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CBS’ Major Garrett Explains F-Bombs

On Monday CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett set a decent segment of the Twitterati ablaze with a quote that some believe was actually intended to be a direct message. The quote that stopped the news cycle: “The f**k I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I’m not f**king kidding.” It was to National Journal‘s National White House Correspondent Jim O’Sullivan, who absolutely never engages in profanity or trash talk (yes, we’re joking).

Yesterday Garrett was mostly mum on the matter, saying only that it was an exchange with Sullivan and that he knows why. But this morning he responded to FishbowlDC, saying, “I should know better than to use Latin on Twitter. I get my imperfect, future perfect and pluperfects all mixed up.”

The story deepens. Sullivan wrote a few comments on Twitter Monday… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Journo shares his squid: “This is the best crispy squid/calamari I’ve ever had.” — WaPo designer Tim Wong.

Late-night *&^%$# WH Pool Report

“Your pooler is delighted to report that the arrival was entirely uneventful. After a nighttime approach that reminded your pooler just how *&^%$# privileged he is to have this job, Marine One touched down on the South Lawn at about 9:04 pm Clustered journos got a quick wave as President Obama walked into the residence, trailed by the usual gang (Carney, Plouffe, etc)… (‘*&^%$#’ is pronounced ‘golldurn’)” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

No fruit for Zeke?

“I just don’t understand, Zeke Miller, next to me on the plane says ‘I don’t eat fruit.’ But it’s so delicious.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson on Buzzfeed‘s Zeke Miller.

From the Dept. of Insanity

“Let’s face it. We’re all a little bored with the Olympics. So at 1015 tonight switch over to Fox News & see me on @gretawire’s show.” — Bloomberg TV Contributor Neil Barofsky, whose name on account of this tweet should be Barfsky.

Skittle overload

“I have that feeling I’ve eaten too many Skittles on a long car trip — about this campaign.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Newsflash: GOP Victory Chair and possible Lt. Gov candidate Pete Snyder is officially a Fox Contributor as of this week. He says  ”I feel like I just got drafted by the New York Yankees.”

Travel encounters…

“Child in line won’t stop staring. Maybe she’s blinded by my beauty. Maybe she’s terrified by the job I did putting on mascara in the dark.” — Erica Elliott, Comm Director for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Journo marvels over new cab

“Just hopped in a cab, and it is literally brand new. I’m his first ride. What are the odds? Not used to good non-Uber forms of DC transport.” — Politico apparently very high James Hohmann.


“Last party at an aquarium I attended ended when an employee micturated on the penguins #tampa” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan. The definition of micturate is: urinate.

Obama makes sock joke to press

“As press looked on, Pres Obama mock-boasted ‘No holes the my socks. My grandmother would be proud.’” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller. AFP‘s Stephen Collinson further explains the moment in a White House Pool Report: “When he was done, he stopped to get his shoes and sat down on the edge of the mat right in front of the pool to put his shoes on in a rather unusual photo op. CBS’s Peter Maer commented  ‘very presidential Sir.’” And Obama responded above.


Journos Reveal When They Let Mom Down

In a twist on Mother’s Day today, we asked Washington journalists to think about a time or moment in their lives when they disappointed her. Just the asking part was fascinating in that it sometimes evoked complicated feelings. While many readily replied to the question, more than one declined for any number of reasons. A few said the question brought up touchy things they’d rather not discuss or have her see, while others dealt with the heavy reality that she’s no longer alive. We appreciate those who provided us answers, and to those of you who couldn’t or wouldn’t respond, we understand that too.

NBC Producer Andy Gross told us he’d rather not answer the question since his mother, Cornelia, passed away fairly recently and this is his first Mother’s Day without, as he put it, her “reassuring presence in my life.” In lieu of an answer, he sent this photograph of the two of them. He’s the one in the big black shoes.

SiriusXM’s Julie Mason: “I grew up in a seriously liberal family — Boston Irish Kennedy-huggers from way back. Effective modes of teenage rebellion were highly limited. I became a punk rocker, but that raised few eyebrows. Then one summer during college, I went to work for the RNC. It was like I had stabbed her in the heart! We both got over it, eventually.”

Mike Elk, In These Times Magazine: “My mother used to fart a lot when I was a kid and then blame it on me in public. Occasionally, I would be like no mom you farted, I dont know if that she was disappointed I wouldn’t take the fall for the fart, but she was certainly embarrassed.”

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: Probably when I was a young teenager and a few friends and I got nabbed by local po-po swiping political signs.  And nooooo, it wasn’t a partisan thing.  Just dumb kids seeing what we could get away with it in the dark of night.  Mom wasn’t pleased, but neither was Dad.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “I am sure that I disappointed my mother on many fronts. Thing is, I don’t really know what those things were, because she never betrayed disappointment. She was everything to me, and then she dropped dead in a supermarket in Schenectady, N.Y., 12 years ago. So I’ll add this question to the many that I never got to ask her.”

NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan: “My mother is a tough lady. You’d have to be, to endure the perpetual state of disappointment in which I’m certain she exists. She’s too kind to ever show this, of course, but I’d imagine on any number of levels – sartorial, behavioral, professional – the disappointment is almost total.”

The Daily Caller‘s Brian Danza: “I wouldn’t want to disappoint her more by saying something stupid in the media. My mom lives in Italy, so it’s not mother’s day over there. I am off the hook this time.”

Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan: “In general, my mother was very supportive and non judgmental so it is hard to say just what disappointed her, but if I had to guess it would be when she and my father would take my children in the summer so I could ‘get my act together’.  Instead, I went tooling around in the Greek Islands and pretended to be calling from a ‘bad connection’ when I checked in with them.  They never said anything, but being a mother myself, I know she knew, so assume she was disappointed.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “So I called my mom on this one. She denied every disappointment I accused her of ever feeling, including that I wouldn’t cut off my hair. Apparently I am a model child. Or it’s right before Mothers Day and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her gift situation. Gotta go, jumping on a plane to surprise her this weekend!

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “I have never disappointed her. Every mother dreams her 30 year-old son will spend his days driving across the frozen Iowa tundra in the hopes of yelling questions at a former Pennsylvania Senator in a pizza buffet restaurant.”

Publicist Dannia Hakki: “I have the lucky privilege of having a mother for a client. My mother is the COO of my father’s plastic surgery/med spa practice, Luxxery Medical Boutique. I am the boutique’s publicist. My mother loves to bother me about pitches, press releases and other public relation’s services that are included in her monthly retainer. She sends me daily emails with updates, questions, and concerns to make sure my father is being pitched properly. Take, Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine, for example. Email from my mother attached – in which she yells at me her assistant Maha about our pitching efforts.” An excerpt from her mother’s email: “This is going to become poop on Maha day because Maha doesn’t know poop about what I am talking about, and besides: AINT GOT TIME FOR THIS. Dannia, if you are in your office, please look in the pile of junk this is on your left hand side at your desk and you will find the PSP issue, at which point we can talk.”

NJ Magazine: The Cover

This week’s NJ Magazine features “The Odd Couple”: With his big win in Florida behind him, Mitt Romney hopes to impose order on the unruly GOP presidential race. But Newt Gingrich‘s vow to go “all the way” to the convention ensures that the drama isn’t over. In this week’s cover story, Beth Reinhard looks at the odd couple of GOP politics—Romney and Gingrich—and how they’re stuck with each other for awhile. Read here.


Basketball Junkie: Not the typical Washington influence-seeker, Chris Herren nonetheless spent two days working the Hill last month, meeting with senators, representatives, and trade-association leaders. Herren is a former NBA player and, by his own admission, a recovering addict who spent roughly 18 years bouncing from alcohol to cocaine to painkillers to heroin. A Q&A with Jim O’Sullivan. Read here.

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CBS News Radio’s Mark Knoller: “Pres. Obama – in white tie & tails – is escorted into State Dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

Journos react to Bibi’s speech before Congress

“The whiteness of Boehner’s fingertips is extremely distracting.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday tweet.

“Bibi playing Congress like a violin. #bibilovefest.”  — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a Tuesday tweet. He later added, “Bibi turns US Congress into a prop. End of story.”

“Bachmann seated w/ DeMint in senators’ section for Netanyahu. Better visibility.” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan in a Tuesday tweet referring to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

“Of all the members of Congress greeted by Netanyahu, only Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, scored a cheek kiss. #bromance.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday tweet. (After the speech we saw Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) get a European-style double cheek kiss.)

Roland rolls over Ingraham on Guinness remarks

“Laura Ingraham is whining about Obama drinking a Guinness while in Ireland. Seriously? Get a life!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Tuesday tweet. Read here for more.

A vital question

“@jonallendc Are you using your morning political newsletter to hit on girls again?” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a Monday tweet regarding Politico reporter Jonathan Allen.

More from London…

Hillary is sitting next to Prince Charles. Kind of think he has more in common with Bill.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

“#Obama w/ Sasha/Malia tidbit. Royal carriage ride on palace grounds for First Daughters.”What I did on my spring break” essay will be easy.”– NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo thinks outside the box

“If Dems can’t find a candidate to run against Scott Brown, they should run John Kerry‘s hair. It could get at least 30% of the vote.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in another Tuesday tweet.




The FishbowlDC Interview with WHCD Prez David Jackson

Say hello to USA Today‘s David Jackson and the guy responsible for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He’s the president. He’s the one who had to field all the irate phone calls from media organizations that didn’t get the number of tables they wanted. There were 100 more requests for tables than were possible to accommodate. He said he wasn’t cussed at, but assured us it wasn’t pleasant. “We did what we could,” he told me. This year’s entertainment, SNL’s Seth Meyers, was his first choice. (So if Meyers bombs be sure to email, call and tweet.) Jackson, a pleasant curmudgeon of an interview, wouldn’t bother telling me who was on the short list in case Meyers declined. He claimed not to have watched Lifetime’s “William and Kate” movie of the week, though suspiciously he knew exactly what I was talking about. He was also tight-lipped about saying who those angry callers were. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Classic Coke.

