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Quotes of the Day

“I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Daily Caller party.” — partygoer at The Daily Caller‘s book party last night for Will Rahn and Jamie Weinstein for their new eBook, The Lizard King. They hired this woman above on behalf of Emperor Vodka. Naturally she showed up in a French maid outfit. As you can see, the publication’s infamous White House Correspondent Neil Munro wastes no time in chatting her up. More on the party later…

“The great thing about life is that sometimes after you take the steps, then the path appears.” — TLC’s “What Not to Wear” host Stacy London at 6th & I Synagogue last night to discuss her new book, The Truth About Style. More on her talk later…

Confessional.

“Big Bird: My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?” — Sesame Street.

Overheard…

“‘I filed an extension on my taxes. But it only went till October, so…’ — cocktail chatter at Daily Caller book release shindig.” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Reporter gets real about kimchi

“After 7 painful years, I am throwing in the towel on pretending to like kimchi. I’ll never be cool enough to eat fermented cabbage.” — HuffPost politics reporter Laura Bassett.

Another food admission…

“Breaking: gluten free, dairy free pizza is the most depressing thing I’ve done.” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani.

Morning observation at the White House

“Just arrived at the White House. Didn’t see any below-8% dancing on the front lawn.” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

Anonymous journo to FBDC: “I helped launch MSNBC and I remember they got rid of Ann Coulter. Which was a shame because she had great legs.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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Quotes Of The Day

ABC7 Stephen Tschida braves Germany and Austria this week: “In Vienna. Aunt Molly suggested today I take bike ride through the park. I’m thinking ‘life insurance.’” Two days prior, Tschida got hit by a car. “Never won lottery. But lucky today. Hit hard by car while biking in Munich! shaken, bruised and dizzy. but think I’m O.K.” Stay off the trains, Stephen, please.

Campaign season realities

“Secret Service removed the mailboxes at Century Village. Man says he walked around retirement community all morning trying to mail letter.” — Nora McAlvanah, Executive Producer of FLDemocracy2012, “FL’s source for campaign news.”

Hilary knocks Michele

“Well maybe some of u think Michele Bachman isn’t irrelevant; but her celebrity IS entirely negative.” — CNN’s Hilary Rosen, who won’t likely be wearing the Queen Bee jewelry line favored by Ann Romney. She can, however, bond with Michele about their one “l” first names.

Journo drawn to waffle fries

“The more people hate on Chik-fil-a, the stronger my craving gets for their waffle fries. I feel so guilty.” — HuffPost‘s Laura Bassett, who recently went on that ill fated Date Lab date.

The Media Observer

“Talking to young reporters, there is a new genre emerging: Lotsa folks ‘want to be the@WillieGeist1 of [insert television show here]‘” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Convo Between Two Journos

WaPo‘s Karen Travers: Office debate-how do dressage horses get to the Olympics? Do they fly? Boat? Anyone have experience with this?

ABC’s Amy Walters: Fairy dust?

 

 

Fishbowl 5 with HuffPost’s Laura Bassett

In the latest edition of WaPo’s Date Lab, HuffPost’s Politics Reporter Laura Bassett subjects herself to the dangers of blind dating. She was set up with a man named Eli Savit, a lawyer, and let Date Lab document the whole event. While it sounds like a good time was had by all, Bassett made clear that she has eyes for someone else and there will be no second date. We caught up with her to get the scoop on what really happened on the date in this edition of Fishbowl 5.

1. Did you really have as much fun as you led on in the WaPo piece? I wasn’t convinced. Of course. The Washington Post gave me $125 and two disposable cameras and sent me to dinner with a cool guy. You’d have to be a serious wet blanket of a person to not have fun.

2. It sounds like this whole experience pushed you in the direction of someone else. How’s that going? It’s going great, despite Date Lab’s oddly aggressive commenters telling him to run for the hills.

3. You mentioned that there were some arguments related to politics over the course of the evening. Did it get tense? What were the arguments over? It didn’t get that tense. We were arguing over whether it was okay for the Obama administration to require employers to pay for birth control. You know, typical first date getting-to-know-you banter.

UPDATE: The couple’s arguments weren’t nearly as heated as we’d imagined. Bassett wrote in to clear things up, saying, “I’d like to clarify something I said: Eli and I were not arguing about the contraception rule, we were simply discussing it. I did not mean to imply that Eli took a position one way or the other.

4. Was there ANY sexual attraction between the two of you? No, probably because of the circumstances.

5. What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? One time I went out with this guy who talked about himself throughout the whole dinner with a big green food particle in his teeth, and then demanded that I pay for his towed car that he had illegally parked at a clearly-marked space at my apartment. I think I actually threw the cash at him and told him not to call me.

