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Quotes of the Day — Home for the Holidays Edition

HOLIDAY JOKESTER: “My favorite 2012 picture of Steve Buttry.” — Mimi Buttry, wife of Steve Buttry. Buttry is the Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. Nice, fancy title, Buttry!

Blogger goes nuts over bourbon balls

“Soaking nuts in Bourbon before I make Bourbon balls and I’m totally going to eat these nuts aren’t I?” — Laurie White, photographer, writer and blogger.

Roll Call researcher gets on wrong Metro car

“Of course I got on the Metro car with the puddle of barf in it.” — Katie Kovach, international affairs and defense researcher for Roll Call.

Important Question to Ponder: “I can’t believe people are tweeting about politics on Christmas Day. Why aren’t you people drunk struggling with electronics?” — InTheseTimes labor reporter Mike Elk.

“Fuckers”: The new way to say Happy Holidays!

“Happy Holidays to you too, fuckers.” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui to BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Politico‘s Kate Nocera and TPM‘s Igor Bobic.

Someone had to say it… “U.S. Senator in Deep ‘Crapo’ After DUI Arrest” — El Sharko blogger of Miami. (The Mormon senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, got a DUI Sunday night. Nice timing!)

BuzzFeed editor gets weepy over gay weddings

“Watching a bunch of gay wedding videos and slowly getting emotional.” — BuzzFeed senior editor Stacy Lambe.

Uh oh. Scratch the drunken driving jokes

“Drunk driver jokes aren’t funny, folks. Especially if someone you love has been taken from you by one. Not a GOP or Dem. thing.” — Paul Brandus of  WestWingReport.

“People, there is nothing funny about drunk driving. Nothing.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Good thing people sending gleeful tweets re Crapo DUI have never needed compassion after some stupid/hypocritical human failing.” — Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor.

Not a happy ending for this journo

“Merry Christmas to the TSA agent who touched my junk.” — Free Beacon‘s  CJCiaramella.

Editor copes with new holiday traditions

“My Presbyterian brain can’t process my Catholic wife’s family’s tradition of unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Peanut Gallery du Jour: “I bet Jesus gets super pissed that his birthday is so close to Christmas.” — FBDC and “Full Court Press” co-host Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Not having sex? 7 ways to start again”

Oops! Wrong address.

“Someone sent us five pounds of dry aged steak for Christmas. Sent it to the wrong house. Sat on a porch for a week. #tryingnottocry.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. As our own Rachel Ray (a.k.a. Ogburn) explained it, “aged meat = good, aged meat outside = not good.” Erickson also doubles as an imbibing Santa. He wrote, “The kids are sound asleep. Santa is about to put together the toys as soon as he finishes his bourbon.”

HELP!

“Just drove past a car completely engulfed in flames on the Ohio turnpike. Scary stuff.” — National Journal daily production employee Michelle Bloom.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“During Christmas service tonight, my 3rd grade daughter: ‘Mom what’s a virgin?’” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Um, constituents?

“Good morning Twitter constituents! Everyone have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday and I hope u all experience the joy the season brings.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of TheDCPundit.com, who transformed himself into a politician as millions of Christians celebrated the birth of Christ.

Holiday gun jokes: too soon?

“20-year-old twins Bob and Jim give Christmas gifts to 14-year-old Jefferson and 12-year-old Emerson: GUNS!” — Conservative blogger and ex-TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m told a bearded guy may break into my house tonight. Should I greet him w/ AK-47 or Glock?” — Current’s David Shuster.

“Idea: arm every air traveler.” — Wired senior reporter and third tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Hostess told me I just booked the last available reservation tonight at our local Chinese restaurant. #christmasmiracle.” — Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz.)

Down and out journalists… Read more

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GETTING CHUMMY: “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and HBO Host Bill Maher. Washington appeared on the”Real Time With Bill Maher” panel this weekend.

Riehl-y Disgusting

“So, I’m thinking Code Pink x Taliban = a Clitorrorist” — Breitbart.com‘s office misogynist Dan Riehl.

Honey Boo Boo to WHCD?

