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A lawmaker uses the word “sux?”

“Member txts from inside mtg: ‘this sux’ I respond: ‘why?’ Member doesn’t respond.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Just wondering…

“Seriously – who are these people getting Capitol tour at 11pm??” — CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.

imagesJourno encounters alcohol-scented pols 

“About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze. It’s only 9pm. Wheeee!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Reporter breaks the rules

“Almost got kicked out of speakers lobby for taking photo of a piece of paper #rookiemistake.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Place to be during the shutdown: C-SPAN

“Exciting late night TV: House rules committee on @CSpan” — PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

Ezzy is old enough damn it!

“I’m old enough to remember when House GOP refused to go to conference committee  with Senate Democrats.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. To which MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin remarked, “You’re a day old?”

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Politico‘s Donovan Slack: “Can anyone tell what Obama’s drinking tonight in this pic?”

BloombergBNA’s Cheryl Bolen: “It’s Honest Tea, can’t tell what flavor.

Late-night observers

  • “Chuck Todd is fucking tired, man.” – BuzzFeed‘s TV-obsessed Dorsey Shaw.
  • “One day we’ll all tell our grandkids about the night the motion to go to conference on a short-term stopgap…nevermind.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.
  • Unknown-1“Pete Sessions seems sooooo annoyed to be there right now – and tired – I sympathize” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
  • “On the upside, Clinton and Lewinsky got together during the last shutdown.” — National Journal‘s Matt Cooper.
  • “House GOP looks just plain desperate. #pathetic #yourfault #GOPshutdown” — Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party.
  • “@louiseslaughter you just made the most idiotic point ever…” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DC GOP Girl.”
  • “At midnight Speaker John Boehner becomes a pumpkin. An orange faced, drunken, failure of a pumpkin. #GOPShutdown” — Syndicated liberal columnist Karl Frisch.
  • “All the gallows humor very much appreciated (and fun!) but Jesus Christ THIS IS FUCKED UP. Let’s just not forget that.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Important question to ponder: Which Washington journo pulled his back?

NPR reporter gets a sign from beyond?

“My TV just quit on me while watching CSPAN. Obviously a sign.” –  NPR’s Arnie Seipel at  10:15 p.m.

Eatery to lawmakers: No free pulled pork for you!

@PBBBQDelRay: “Free pulled pork sandwich for any gov employee if there is a shutdown. EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.”

Pre-emptive media strike

“No doubt OBJECTIVE @ABurnsPolitico, @maggiepolitico are working on piece asking y Hillary hasn’t ‘Soulja’d’ Obama for refusal to negotiate.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

 greenstripecoverfishWords to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

Editor’s brain shuts down

“You know what else has shut down? My brain. Time for bed. Will be up bright and early to cover the ongoing CR voterama. Night all.”– Red Alert Politics Editor-in-Chief Francesca Chambers at 12:10 a.m.

Confessional.

“My Dad lost a whole college trimester when the Pennsylvania government shut down and didn’t make his financial aid payments to the school.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Where are Julia’s feelings? “Am I supposed to feel something right now? #shutdown” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe at 12:06 a.m.

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HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS: “Some people call it dinner, I call it my nightly FEAST” — WUSA9′s Social Media Editor Simon Landau

A public mourning: NPR correspondent tweets mom’s death to the end

“The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.” — NPR’s Scott Simon at the conclusion of a weekend of near constant tweets chronicling his mother’s death. “She will make the face of heaven shine so fine that all the world will be in love with night.”

Affectionate: CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Deepest condolences and warmest hugs from the Tappers.”

Non-denominational religious: CBS’s John Dickerson: “Bless her and you Scott.”

Biblical Shakespeare? Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “A love that surpasseth all, @nprscottsimon. May God comfort you.”

New Age-y: NPR’s Michele Norris: “Big universe of ppl sitting at computer keyboards or staring at hand held devices who are raising hands for you and your mum.”

Going national: “Sending our condolences to @nprscottsimon and his family this morning.” — NBC TODAY Show.

And last but not least, the cliché response: “She’ll always be alive in you, Scott.” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, on book leave but took time to tweet something deep and profound to Simon.

