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FT Party: Characteristically Pretty in Pink

Anderson House, off Dupont Circle

Lionel Barber, Sen. Gillibrand, Jonathan Gillibrand and Richard McGregor


From Moet pink champagne to pink marshmallows dipped in coconut to lush bouquets of cherry blossoms, the Anderson House sparkled in the evening light. The pink was to remind guests of the salmon-hue of the Financial Times.

The Thursday night fest welcomed FT’s new Washington Bureau Chief Richard McGregor to town. A grand welcome it was. FT brass and staff jetted in from New York and London to put on an opulent gathering that included known Washington faces like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and wife, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, WaPo’s Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and husband, Jonathan. FT hosts included Editor Lionel Barber and U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett. Cocktail party circuit loyalists worked the room as usual, trading business cards and small talk and enjoying the booze.

But this was no ordinary Washington party in any other sense. It was a step above.  Even the hors d’oeurvres – gorgeous lobster rolls placed on fava beans, bites of marinated New York sirloin, or tuna tartare in small boutique sesame ice cream cones on a bed of coffee grounds – reflected it. FT has that sort of air – refined, upscale, impeccable — and isn’t a place terribly welcoming of anyone talking out of turn.

“The FT is very gentlemanly,” agreed Gary Silverman, FT‘s  U.S. News Editor who came in for the party from New York, who was spotted chatting with NYT’s Sabrina Tevernise and later with MSNBC Commentator and The Daily Beast’s Richard Wolffe.

Which is why, when toward the party’s end that Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist came to say goodnight to McGregor, that his parting note was jarring. “I’m going home to beat the kids,” Norquist said with a wide smile. McGregor, unfazed, bid him farewell.

The new bureau chief has a confident quietness. He’s neither the life of the party nor the wallflower. He isn’t full of thick Washington conceit, but he isn’t confused by what he was sent here to do. “Just get everybody facing in the right direction and let them go,” he says in his native Australian accent.

Radical change is not on his spoken agenda. “I’m building on the good legacy that [already exists],” he says. “No big changes.” Like Norquist, McGregor has a trick phrase up his sleeve. “I don’t have to come here and boot people up the bum,” he says.  A quick translation: “I don’t have to come here and push.”

Asked about the newspaper being a perceived pink, McGregor remarked, “I think of it as salmon.”

Born in Sydney, Australia, he worked for The Australian, the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and Far Eastern Economic Review and has spent much of the last decade in China as FT‘s Bureau Chief.  Washington is three months new, but so is America. “I have wanted to come to the states all my life,” he says. He’s living in Chinatown while he house hunts.

MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe and FT’s Gary Silverman

Lionel Barber, Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan and Sally Quinn

Photo Credit: Sam Hurd

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FT to Fete New Bureau Chief

Editor Lionel Barber and U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett of the Financial Times will host a welcome reception for their new Washington bureau chief this Thursday, April 14, 2011.  Honoring Richard McGregor who was appointed to the position late last year and moved to D.C. from London in January, the event will be held at the Anderson House on Massachusetts Ave. NW. Cocktails and canapes will be served from 6.30 – 9.30 pm.

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Need to Know…)

*Morning Scream Heard Around Washington: If you heard a shriek emanating from the enclaves of Georgetown somewhere early this morning, that would be my FishbowlDC partner in crime Matt Dornic, who awoke to the strangest person standing outside his door. When he went to take the trash out, he was confronted by a human-sized cardboard George Bush with a black patch over his left eye. Apparently George Bush the pirate version. “So weird. I screamed like a Girl Scout,” Dornic admitted to FBDC. He questioned most of his neighbors, but no one’s yapping. If you have any information on who the perpetrator or perpetrators are, don’t call the police, get in touch with us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com, FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com or FishbowlMatt@gmail.com. I’d say tell me first. Shhh…maybe we can arrange for Laura to show up tomorrow. “Someone will pay,” Dornic warned on Twitter.

*Cocktails and Canapes with FT: Next Thursday, FT is having a meet and greet at the Anderson House. It’s an opportunity to clink glasses with FT‘s Editor Lionel Barber, Managing Editor Gillian Tett and Washington Bureau Chief Richard McGregor, whom their welcoming with this reception. Business attire required.

*Politico has come up with greatest, not at all annoying hashtag. It’s #shutdownshowdown. Look for it and use it incessantly. Also look for irksome overused words like “hiccup” and “looming” as they relate to the possible government shutdown. Points to those who email us with examples of these atrocities.

Sunday Show Preview: 02.28.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), WH Director of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), President and CEO of National Urban League Marc Morial, BBC’s Katy Kay and Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Politico’s Jim Vandehei

ABC’s This Week: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), NYT’s Paul Krugman, ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a panel with Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, David Frum of FrumForum.com, The Nation’s Katrina Van Heuvel, ABC News’ Brian Ross, Fred Francis.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS News, TIME’s Karen Tumulty, WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid, David Shepardson of The Detroit News

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: The Soros Foundation’s George Soros, Columbia University’s Simon Schama, FT’s Lionel Barber

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, TIME Assistant Managing Editor Michael Duffy, Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bloomberg’s Mike Firn, Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

CNN’s Amanpour: Ehud Barak, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sunday at 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM
This week’s guest is George Miller (D-Calif.). Guest reporters are Perry Bacon of WaPo & Steven Dennis of Roll Call.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Morning Reading List, 10.15.08

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Crook and the FT

A few people have written in, wondering about the specifics of Clive Crook’s new relationship with the Financial Times.

Crook tells FishbowlDC:

    Well, I was delighted of course to be given those titles. I’m really grateful to Lionel Barber and the FT for giving me this assignment, and I’ll be seeking to repay the vote of confidence by helping out wherever I can, so my relationship with them will certainly not be “file and forget”. But the core commitment is the weekly column. I think I can combine that successfully with my writing and other commitments at The Atlantic and National Journal, but obviously we’ll all be watching to see how it goes. It’s up to me to make a success of it. Bear in mind, it won’t hurt The Atlantic/NJ for me to gain a higher profile as a writer–something I badly need to do after laboring in anonymity for so many years at The Economist. Both sides are fully in the picture about what I’ve promised the other, and gave me their blessing to do this.