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Posts Tagged ‘Jim Kuhnhenn’

White House Pooler Discovers Obama’s Oopsie


NYT White House Correspondent Jackie Calmes, who has been covering President Obama’s fundraiser at actor George Clooney‘s home for the past 24 hours, issued an early morning Pool Report after calling a photo-travel lid at 2:32 a.m. Calmes wrote the new report (#11) to correct what was supposed to be an amusing anecdote the President told at last night’s soirée regarding his Hope poster and Clooney being photoshopped out of a picture. In her report she quote’s the AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn, who clears up the error.

“According to the AP and its White House reporter, fellow pooler Jim Kuhnhenn, Potus erred on Thursday night in telling donors at George Clooney’s house his anecdote about the iconic ‘Hope’ poster of the 2008 presidential campaign. Potus said artist Shepard Fairey had based his design on a photo in which then-Sen. Obama appeared alongside Clooney at an event on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur (leading Potus to quip that it was the first and last time that Clooney had ever been ‘photo-shopped’ from a photo).

Here’s how Jim describes the reality:
‘In fact, the artist who created the poster, Shepard Fairey, used another photograph of Obama but said he relied on the Obama-Clooney picture to avoid a copyright infringement case with The Associated Press. He pleaded guilty in February to criminal contempt for fabricating and destroying evidence.’”

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AP Adds New White House Correspondent

Jim Kuhnhenn has been named White House correspondent for the AP. Kuhnhenn had been covering campaign finance and other political topics for the wire service. Many know Kuhnhenn from his days covering politics and presidential campaigns for the now defunct (largely absorbed by McLatchy) Knight Ridder bureau in DC.

From an internal memo from D.C. Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee

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WPC Foundation Dinner Rescheduled for April

wedding_invitation_1.jpg And the dinner is back on…

From Jim Kuhnhenn
President, Washington Press Club Foundation

“We are pleased to announce that the rescheduled date for the 66th Annual Congressional dinner is April 21, 2010. Please mark your calendars for this special evening at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

It would have required Olympic skill to make it to our originally
scheduled dinner – the Feb. 10 snowstorm left us little choice but to
postpone. But we promised the show would go on.

We thank our guests, speakers, sponsors and colleagues for their patience and forbearance as we worked to find a date that accommodated our original program as well as the congressional schedule.

In the coming weeks we will make new dinner tickets available, noting the rescheduled date and time.”

‘Massive Snowfall’ Puts WPC Dinner on Hold


Snowmageddon 2010 has snuffed out another event.
This time, it’s the Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner that was going to take place Wednesday night.

This note just went out to the foundation board, sponsors and those organizing the purchase of tables.

The statement is from Jim Kuhnhenn, the foundation president and scribe from the AP Washington Bureau.

“Sadly, we have been forced by impending weather to reschedule Wednesday’s Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner. Many members are still stranded in their home states and the threat of another massive snowfall has made it necessary to hold the dinner on another date. We are discussing alternative dates with our key participants and will advise as soon as possible.

“We regret having to make this decision, as we were all looking forward to hosting a convivial evening this week for members of Congress and the press; unfortunately, that won’t be possible on Feb. 10. We thank all the organizations that have purchased tables and the sponsors that are supporting us. Though postponed, the show will go on.

“We appreciate your patience as we reschedule the festivities.”

The Hill Steals After Party

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The Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner’s After Party has traditionally been hosted by CQ. But this year, things are changing. The After Party on February 10 will be sponsored by The Hill, which will pay for the food and band. The entertainment will be Nobody’s Business — the 7-piece blues/rock band featuring McClatchy’s award-winning foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay. CQ-Roll Call will continue to be labeled as supporting the Pre-Party.

“We’re delighted that when the dinner ends the fun will continue at The Hill-sponsored after-party,” said Jim Kuhnhenn, Washington Press Foundation President and scribe at the AP Washington Bureau. “It’s a weeknight, but the chocolate will keep you awake. And so will ‘Nobody’s Business.’ Fresh from a Journopalooza gig last month, they’ve proved you’ve got to be a journalist to sing the funky blues.”

Say Hello to Mika and “Evening Joe”

3389685.jpgThe AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn, Washington Press Club Foundation President, has announced that Mika Brzezinksi (the hardest name to spell outside of Stephanopoulos) and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” fame will emcee the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner on Feb. 10.

The congressional speakers are: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.). Their speeches shouldn’t be boring — as those who have attended know, this is when they get to skewer the opposing political party and no feelings are spared.

“Scarborough was our first ask,” said Kuhnhenn. “Didn’t approach anyone else to MC.”

See Kuhnhenn’s announcement after the jump…

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