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Washington journalists and political onlookers took to Memorial Day much as they would any other day. They flooded Twitter with the gamut of occasionally entertaining and mind-numbing commentary. Some felt some need to lecture their peers, while others had serious matters to address — in one case, a decision to quit drinking, which was later praised by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Here we offer 11 ways in which the writers and political types reacted to Memorial Day. Who did it well and who has major room for improvement next year?
A sicky on Memorial Day Weekend sees the glass half full: Shop till you drop!
“You know what you can do a lot of while you’re home sick in bed for 3 days? Online shopping. You can do a lot of online shopping.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.
Troops. What troops? This is my anniversary.
“Memorial Day 2004 I made a decision that changed my life. I haven’t had a drink since.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.
Short, sweet and just right.
“Thank you. #MemorialDay.” — NBC’s Kasie Hunt.
Who better to salute the troops than Sherri Shepherd?
“Thank you to all the veterans who have defended our freedom. And thank you to all military personnel who sacrifice daily. God bless you.” — ABC “The View’s” Co-host Sherri Shepherd, who took a brief break from oversharing to thank the troops.
Reality sets in. The weekend is not a break from murder, wildfires.
“Twelve people were shot in four days over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.” — The Baltimore Sun.
“Surging wildfire forced more than 1,000 people, including Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara.” — NBC’s Al Roker.
How thoughtful. The Lecturer.
“#MemorialDay: Enjoy the holiday, but take a moment to remember the reason behind it.” — Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi, who often has a thing or two to say about Washington politics and journalists. Thank God she reminded us what the day is really about.
The instigator and would-be weatherman tries to incite the progressives.
“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!” — Donald Trump.
Fun in the sun!
“Having fun in Chris and April’s pool over the Memorial Day holiday with @DexterVonFrisch.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. Dexter, his dog, won FBDC’s DogBowl 2011 as the cutest dog in Washington.
But, unfortunately, it’s not all fun and swimming with adorable dogs.
“I officially live in the Ghetto, local store robbed, my pool didn’t open on memorial day and the air condition is broke, shall I name names?” — DC’s answer to paparazzi, Marky Mark, a.k.a. Celebrity photographer Mark Wilkins.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture. Clearly, I won the day.
Rounding out Memorial Day on a gay note.
“Standout lead performances from Michael Douglas & Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic light up HBO’s #BehindtheCandelabra.” — Miami Herald feature writer Howard Cohen.
Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.
The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.
In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.
It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.
Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.
(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)
Happy Anniversary Chris Matthews!
This week the syndicated weekend program, The Chris Matthews Show, marks its 10th anniversary. In celebration, they will run a Top 10 Political In-Your-Face Moments of the Past 10 years. Guests will include some regulars: Bob Woodward of WaPo, Joe Klein of TIME, Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News, and Katty Kay of BBC World News America.
See the Top 10 List…
He writes, “The campaign is in a lull. The wars overseas are winding down. Washington is paralyzed. I’ve loaded up my iPod with some new songs. There’s nothing to do but….hit the road! And so, my third annual election road trip will commence on May 31–for three weeks through presidential battleground states, from North Carolina to, well, as always YOU get to decide the details of my route.”
He goes on to say, “I’m open to anything: brats, barbeque, baseball, flea markets or just a cup of coffee. As in the past, I’ll be bringing along some interesting traveling companions to keep me company. But my best traveling companions will be you. When was the last time a pontificating punditory prefect of the mainstream media asked you for your opinions? So put up or shut up…No kidding: I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”
QUOTES of the DAY – The Gossip Edition
Seriously Striped: TIME’s Joe Klein showing off a bold look on NBC’s Chris Matthews Show on Sunday morning.
Gossip reporter employs interesting gossipy lingo
“JLo & Marc Anthony are done-zo. This is divorce #3 for Lopez, and she’s only 42. How do you say “oy vey” in Spanish?” — The Hill‘s Howiella (a.k.a. gossip columnist and daughter to Howie K. Judy Kurtz) in a Friday tweet.
Scribe sees God in her hangover
“Hangover on a gorgeous day w a long car/boat ride w my family makes me believe 1) in God 2) we have the same sense of humor 3) vengeance is His.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani in a weekend tweet. On an entirely different matter, she wrote on Saturday, “HuffPo reporting that Rep. Pete Sessions is separating from his wife. (Did everyone already know this?)”
More on Lopez/Anthony split
“J-Lo and Marc follow the PR tactic of releasing divorce news late on a Friday so as to minimize coverage. Er, as if.” — WaPo‘s The Reliable Source co-writer Amy Argetsinger in a weekend tweet. She links here.