ICYMI: We had thoughts on the whole tweeting your mother’s death phenomenon Monday.

The Media Observer

“What could be more appropriate–Eliot Spitzer on Hardball. He and Chris Matthews both pompous assholes.” — GOP political consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

Meghan McCain has serious doubts in headline writers

“I think I could cure cancer and the headline would be: ‘Meghan McCain, voluptuous, really curvy, not skinny, maybe fat woman cures cancer.’” — The Daily Beast and “Raising McCain’s” Meghan McCain.

Karl Frisch: Still not smoking!

“8 Weeks #SmokeFree! Will be two full calendar months on August 3.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Reporter impersonates Stuart Smalley

“I look good today.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:09 a.m.

A female journo’s dating woes

“If you go on a terrible date and the other person laments his inability to find a girl, do you have a right to tell him he’s the problem?” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Speaking of dating woes…

“Joe just threw his wedding ring across the room because he’s so upset about Brooks and Des. #Bachelorette” — Dr. Jill Biden parody account.

 

Syndicated Columnist Quits Cigs

Syndicated left-wing columnist Karl Frisch, also of Bullfight Strategies, has been offering updates on Twitter about his quest to quit smoking. He’s at about the three week mark. So we wanted to find out how he’s doing. But first, a few details: Karl smoked roughly a pack an a half of Marlboro Lights a day. At $8.10 per pack, his iPhone app says he has so far saved $278.67 by not smoking 688 cigs since June 3 at 2:30 ET — “When I type that all out that sounds even more disgusting,” he says.  Special note to Karl: So now that we’re doing this, you cannot return to smoking or we will have to report it. Yes, we are threatening you. It’s a gross habit and we’re so glad you have quit. What’s more, the second-hand smoke you were inevitably breathing on FishbowlDC’s 2010 Cutest Dog in Washington, Dexter von Frisch, is unforgivable. And not only because he’s such an avid FBDC reader, as shown here. Is that enough guilt for you to stay quit?

FBDC: What prompted you to quit? K.F.: I had bronchitis and my Doctor told me that if I didn’t quit, eventually how I was feeling (awful) would be the norm.

FBDC: How long had you smoked? K.F.: I started smoking when I was a Republican working on John McCain’s 2000 campaign for President. I was in South Carolina doing press advance when it began. We had an ashtray in the state campaign HQ that went from desk to desk. Sick, I know. I bought Marlboro Light 100s not knowing they were any different from regular Marlboro Lights. A young member of the South Carolina state legislature whose father was McCain’s lead consultant in South Carolina called them “fag cigarettes” and I was a Marlboro Lights (sans the 100s) smoker from then on despite my then-closeted sexuality.

FBDC: How are you feeling so far? K.F.: “Yeah, I’m awesome — and in a constant state of annoyance and hunger.”

FBDC: What’s the worst part? K.F.: “Life in general haha. In all seriousness, the first week I felt like my lungs wanted to leave my body and go to 7-11 in search of a pack of smokes. The cravings have been the worst part though they’ve lessened considerably. Coughing up all of the tar and junk in my lungs was pretty gross too. I’ve avoided the weight gain by simultaneously working out with a personal trainer and running most weekdays. Taking three very deep breaths each waking hour in my first ten days was a big key to passing a craving.”

There are a few silver linings here… Read more

Memorial Day: Who Did it Well?

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.

“I spent Memorial Day with @TeamRubicon, fighting the battle of SW 7th St in Moore, Okla.” — TIME‘s Joe Klein. Read all about it here.

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.

 

Is Your Dog Cuter Than Sapphire?

“My puppy at her 14 week trim.”April Ryan.

Today starts Dogbowl 2013. And it begins with American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan‘s puppy, Sapphire. Three years ago, the feature began quite innocently when we declared that Syndicated columnist Karl Frisch‘s puppy, Dexter von Frisch, was the cutest dog in Washington. At the time, he was four-months-old, weighed 12 pounds and was already reading FishbowlDC on a near daily basis. Many readers disagreed with our choice — and a new feature was born as pictures poured in from journalists all over town.

Ryan’s pooch has a certain regal air to her and who can resist those pink bows?