“Hey @Politico @pwgavin @CaitlinMcDevitt - You guys should invite Honey Boo Boo as your guest for the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013.” — DC Celebrity Celeb Photog Marky Mark.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Stephanopoulos refused to control roundtable so cons message couldn’t get out. Krugman lies. Melee begins. George allows. A tactic.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte regarding Sunday’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. Among the guests was NYT columnist Paul Krugman.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“M.C. Socket Wrench never really had the rap career his parents expected.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Legal shit is going down.

“The other Jen Rubin account makes me look like a pitiful shill who has completely lost all contact with reality. I am taking legal action.” — Not WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Fake Jennifer Rubin. CORRECTION: This could help the real Rubin’s case. We were fooled by the fake Rubin. This tweet is actually by parody Rubin, not the real WaPo writer. We’ve corrected the above to reflect reality.

Pimples, wrinkles and a receding hairline. Oh my!

“30s… That awkward age when you start noticing more wrinkles and a receding hairline, but still manage to produce pimples.” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

Irony is…

“Enjoying a weekend without our kids. Up randomly throughout the night as the kid in the room next door screams her head off.” — CNN and RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson.

Overheard…

“Woman ahead of me at Hair Cuttery says she’s 102. Tells stylist she wants a ‘new look.’ (Talk about pressure!)” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

A WH Correspondent can dream, can’t he?

“1. Peace on Earth 2. Goodwill toward men 3. Stronger urine flow #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, apparently thinking about urinating while watching MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” Funny, we always think about urinating when watching that show.

Free Advertising for Chef Geoff

“Hey @chefgeoffs, the Chesapeake Stew at Rockville site made birthday boy (my dad) very very happy! Cc:@NorahODonnell” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, who has previously and profusely praised Cheff Geoff’s restaurant. Come on, Geoff, free meal for Olivier or what?

Stupid stuff we couldn’t care less about

  • “On flight from Philly to laguardia, flight attendant notes that ‘this is a short 19-minute flight’” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman, who was apparently affected by the altitude before writing this tweet. That, or else, he came straight from a Phish concert.
  • “Just heard Carol Burnett tell my friend Guy Raz ‘Thanks for inviting me.’ The true greats have class like that.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. Saying “thanks” isn’t beyond the pale, for stars or trained monkeys.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Christie, Romney Speeches Leave Journos Questioning Meaning of Love, Respect

The stress of planning a four-day convention in the middle of a hurricane is something few will ever worry about. But an extra look at the list of speakers, what they plan to say and in what order?

Seems pretty standard.

On Tuesday Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered their much-anticipated speeches back-to-back. “I want to talk to you about love,” Ann gushed. “Love so deep only a mother can fathom it — the love we have for our children and our children’s children.” When Christie took the stage, he recalled his mother telling him that when it comes to choosing between being respected and being loved, “always pick being respected” and “that respect could grow into real, lasting love.” Then Christie offered up the most glowing endorsement of love to date: “I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.”

In short, Ann said, love is everything. Christie? F–k love.

The juxtaposition of the speeches left some people’s mouth’s agape.

“Can you love your children without being so paralyzed by the sensation that you ruin America?” Slate‘s Dave Weigel wrote.

“Just when we were getting softened and buttered up by Ann Romney, comes the raging bull of Chris Christie,” WaPo‘s Carter Eskew wrote. “Did Ann Romney’s and Chris Christie’s speechwriters share drafts with each other before last night’s keynotes? I ask because I thought it was a little strange… Christie’s speech almost sounded like a rebuttal.”

But producing live TV isn’t easy. A longtime TV news producer tells FishbowlDC the criticism aimed at the pairing of Romney and Christie’s speeches is “a little off base.”

The producer, who didn’t have time to be cleared by the media relations dept. to talk on record, noted that most voters who were watching the convention coverage, were likely flipping through channels and not trying to find a story line. “The number one goal for the convention was to get eyeballs on Ann Romney,” the producer said. “If doing that is pairing her with Chris Christie, who’s a rock star in the world of politics, it helps them, frankly.”