Spotted: A fashion-conscious Weigel on the Metro
“Ended up on the same train as your guy Weigel this morning. And I’ve got three words for the bag he was carrying: Fab.U.Lous.” — A FishbowlDC informant, who surreptitiously got a picture of the bag (yes, that blue blob with the words “Aspen Ideas Festival” pictured at left). The spy explained, “I tried getting a picture of his actual face but he was positioned in the weirdest way, facing the doors opposite of the doors that actually opened at Union…then he got off.” We couldn’t be more proud. This is what community journalism is all about. UPDATE: As some Fishbowlers may recall, Weigel recently had his iPad, which was in his messenger bag, stolen. The Aspen Ideas Festival bag was temporary. “While I was waiting for a replacement to show up I used the Aspen Ideas swag bag, which was as functional as it was turquoise,” our new friend told us.
Bio of the Day: Politico‘s CLICK reporter Karin Tanabe. “She once worked for the king of Belgium, is fluent in French and is adept at ordering a sandwich in Flemish. Tanabe, a graduate of Vassar College, has traveled to 45 countries.” Added detail: She runs 50-mile races for fun.
A Convo Between Two Journos
Today’s conversation is between The Hill’s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman and Slate’s Dave Weigel. To give some context, after endorsing Hamlet 2, Youngman took some flack for it.
Sam Youngman: Tough room today.
Dave Weigel: Not as tough as trying to watch “Hamlet 2.”
Sam Youngman: @daveweigel you make up with Betsy and pick a fight with me? How dare you? I shall defend Hamlet 2 until my last breath.
Stanton tries his hand at fashion reporting
“For the fashion conscious, the First Lady was wearing a sleaveless a dark purple dress, Malia wore what your pooler has been told was a lilac dress, while Sasha rocked a green dress. They entered St Johns at 1028.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton on Pool Duty Sunday at the White House.
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.
Managing Editor of TIME.com Jim Frederick and Rick Stengel, the managing editor of TIME, announced today the re-launch of their popular Swampland blog. In addition, TIME.com welcomed to the blogosphere “Battleland.” Led by Pentagon and defense correspondent Mark Thompson, Battleland will serve as TIME.com’s desitination for U.S. military and defense issues. Additional contributors will include Eben Harrell, Massimo Calabresi, Mark Benjamin, Ishaan Tharoor, and Dave Deptula.
To check out Swampland’s new and improved design, longer enterprise stories, photo galleries, Twitter streams and viewpoints, click here. And catch up on national security headlines and issues via Battleland here.
Memo from Stengel and Frederick after the jump.
Today we feature the last in our From the Road interviews during the Midterm election coverage. The interview is with RealClearPolitics‘s Erin McPike, who has spent the past few months crisscrossing the country with her colleague Scott Conroy. McPike was in Portland when we checked up on her. She moved on to Seattle where she spent election night and stayed at a hotel near the water.
Note to readers: Our From the Road feature will continue. Are you hitting the road for work? Let us know about it at FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com or FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.
What is your biggest impression of the campaign trail? You know how people say Washington is out of touch – no matter who is in charge? The Beltway IS a bubble. Joe Klein took a similar road trip and wrote about it in his cover story for TIME; he said his personal Beltway Bubble “turns out to be more a state of mind and a set of habits than an actual place.” He’s right.
Describe your stay in Portland. It’s a lot bigger than expected. Coffee shops, nice people, outdoorsy, rainy, full of character. On Saturday we asked a hotel clerk how long it was supposed to rain, and her good-natured response was, “Probably till May.”
How have the campaign staffs treated you? In Oregon, they’re all delightful. Campaign staffs in most areas we’ve been are generally very helpful. Talking to staff in person is always better than on the phone.
What have you been eating/drinking there? We’ve been in wine country for several days, which is fine with me. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir have never been favorites of mine, though, but they are big up here in the Pacific Northwest and pretty good here. My colleague, Scott Conroy, makes fun of me because my favorite beverage is milk, and I can’t get enough of it. Scott drinks IPA almost exclusively. We’ve eaten a lot of oysters and a lot of junk.
Is McPike looking forward to returning to “real life”? Find out…
• ABC’s This Week: Christina Romer, Chair of Council of Economic Advisers and roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Liz Cheney, Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, PBS New Hour’s Judy Woodruff and Robert Reich of The American Prospect.
• CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christina Romer of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Dem. Strategist Donna Brazile, Liz Cheney
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, “The Edge of Disaster” author Stephen Flynn, Exec. Dir. 9/11 Commission Philip Zelikow and NYC Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Falkenrath.
• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) with panelists Robin Givhan of WaPo, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox, XM’s Joe Madison, Black America’s Deborah Mathis, Roll Call TV host & Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham and News One’s Smokey Fontaine
• CNN’s Amanpour: General David Petraeus
We’ll update as we get ‘em.
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