“Obama asks to speak during GOP debate. Biden to address meeting of Cub Scouts during Spongebob marathon. It’s chaos.” — Conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter.

This is just embarrassing…

Dick Lugar following me on Twitter? Heart, be still!” — Gawker‘s Political Editor Jim Newell.

Internet strangeness…

“OK, the Getty Images search is insane. I type in ‘diversity’ and the first page of results? Synchronized swimmers.” — Former TBDer Elahe Izadi who is working on NPR Project Argo blog on WAMU 88.5.

One journo sees bright side of mess

“Finally a win-win. Speech-scheduling contretemps will boost ratings for both the GOP debate and Obama’s speech, whenever it is.” — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman.

Another sees downside of mess

“I mean, really? We’re at a point where GOP is blocking a speech? #UGH” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Another reason why I love my birthday: Got an email from Joy of Motion saying that I get a free dance class. Awesome.” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa. Happy Birthday and all Jessica, but more importantly, you’re clearly currently kicking Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s ass in this feature.

Roll Call Loses Kate Hunter to Bloomberg

Roll Call‘s Kate Hunter, who is on the publications congressional leadership team, is leaving for Bloomberg. In March 2010, Hunter moved from CQ to to Roll Call to take Jen Bendery‘s spot. Bendery, at the time, was moving to the White House beat. She has since left for HuffPost.

CQ‘s Kate Hunter Moves to Roll Call

Kate Hunter is moving from CQ over to Roll Call to take Jen Bendery‘s old beat on the House leadership team. Bendery recently took the RC‘s spot at the White House.

Roll Call WH Beat Goes to Bendery

We’re certain Jen Bendery will not miss her White House pool duty, as happened by mistake last week when her publication (NOT HER) went all Seasonique on Bloomberg’s Ed Chen by forgetting to show for Pool duty. Chen then went a little emotionally postal on Roll Call.

Last week Bendery said the White House post was just in the “interim”. Today Editor Charlie Mitchell made it official and sent an announcement to staff today giving Bendery the title.

All the best to Bendery in her new position.
Please note: It was not Bendery’s fault that Pool duty was missed. Keith Koffler was supposed to be on the schedule, but has since left the publication.

See Mitchell’s internal memo after the jump…

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Is Roll Call White House Duty on Seasonique?

Roll Call’s new possible motto for White House duty: “Who says ‘that time of the month’ has to be EVERY month?”

Ed Chen, of Bloomberg News who heads up the White House Correspondents’ Association, handled Pool Duty this morning in place of what was supposed to be Roll Call’s spot.

“Missing pool duty is pretty bad,” said a White House correspondent.

The White House puts out a list out a month in advance. It’s alphabetical, “so you pretty much know when your times coming around, or should I say, when your time of the month is,” the scribe said.

Roll Call is said to be replacing former White House reporter Keith Koffler soon, who resigned for another undisclosed White House reporting position. The name floating behind the scenes is Jennifer Bendery.

We’ll keep you posted.

Capitol Hill’s Revolving Door

Internal memos, obtained by FishbowlDC…

From Roll Call’s Charlie Mitchell:

    I am pleased to announce that Associate Editor Erin Billings is shifting her focus to take over editing responsibilities for the online reporting team.

    Jen Bendery and Tim Taylor will now report to Erin, who will be a key voice in the development of our overall plans for covering the Congressional leadership.

    Erin will be leaving the Senate reporting team as she concentrates on
    providing day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) leadership to our online news efforts. We all hate losing Erin the Reporter, but Erin the Editor is going to be a great leader and a critical player in Roll Call’s continued success.

    In addition, Lauren Whittington and Paul Singer will also assume the
    Associate Editor title. Lauren has rejoined Team Politics on a full-time basis and has been splitting responsibilities between editing and writing.

    Her new title reflects the player/coach role that she has been playing and will continue to perform.

    Likewise, Paul has assumed many responsibilities as our chief investigative reporter, and his new title reflects his evolving position as a leader of our overall investigative strategy. Paul has been and will be a key adviser and strategist for investigative pieces developed throughout the staff, and his new title formalizes this role.

    I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Erin, Lauren and Paul for jobs well done — and for taking up new challenges that will help define the future of our great publication.

From The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon:

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that we have hired Silla
    Brush
    , formerly the lead congressional reporter at US News & World Report, to be our Business & Lobbying reporter covering taxes, corporate governance and Wall Street political intelligence. He will start in the newsroom on Monday, Oct. 20.

    This hire is the first in a new phase of expansion that will add
    extra depth to our news coverage, and further entrench The Hill’s big lead over rivals in covering the nexus of business and politics.

    More great hires are in the pipeline, and I will let you know about
    them soon.

    Thanks, Hugo

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