Nonetheless, the two speeches got the BuzzFeed treatmentRead more

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Quotes of the Day

“Good morning. A cup of coffee with my son Daniel outside- before getting ready for work. Thoughts on the day?” Love those dinosaur pj’s! — FNC’s Bret Baier on Friday morning.

The King of Buzz Returns

“Emerging from a week off the grid, doesn’t seem like I missed much.” — Buzzfeed Political Editor Ben Smith, who is apparently disappointed in all of us. Grab the tissues.

The Fix Hits Grocery and Destroys Day for Everyone

WaPo The Fix’s Chris Cillizza ventured out to the supermarket over the weekend and made sure to make the culinary experience fun-filled for everyone. Just see the reactions — they’re funnier than Cillizza’s original news.

Cillizza: “Taking a 3 year old and a newborn to the grocery store by yourself should be an Olympic sport. #London2012.”

“@TheFix Just sat next to a family with about a 3 y/o at Wegmans seafood bar. Shouldn’t be a sport, should be a crime.” — Col. Morris Davis.

“@TheFix maybe for a man; for women it’s called ‘errands’” — flack and news junkie Wanda Moebius putting Cillizza in his place. Wanda is a VAP at the Advanced Medical Technology Association. She’s formerly senior direcot at PHRMA, senior director at Dittus and managing director at Hill & Knowlton.

Dicking Around in the Airport

“In airport line women in flats look down on women In high platform heels teetering above them.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson. This was a toss-up between “Unnecessary Tweet of the Day” and “Dicking Around” but we’re sticking with his feature name.

Reporter has fun with sugar

“Thanks for the helpful tip, bag of sugar!” — HuffPost‘s Jeff Young. If you can’t make it out clearly, the bag reads: “Great for baking.”

Mark Knoller doesn’t watch Army Wives?

“TV choices tonight include Cupcake Wars and Ice Road Truckers. Hard to choose.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller in apparent wrenching internal conflict Sunday night.

We’re hanging on your every word, Howie

“Torn between Olympics tweeting and TV critics tweeting about Charlie Sheen, and Russell Brand mocking Palin. Both competitive sports.” — The Daily Beast/Newsweek, Daily Download and CNN’s Howard Kurtz.

Self-appointed media critic

“Judging by the people’s reaction, we are ready to vote out Obama and the media that cover him. #Onetermforallofthem.” — Short-lived Mitt Romney aide and former UN Spokesman Richard Grenell.

NPR’s Norris disses Ben & Jerry

“No disrespect to Ben & Jerry’s but you can keep your $6 ice cream cones. Two bucks will set you up nicely at DQ.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Press Sec. praises the Twitter Gods

“I got a warning email from @twitter within a minute of the first tweet from my hacked account going out. Amazing.” — Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) Comm. Director Ian Koski.

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“The Oval Office at night” — by West Wing Reports. (@WestWingReport)

Reporter doubles down on double down usage

“Not long ago, the vast majority of all ‘doubled down’ usages were in baseball stories–til it became an abused Washington political cliche.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

Vocabulary overload

“Used the word ‘miasmic’ on the radio this morning. Taking the rest of the day off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. Definition from The Free Dictionary: “a noxious atmosphere or influence.”

Dicking Around

“When a person extends himself to another in a trusting way.. makes her less likely to hold back & less likely to cheat.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson, who links to this piece on the science behind cheating, cruelty and greediness and other issues of morality.

Begala bashes the predictors

“Since some idiot predicts a brokered convention every cycle and it never happens, let me predict one for 2016 and get it out of our system.” — CNN Democratic pundit Paul Begala.

Publicist wants to cool off turned on computer

“Can someone make a computer that COOLS OFF when (overly) turned on? My lap and I would BUY THAT.” — Rachel Cothran, a publicist who also writes the ProjectBeltway fashion blog.

Words to live by…

“There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.” — Sophia Nelson, who is increasingly become one of my favorite Fishbowl characters. It’s like she’s the anti-Washington, swooping in to vaccinate everyone.

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“I didn’t know men could be called Bimbo.” — Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson this morning while wearing a traditional Carlson short red dress that stops mid-thigh. Carlson was referring to a Newark security officer who assumed a dead man’s name for the past 20 years. Needless to say, the Nigerian man’s name isn’t his real name, which is Bimbo.