How often do you Google yourself? Never (I sometimes Yahoo myself to retrieve a story I have written).

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Both answers are unprintable.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I have one, but naming that person would annoy the dozens who finished in a tie for second place.

Do you have a favorite word? Not one, no.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both at the same time.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate. Vibrate

When did you last cry and why? When David Broder passed away.

What word do you routinely misspell? Judgement.

What swear word do you use most often? The f one, I’m afraid.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I’ll be interested to see …

What TV show do you have to watch? Mad Men

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Joseph A. Bank

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? With all due respect: None.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? Letterman.

Who is your mentor? Carl Leubsdorf

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? “Just work your ass off” — Dick Schaap told me that when I was in grad school; I don’t want to reveal the year.

Find out why Jackson last lost his temper? It involves FishbowlDC…

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The FishbowlDC Interview with NJ’s Jim O’Sullivan

Say hello to NJ Daily’s Chief Analyst Jim O’Sullivan. Over steel-cut Irish oatmeal, I pepper the blond-hair, blue-eyed scribe with questions about his career trajectory, whether or not he’s ever been arrested and what he thinks of Hollywood’s minor obsession with films set in Boston. I got answers to most of those questions, but not all. He has an unusual response to questions he doesn’t care to answer. Suddenly he’s the editor and insists that this intro is supposed to be brief.

The clean-cut O’Sullivan believes in old-school journalism principles and takes professionalism seriously. But back in February he wrote and filed a story with the following nut graph: In many ways, the base warfare is the embodiment of a political reality already apparent in the 112th Congress: despite the president’s sermons of bipartisan optimism, and the likelihood that at least some mutation of is essential to alleviating the country’s fiscal ills, it’s still a place where people like to fuck with each other.  His editor, Terence Samuel, promptly emailed him the offending words in blown up War font. O’Sullivan meant to change that “fuck with each other” part.

O’Sullivan grew up in Cohasset, Mass., 15 miles south of Boston. He has seen all the Boston-made movies and says you can’t believe everything you watch: “They try awful hard, but you sort of have to detach yourself from any local knowledge because otherwise the accents and the high speed chases through the North End render the whole thing pretty unbelievable,” he says in his own faint Bostonian accent. By far the most interesting thing about him, he says,  is his college roommate. “Like how is that not one of your lead-off questions?” he says in a subsequent email, apparently shifting back into editor mode. His roommate at Boston College was Kofi Kingston, a Ghanaian-born professional wrestler and WWE Intercontinental Champion. (Watch Kingston wrestle in a spectacularly skimpy green getup here.)

O’Sullivan came to NJ from State House News Service in Boston in September 2010. He had never lived anywhere else apart from a term abroad to Galway, Ireland. He won’t talk specifics about the interview process in Washington. “If you like covering politics then this is a pretty damn good place to be,” he says, explaining that the publication’s “tight, balanced” coverage of government drew him to the job. His career began at 14 covering sports when a neighbor got him a big break with one of the local papers.

Aside from that college roommate, O’Sullivan has had other brushes with famous people. His next door neighbor in college was “The View’s” Elizabeth Hasselbeck. O’Sullivan was nothing but chivalrous concerning the shoveling of her driveway.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? OK Cola.

How often do you Google yourself? I did before answering this question, to make sure I was still CEO of Mazda. Dude probably gets some of my hate mail.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Just about every time I’ve ever had a correction sticks with me and none is a pleasant memory. “I got it wrong” is pretty much as bad as it gets.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My older sister. If my younger sister would stop healing the sick and get into the family business, I’d have to call it a tie. But for now, Kate O’Sullivan (Williams) of CFO Magazine.

Do you have a favorite word? Negative [Meaning he doesn’t haven’t one.]

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Organic FLOTUS or Super Bowl FLOTUS? Because if it’s the former, I’d have to say Palin. But the White House spread on Super Bowl Sunday was enviable.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate or silent, usually.

When did you last cry and why? Tuesday. Completely spontaneously.  Walking past Tortilla Coast and just lost it.

Find out why he considers himself  “passively Irish.”

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Fournier Looks Outside Beltway for Two New Hires


In an early morning memo today, NJ Editor in Chief Ron Fournier announced the hires of two new reporters – they’re both Statehouse reporters. They are Jim O’Sullivan of Boston, Mass., and Alex Roarty of Harrisburg, Pa.

O’Sullivan is lead reporter for State House News Service. They are creating a new “chief analyst” roll for him at CongressDaily. Roarty, meanwhile, is editor at PoliticsPA and Pennsylvania Legislative Services. He covers the commonwealth’s Senate, gubernatorial races and congressional elections. Here in Washington, he’ll be staff writer on the political team.

Both men begin September 20.

Read the internal memo after the jump…

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