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A Night Out With Miss America


Katie Stam and Helen Thomas

FishbowlDC caught up with Miss America Katie Stam at last night’s Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner. A guest of CQ, Miss America was certainly the center of attention at the Ritz, taking hundreds of pictures with congressmen and journalists.

Stam actually aspires to be a broadcast journalist herself, though she says (with a smile, of course) everyone she’s met in the industry on her media tour so far tells her, “don’t do it!” She loved to anchor in Minneapolis (Indiana is home), but says “being around politics intrigues me.”

So would she want to work in DC? “I’m keeping all my options open,” she says. And based on that answer alone, we think she can handle it.

After just a week and a half, Katie says she and her handler are pros at navigating all the media attention. But just how do you become Miss America’s handler? Stam’s handler, Julie Hoffman, get this, found her job on monster.com.

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Sen. Klobuchar A Hit at Congressional Dinner

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was a hit at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner last night at the Ritz. The crowd had low expectations for the freshman Senator (more on that here), but she certainly won over the room of colleagues and reporters, who she was quick to point out, were all scooped by the National Enquirer on the John Edwards story.

Line of the night: “I set an all-time United States Senate record- this is true: I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends. Speaker Pelosi, I may have the record in the Senate. But I know in the House, that record is held by Barney Frank.”

Rep. Barney Frank was in attendance.

Poor Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had a tough act to follow, but got this line in. “I heard that TurboTax bought a table tonight to promote their new Obama Cabinet edition version 9.0. It asks if you’ve been nominated for a Secretary position, and if you click Yes, the software just skips through the rest of the questions and calculates your refund, without any penalties.”

Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi- “Times are so hard when Timothy Geithner gets a call from the NY Times, he doesn’t know if it’s for a story or a bailout.”

Speaker Pelosi also revealed President Obama and Rahm Emanuel’s email addresses, Imallears@whitehouse.gov and bleepbleepbleep@whitehouse.gov, which at my table, prompted a conversation on what whitehouse.com is between Bill Press and Miss America Katie Stam

More (paraphrased) jokes from last night after the jump.

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