FNC Chris Wallace’s boring admission

“48 out of 52 weeks a year I have chicken.” — Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace on Fox & Friends in an appearance with his wife Lorraine for her new book, Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken not to be confused with Lorraine’s future book, Mr. Sunday’s Eating Disorders. Wallace’s favorite chicken is apparently some sort of faux fried chicken dish.

Dicking Around

“Courtyard Marriott so confused me I had to walk outside to find my way to the front door.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson in an unusual state of confusion.

TV reporter gripes about failed delivery

“I hate it when you make an apt w/ a company to deliver a service at your home sometime in a 2 hr window, they don’t show & no call. FIRED!” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

Politico scribe wants to stay in Hilary loop

“Was away last week. Did I miss any big Hilary Rosen news?” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns on the CNN Contributor who recently went viral for a tiff with Ann Romney.

Journo questions black v. gay agenda at White House

“I mean how many times has the White House said that cannot discuss a ‘black agenda’-but a ‘gay agenda’ is fine????” — NBC theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson, who has been suffering from kidney stones. On Monday she was in discussion about a black versus gay agenda with American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

Roland on holy roll this morning

“Dear God, you easily lifted us out of a slumber this morning. May we have the courage to lift you up today & worship you without hesitation!” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin.

Disturbing headline from WUSA9: “Police: Man Had Sex With Woman While She Was Sleeping” — the story, however, is unclear and doesn’t quite match the headline. She woke up with the man on top of her. He had gone with her and her boyfriend to a picnic. Doesn’t explain the sex while sleeping part. Doesn’t say where her boyfriend was. Read the story full of gaping holes here.

Pre-wedding anxiety

“Feeling. Stressed!!! Time for tea and sitting still. And some dark chocolate. #weddingpleasedontkillme” — C-SPAN Producer Lauren Torlone.

Obama on ‘The View’: Uneventful?

“Pool Report on Obama’s appearance on The View: ‘He did not appear to make any major news.’ — The Nation‘s Ari Melber. Obama on ABC’s “The View” airs this morning at 11 a.m. ET.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day


“I want the wedding to be celebratory not militarized.” — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show last night in response to whether he’ll be inviting President Obama to his upcoming wedding to his life partner James.

“Biden outed him. … I’m not trying to be funny.” — FNC’s Sean Hannity on President Obama’s bombshell announcement on gay marriage.

Dicking Around

“Joe Biden has such an impact on evolution you’d think if you put a amoeba next to him it would be a horse in a day.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

This isn’t a fun fact, Sticky Schwab

“Fun Fact: Leon Harris has absolutely no idea what the Cupid Shuffle is.” – Washington Examiner‘s Schwab.

Dummy

“You think you can multitask and then you drive 20 minutes in the wrong direction because you’re doing a radio interview.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Self-Appointed Media Observers

“Apparently it takes THREE anchors for “big breaking news” — NPR’s Ben Bergman.

“We should still avoid references to apes, probably. #evolution #seewhatididthere?” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox, who also wrote: “Meanwhile, Shep Smith: ‘We’ll all be taking our underwear off and I look forward to that in so many different ways. #forreals #lgbt’”

“ABC chiron so special reporty that it cuts off POTUS chin. Where is the dignity of the office?” — Michael Scherer, TIME‘s White House Corespondent.

“I think Chris Matthews is going to cry.” — GQ‘s Marin Cogan on the MSNBC host.

Finally a JMart tweet a human can understand: “Joe Biden gets results.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.

And now for another reaction…

“I might just get gay married to celebrate. Who’s with me?” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall, who later added, “I might marry a goat later today.” (She is pretty cute, Colby.)

Be back later, guys.

“I’m off to see The Avengers now, but glad to discuss further later …” — Metro Weekly‘s openly gay White House Correspondent Chris Geidner cuts his conversation with Gawker‘s John Cook and BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith short. They were chatting with him about President Obama‘s announcement on gay marriage.