Think your dog has what it takes to make our list? Send us a picture and a graph telling us about the dog’s personality, likes and dislikes. We may ask to meet your pooch in person. If you’re a member of Washington’s media or a political journalist, send to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com. Dogs who entered our previous contest may enter again. We’re making an exception for Washington newest dog named after a media personality, Chuck Todd. He may enter the contest if he’s not too busy parading around the dog park showing off his famous name.

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Quotes of the Day

AUNTIE OF THE CENTURY: “This is what 100 years old looks like on my amazing great aunt, Helen Forbrich. Happy birthday, Auntie Helen!” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Baier’s son to get heart tests

“Good morning! Paul’s getting some tests on his heart this morning at @childrenshealth & he’s into “Wreck it Ralph”!” — FNC’s Bret Baier with accompanying photograph.

Reporter hates talking points requests 

“Least fav tweets are pols asking followers to retweet the talking points they’ve already tweeted 1,000 times before.” — CQ Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis.

This is how rumors get started

Norm Coleman on CNN right now…Wonder if Zucker is trying him out as a regular contributor? Talking with Hilary Rosen about #Oscars.” — Jennifer Moire, public affairs and media consultant.

A boiling hot idea for next year’s Oscars

“Next year they should just have Satan host the Oscars.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Journos face rough start to week

“Yep, please start my Monday morning with construction knocking out the water pipes … Again.” — Politico‘s Seung Min Kim.

“Apparently I slept on a mouse. True, it was a stuffed toy mouse, but the sight still jolted me as I got out of bed. #helloMonday” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:29 a.m.

Editor feels pulled in different directions…

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Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition

SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.

Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s

“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.

Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”

Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters

“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?

Speaking of excitement…

“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.

And again…

“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.

“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

The Jokester Caucus

  • “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
  • “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
  • “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
  • “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
  • “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
  • “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.

The Critics

“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”

Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.

“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.

“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.

Gratitude is…

“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.

“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.

“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.

Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise! 

“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Wardrobe Change

“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

The sharp-tongued observers… Read more

Washingtonian Media Writer Meets Chuck Todd The Dog

In mid-December, syndicated columnist Karl Frisch unearthed an odd tidbit of news that a dog answering to Chuck Todd, named after the NBC White House correspondent, had surfaced at his dog park. He snapped a picture and slapped it up on Twitter. Now Washingtonian media writer Harry Jaffe has gone a step further: he interviewed the owner and the dog when he, too, came across Chuck Todd the pooch at the dog park.

It turns out Todd, the human version, has a following of women. The dog owner’s wife as well as Jaffe’s wife, Louise, both consider themselves to be Chuck Todd groupies.

“Chuck Todd is at once frisky and easygoing, engaging but calm,” writes Jaffe of the four-legged Chuck Todd. He exudes, ‘Trust me, I know what I’m saying, and I have the numbers and sources to prove it.’”

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Dog park at dusk.” — Syndicated lefty columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. With accompanying photograph.

The Observer

“Softball-sized grapefruits are a satisfying reminder that winter is not a permanent state.” — NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

Editor has quite an imagination

“Starting a band called Beyonce’s Child where Beyonce adopts me and we get matching hairdos” — WaPo editor Lindsay Applebaum.

Politico reporter urges coworker to run for office

“Now getting campaign emails from reporters for the Senate Periodical Press Gallery Executive Committee election. Where’re [sic] yours @mkraju [Politico's Manu Raju]?” — Politico transportation reporter Burgess Everett. Raju’s title is Senior Congressional Reporter.

Journo Love from Ann Coulter

“@EmilyMiller of the Wash Times was just interviewed on Fox News. She’s a better spokesman for gun rights than Wayne LaPierre.” — Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter.

Reminder: BuzzFeed Brews, the new interview series, begins tonight at The 201 Bar on Capitol Hill. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, the interviewer, may or may not let you in. Not to worry, Washington Bureau Chief and tonight’s emcee, John Stanton, will sneak you in the back door. Beware of publicist Ashley McCollum, who likes to stir up trouble. Festivities kick off at 7 p.m.

 

Convo Between Two Journos concerns Bloomberg‘s snack prowess. Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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