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If you want a friend in Washington…Meet Kendall, CNN and RedState’s Erick Erickson‘s new pup. It is uncertain whether he will join the ranks of ABC News’s Jake Tapper‘s cat, Walter, and dog, Winston, with brand new Twitter accounts.

Only in Washington…

“Overheard on street corner: woman lamenting a coworker’s insufficient respect for her knowledge of the Spanish Civil War. #onlyinDC.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

Journos fall in love with George W all over again

“Laura Bush is rocking a popped collar in her official portrait. #likeaboss.” — TPM Assoc. Editor Sara Libby.

“MAN I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH” — Wonkette/Salon/Guardian Contributor Jim Newell.

“Got a wink from W during his speech. Before he spoke of unconditional love of his dad” — American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

“Bush looks tan.” — The Guardian‘s Social News Editor Katie Rogers.

“President Bush 43 is on fire with these jokes. Hilarious.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Just fantastic.” — MSNBC.com’s Mike O’Brien.

Forgot how quick W was to tear up…refers to his pop’s ‘unconditionally love’ [sic] and gets weepy.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

“Grace all around at WH unveiling of portraits on GWB and Laura Bush.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Headline that should disturb you: “Man admits to eating roommate’s heart and part of his brain.” More here. (Thank you to blogger Jeff Quinton for alerting us to this. He remarked to FBDC, “Just worried that the dude lives so close to my wife’s brother and his family honestly.” He writes The Quinton Report. )

Journo witnesses jumper

“Well, I saw some poor guy jump off a building, and made a statement to the cops. So today took a different turn.” – Free Beacon‘s Katherine Miller.

The Matchmaker

“Attention ladies – John Edwards is available.” — Townhall and Breitbart.com‘s Derek Hunter.

In other Edwards gets away acquitted reaction…

“Let he who has never betrayed his cancer-stricken wife, fathered a child with a mistress and had his aide take the fall cast the first stone.” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman.

“He is really deluded here if he thinks he has a political future.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on this morning’s TODAY show. Todd can never really hide his dripping contempt for Edwards.

“John Edwards managed to do in court what he does best and he was the defendant this time–waste tax payer money.” — TWT‘s Kerry Picket.

Journo watchdog deals with wayward moth

“Moth has camped out at the top of our 20 foot entry ceiling. Wife has closed all the bedroom doors as a precaution.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

HuffPost Politics Reporter Laura Bassett has the moving blues: “Moving is like repeatedly stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork.”

Spoken like a true blogger

“I hate meeting new people.”– Lisa De Pasquale, an Alexandria, Va. -based blogger who writes The Lotus Blog.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


WHCD Tick Tock

We’re recapping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner from Saturday night with a special Tick Tock. Enjoy as we take you through the night.

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

5:30 p.m.: I meet up with Eddie at a shitty McDonald’s in Adams Morgan as the sky opens up to a downpour. Eddie is visibly pissed. He had his umbrella in hand and left it since (he says) weather reports declared that it wouldn’t rain until around 11 p.m. That’s right, we start the evening with Eddie blaming the media.

5:45 p.m. Peter, Eddie and I convene at the Washington Hilton bar to inhale Cokes as we mentally prepare our plan of attack for the evening.

6 p.m. We approach the escalators and are turned away from going downstairs because we need to show the security man a copy of our invitation. He says he knows its stupid, but it’s the way it is. Our knight in shining armor, HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim approaches and hands me what is comparable to contraband — a photocopy invitation of one of the pre-parties. He has several copies.

6 :10 p.m. And we’re in. We’ve entered the Atlantic/NJ/CBS pre-party, where the star of the evening is actress Claire Danes. She’s there as a guest of CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. Her brother tags along. Nonetheless, Schieffer stays close by Danes. Asked if he has the best guest of the night, he says, “I mean, it’s Claire Danes, what more do I need to say?”

6:19 p.m. Outdoor parties are the loser of the evening. It’s cold, damp and people are on a mad hunt for the bars. But we also spot our first WHCD big butt of the night; or perhaps that’s just an ill-fitting coat.

6:34 p.m. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) enters Atlantic fest. Mother Jones and MSNBC Contributor David Corn is here with the lead singer of OK GO. This was the big q of the night at this party — who is David Corn with? NJ Publicist Taylor West tells me FishbowlDC had better get to the bottom of this.