Clever Headline Award: “Obama Weds Himself (!) to the Position of Supporting Same-Sex Marriage” — Vanity Fair.

Hill reporter proposes to Meghan McCain

“Marry me?” — The Hill’s Jon Easley in response to MSNBC Contributor, Daily Beast Columnist and author Meghan McCain, who wrote, “Very happy to hear the President come out in support of gay marriage.”

Convo Between Two Journos

Slate‘s Weigel: “Okay, Biden. Now say something about decriminalizing pot.” ReutersSam Youngman: “Dave Weigel, if I’m not mistaken, Biden said on MTP recently he’s ‘comfortable’ with me not paying speeding or parking tickets.”

Update on NBC theGrio Columnist Sophia Nelson‘s kidney stones: “One has, I have a few–the misery index is HIGH!!!!!!! Thanks for asking love you guys!” Sophia says taking beer with her meds has been helping.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.


 

 

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Journo has to pass a kidney stone

“All of my tweets for the next few days will come via @hootsuite so I will not be responding. I have to pass this Kidney Stone. #BoomOnMe” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for NBC The Grio, Essence and USA Today. In a subsequent tweet, she again warned, “All of my tweets 4 the next few days will come via @hootsuite on a timer. I will not be responding or engaging followers. #KidneyStoneCalls.” Nelson leaves no stone unturned. About an hour ago, she wrote, “Good Morning Tweeps. Welcome to my new followers. I am still convalescing with Kidney Stones. Not fun…xo”  In the meantime, Sophia has been tweeting inspirational messages like, “If I want love, I must give love. If I want peace, I must sow peace…” She says her tweets this week will center around “getting rid of distractions in your life that block your blessings” — or, in her case, her urinary tract. Note to readers: We’ll keep you posted on when the stone passes.

Congratulations to…FT’s Mary Katherine Covert and House Speaker John Boehner‘s Press Secretary Michael Steel who got married in Meridian, Miss. over the weekend. Read their announcement in the NYT Style section here. A wedding attendee, CBS and ex-FBDCer Christine Delargy, sent in a picture of a publication she found there, calling it the “FishbowlDC of Mississippi.” We’re both flattered and frightened. See below:

Famed FishbowlDC reader Larry Kelly upon hearing the news that Washingtonian‘s advice column Harry & Louise is taking a breather: “Dear Harry & Louise, if I have friends who I rely on for advice and they desert me are they schumcks?” Our reply: We’re deeply sorry for your loss, Larry. And believe me, we’re feeling it too. This is a deeper question than it appears though. Since your name rhymes with Harry we suspect you’ll be feeling the painful reverberations of this for a little while. Take heart, Washingtonian is sure to come up with something genius to replace it.

How FNC’s Sean Hannity pronounces WaPo blogger and FBDC Fan Club Prez Ezra Klein: “Ezz-er Klein.” We’re sure he means no disrespect. (Thanks to The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor for letting us in on this fun fact.)

Prince Harry in Washington Today

“His royal fun-ness, Prince Harry, will be in DC today!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Harry, a known party animal,  is in town to receive an award on his work with war vets.

Convo Between Media Type and Aging TV Star

As many know, Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on “Saved by the Bell,” was the guest of the hour at Ron and Sara Bonjean‘s holiday party a few years ago. Ron is a public affairs specialist who runs The Bonjean Company.

Ron Bonjean: “Psyched to see @mrbelding on Mad Men tonight. Break through moment for the show.” A flattered ex-Mr. Belding retweeted and replied: “Thx Ron!”

Journo Love

Steve Lopez at the LAT is a treasure.” — CBS Political Director and Slate’s John Dickerson, who linked to this story by Lopez.

Unexpected Encounters

“I just met Marvin Kalb in the elevator. Random and cool.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz. Kalb spent 30 years at CBS and NBC News, where he was host of “MTP.” He’s an author and a fellow at GWU.

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NBC TODAY show’s Savannah Guthrie‘s feet brought to us by NBC Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen.

Amtrak responds to journo’s complaints

“Life is what happens when you’re on hold with Amtrak.” — The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn wrote the other day. To which Amtrak responded, saying, “@willrahn We apologize for the wait, but thank you for your patience.”

Dicking around in the morning…

“There are many ways to teach the kids about timeliness. Waking them in a panic because you were dickering on Twitter is apparently mine.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

More Olbermann analysis

“Just terrible luck for Olbermann…keeps getting hired by great people who turn out to be horrible right around the time he leave.” — Yahoo! News‘s Olivier Knox.

Journo Appreciation Society

“Thank you for the awesome #politicolive shout outs. Definitely one of my favorite parts of election nights!” — Politico‘s Juana Summers, who went up against the trifecta firing squad last night of Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Maggie Haberman.

Tornado gets train metaphor

“Fascinated by the ubiquitous use of ‘freight train’ to describe a tornado. How many people can distinguish freight trains from other trains?” — Progressive blogger and former web consultant to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton presidential campaign Peter Daou.

Journo blames spelling error on White House Press Office

“W.H. misspelled John Calipari’s name in their release, leading me to misspell his name in my item because I know nothing about basketball.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

At 3:07 a.m. Metro Weekly White House reporter Chris Geidner writes… “Can’t sleep. Grr. Trying again. :-/ Alarm is at 6a. … Night, tweeps.”

Feminist of the Day

“I hear that ABC’s ‘Honeymooners’ remake will be titled ‘I’m Gonna Punch That B****!’ — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Baier will answer literally anything

“Bret Baier mate batman is pretty intense for first thing in the morning? My kids and I go for Mickey’s Clubhouse,” wrote Steveathan. Baier replied, “Good idea.”

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Eavesdropping on @ESPN exec at a breakfast brag bout the net’s
next slate of docs, including films about Larry Bird, bodybuilding, poker” — Contributing GQ and The Atlantic Editor Marc Ambinder.

Shocker: No eBook mentions in this morning’s Politico Playbook.

CBS “Face the Nation” Partners With Google, Schieffer Plans on Summer Staycation

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…When FBDC showed up Monday at the launch of a new partnership by CBS and Google Plus in Logan Circle, we were greeted with pure, unadulterated love. “I read FishbowlDC everyday,” CBS intern Chad Sinclair said.

Bursting with good spirits, we made our way upstairs of Fathom Creative, where the launch was hosted, and found three open bars placed no more than 25 feet apart. They made damn sure getting a drink wouldn’t be a problem. That, in itself, could have presented a problem. Unfortunately no one got out of control.

Among the first reporters to join the party was Politico‘s party animal Mike Allen. He zipped around the room shaking hands and saying hi to everyone he knew and everyone he didn’t.

Allen left 45 minutes in but was replaced by his colleague Patrick Gavin, who was wearing a blazer with tennis shoes. Gavin told us that Politico Live, Politico’s venture into video news, is a work in progress but said “it’s fun to be a part of [it].”

We soon ran into the star of the party, “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer. “No!” he said when we asked if he had any summer vacation plans. “I’ll be working my ass off,” he said.

They gave out weird purple socks as party “favors” in honor of Schieffer, known for his striking hosiery (photograph below).

The event was held to unveil an interactive election-coverage feature that CBS and Google will host roughly once a month called “hangouts.” The gist: Voters across the country will be selected to participate in tele-town halls with Schieffer. A new voice-controlled Google software facilitates the discussion. The first hangout is scheduled for Thursday. Excerpts will air on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

In a brief party speech Schieffer joked that he’s worried about participants in the hangouts using software that puts “ears and horns” on his face on the screen. “I can’t wait for someone to be rude to me,” he said.

Everyone at the party seemed to admire Scheiffer, chatting him up and speaking fondly of him to one another. “So goes Bob, so goes the network,” we overheard one attendee say.

Notables

Others spotted at the party: CBS White House Correspondents Bill Plante and Norah O’Donnell, Political Director John Dickerson, Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, CNN’s Peter Hamby and the Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, who was surprisingly verbal even though her rumored policy is to give FBDC the cold shoulder.

Quotable

“I can’t believe FishbowlDC isn’t drinking” — CBS Vice President of Programming Chris Licht.

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