6:40 p.m. We’re now mingling out in the hallway, watching Bloomberg’s Stephanie Green interview model Elle MacPherson, who is wearing a high slitted sleeveless black gown, similar to what Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars. We hear Stephanie conclude her interview by saying, “Thank you so much. I love your underwear!” Whoa! What? We asked Stephanie if she had said what we thought she did. She said what many inevitably say to reporters: “You’re not quoting me on this, are you?”

6:42 p.m. The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab gives Eddie the first cold shoulder of the day — it’s actually FBDC’s second bout of coldness from her in a 24-hour time frame. Don’t worry, there will be more.

6:43 p.m. Shock of all shocks, Politico‘s Mike Allen has his face buried in his Blackberry.

6:44 p.m. We wander into the TWT reception hoping to meet Uggie the dog and hear he was just there and just left. We meet TWT‘s Kerry Picket and her boyfriend, whom the blond towers over.  The party ironically serves Mexican food. WSJ‘s Neil King is here with his daughter Lilly.

7 p.m. Next stop: Bloomberg reception, where NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg is holding court in the center of the room in a purple bow-tie. A partygoer sees a black woman across the room and asks, “Is that Michelle Obama?” Actor Kevin Spacey is also here and singer Alicia Keys. Guests attack them for photographs like a bunch of star-crazed idiots.

7:10 p.m. Back out in the hallway, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer asks Peter if he’s “just here to watch the hotties go by.”

7:15 p.m. We run into Pollster Frank Luntz, who’s dressed in a goofy striped suit and his signature sneakers. He’s miserable, he says. “Too many people, too chaotic. That said, there’s nothing like it.” He answers questions about his sneakers, saying that at this point he has maybe 35 pairs. He has three homes so he says he has to split them up. Luntz surmises by the end of the year he’ll have between 40 and 50 pairs. He explains that when he worked for a previous network they made him wear a tie, which he found so confining. So he decided they can force him from the neck up but from the feet down? That area is all his. No idea who owns the area between his neck and feet.

7:17 p.m. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says it’s “great to see so many young people here.” He forgets he’s not at a campaign rally.

7:20 p.m. Took a bathroom break. Walked in behind Schieffer. Walked out behind Luntz.

7:24 p.m. Lady drops tray of wine glasses. They shatter. Glass everywhere. She’s all nonchalant about it. No one hurt.

7:25 p.m.: James Davis, spokesman for the GOP Convention in Tampa, is bragging to Politico‘s Charlie Mahtesian that he ate 11 onions in 8 minutes during last year’s Vidalia Onion eating contest, which he nearly won. Because of the WHCA dinner, he’s missing this year’s onion-eating contest.

7:26 p.m.: HuffPost‘s Laura Bassett “on a mission” to find actress Reese Witherspoon. Just saw lead actress from “B in Apartment 3″ have to find out her name.

7:27 p.m.: NYT‘s Brian Stelter saunters by holding hands with his girlfriend, who has donned a bright red dress. “She is cute,” says Eddie. And we spot another set of WHCD big butts.

7:28 p.m. Rep. Fred Upton‘s niece, model Kate Upton, walks by. Heads turn. Onlookers try to figure out who she is. Because she looks like SOMEONE. Peter says he’s going to text his neighbor’s horny son to find out who she is.

7:29 p.m.: MSNBC Commentator Richard Wolffe escorting Chef Jose Andres for the second night in a row. Andres is responsible for the outstanding fare at The Atlantic‘s David Bradley‘s Friday night soiree that included things like crushed beat on toast and crispy avocado.

7:30 p.m. The balding gentleman with Elle MacPherson casually places his hand on her ass on their way down the hallway toward the ballroom.

7: 40 p.m. Eyes turn as CBS Chief White House Norah O’Donnell walks by in a long, bright yellow sequined dress that’s scooped out low in the back. Bystanders remark favorably on her attire. On her arm was Chef Geoff (Mr. Norah O’Donnell) escorting her. No one remarked on his tux.

7:42 p.m. Woody Harrelson seen leaving reception. Corona still in hand. Though he spent much of the weekend glued to Steve Schmidt‘s side, we hear he was flirting heavily with certain female reporters over the weekend.

7:43 p.m.: Always the charmer, Eddie rushes up to actress Kerry Washington, whose wearing a lovely long peach gown, and tells her how great she looks. Washington stars in the new series “Scandal” in which she plays a lawyer who has slept with the President of the United States.

7:44 p.m. Tom Hanks‘s son, Colin, who is the spitting image of his father, is mobbed by partygoers and friends in the hallway.

7:45 p.m. Garden brunch extraordinaire Tammy Haddad heads toward the ballroom with the 4’11” Daniel Radcliffe in a sparkly red and black blazer.