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“Thirty? I have underwear older than that. But Happy Birthday!”Politico‘s Roger Simon in response to some guy in New Hampshire saying he turned 30 and “Haalp!”

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MEGHAN’s DIGS: “Little outside photo shoot for the Financial Times in my hood today!” — Meghan McCain.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Please pass along my sarcastic thanks for PoliticoPro’s so-called reinvention of policy coverage.”

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Confessional.

“1 of my least fav moments as a reporter: when I’m transcribing from tape and realize I interrupted some1 saying something really valuable.” — National Review‘s Jonathan Strong.

Important Q to Ponder: “So it’s a bad idea to create an anonymous twitter account on which you viciously tear apart your colleagues?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

And this… “I think @BuzzFeedAndrew will get a raise when it’s found out he’s actually running 73 anonymous Twitter accounts.” — BuzzFeed Legal Editor Chris GeidnerAnd this… “Hope CBS doesn’t find out I’m on Twitter.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

UnknownTravel Bitches

“I know I’m only 5’2″ and sitting in the magic exit row seat with quadruple leg room. But come on tall guys. Enough with the dirty looks.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

The Nostradamis of Washington

“FWIW, I suspect the entire O’Care website drama will end up being a small chapter in this novel.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

From the peanut gallery…

“Wish @CNN cared about those millions losing their insurance & suffering premium spikes as much as they do those g**damned blackfish.” — Breitbart News editor John Nolte.

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HEY, IT HAPPENS: Journo’s mother-in-law confuses BuzzFeed for “BizzJizz”

“Confused Cuban mother-in-law after meeting our friends from @BuzzFeed: ‘Those reporters from that cat site BizzJizz are so nice.’”  — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

BOLD STEP-NOTICE THE TOES: “My weight. One year ago today I was 118 and felt fat. I feel good about this actually. #obsessed” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi.

Intriguing job opportunity in Cairo

“I’m looking for a fabulous videojournalist based in Cairo. Email me at anup[dot]kaphle[at]washpost with few links to your previous work.” — Anup Kaphle, digital foreign editor, WaPo.

In corned beef news…

“Hey @BuzzFeedBen Having lunch at Shapiro’s in Indy, where the corned beef is still respectable and the wifi ain’t half bad” — Politico‘s new longform magazine writer Glenn Thrush.

Correspondent encounters random act of kindness

“Had a less than stellar morning, then ran into a #GMW viewer at CVS who gave me a really nice compliment. Day made! Thank you stranger! :) ” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Important Q to Ponder: “Does @mboyle1 do anything but troll actual reporters?” — TIME‘s Dan Hirschhorn, who formerly worked at Politico.

Even More Important Q to Ponder: ‘What’s the deal on ‘pretzel rolls?’ Suddenly it’s the bun of choice for everything.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

Reporter speaks directly to Egyptian generals

“Hey Egyptian generals, not gonna tell you how to run your country, but you’re supposed to protect your civilians, not kill them. Just saying.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green at 7:28 a.m.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:34 a.m.

GOP consultant has strong feelings about Graham challenger

“I’ve never heard of Lindsey Graham’s primary challenger before but this statement just screams ignorant jackass.” — Brian Walsh, partner with Singer Bonjean Strategies, who links to this story in HuffPost stating that the challenger says Graham is a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood. (Honestly we just wanted an excuse to run the nun picture again.)

Chef Geoff examines upshot of a haircut

“The good thing about a haircut is less gray hair. The bad part is the ratio stays the same. #40+” — Chef Geoff Tracy (a.k.a. Mr. Norah O’Donnell).

Reporter confuses “Morning Joe” for feeling tanked

“Thought I woke up drunk but it was just that I’ve been watching Morning Joe since 6am.” — Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between founding co-editor of DCist Michael Grass and WaPo’s Tim Craig. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

GRASS: “A friend who moved to DC from overseas has been having a problem with DC water making hair fall out.”

CRAIG: “How do u know from water?”

GRASS: “A hairdresser told him that mass hair loss is not unheard of for people going from untreated water systems to D.C. water.” And…”He’s headed to Cairo tomorrow to cover protests so we’ll see if the problem continues upon his return to D.C.”

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“They are creepy creeps who don’t know they got a problem.” — CNN Contributor Ana Navarro on “New Day” this morning regarding New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner remaining in their respective race and political position.

She has a point.

“Anybody that says ‘TMI’ to me on twitter is failing at the internet.” — Daily Beast columnist and “Raising McCain’s” Meghan McCain. But can she maybe cut down on the exclamation points? “I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S SO COOL!!!! So proud (tomorrow is the last day of filming, emotions are at an all time high)!”

The Media Observer

“By my count, Pres Obama has held 123 press availabilities since taking office of which 24 were formal, solo WH news conferences.” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Forget happy hour. Try anchovies!

“Certain days can only be fixed with anchovies at 2 Amys.” — Washingtonian Style Editor Kate Bennett.

The Media Observer

“Wolf Blitzer right now doing some hard reporting on ‘BEYONCE’S NEW DO.’” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau’s Asawin Suebsaeng.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:17 a.m.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between NBC’s Andrew Rafferty and Tim Murphy, executive director of America Rising PAC and former Huntsman and GOP flack.

RAFFERTY: When I told @anthonyweiner I was covering his campaign he told me to “You gotta get a hobby””

MURPHY: May I suggest chatroulette?

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New WaPo executive editor is “human Ritalin”-- Martin Baron, executive editor at WaPo, is profiled by National Journal’s Chris Frates. Except “profiled” is usually a word reserved for people who let you in and see at least some of what makes them tick. Baron won’t say what makes him tick. He’ll hardly say anything. It’s even a wonder he agreed to have a story written about him. “Baron is almost a kind of D.C. antimatter,” Frates writes. “He does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post…” But what readers do learn about Baron is that he’s a middle-of-the-road, no frills “newsman” in every traditional sense of the word. “Human Ritalin,” as Frates describes it.

“Morning Joe” is “what’s wrong” with MSNBC?– Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a thing for “Morning Joe.” Namely, he hates it. He regularly calls the show’s main host Joe Scarborough a hack, but then again he has an annual hack list in which lots of journalists are hacks. He picks up on any controversial remark. There’s nothing discernibly nice that Pareene has ever written about the show. That pattern continued Monday when Pareene wrote that the reason for MSNBC’s recent decline in overall ratings can be encapsulated in “Morning Joe.” “Every other TV morning show is mostly fluff and weather,” Pareene writes. “’Morning Joe,’” instead of entertainment news updates, has a former member of Congress wave a newspaper at Mark Halperin for a while. MSNBC’s target audience may just be much less interested in listening to people talk about politics in spring 2013 than they were during an election year.”

Former CBS White House Correspondent was once lifted into the air by Shaq– In a column for The Atlantic, co-host of CBS’s “This Morning” Norah O’Donnell details her media diet. Somewhat arbitrarily included in the column

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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.

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Morning Oopsy: Bo the ‘Dag’

From the typically meticulous CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Sunset over BloomingdaleDC” by Tracy Wahl, Supervising Producer at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

BuzzFeed bureau chief gives D.C. tavern a big thumbs down

“If you can’t clean your damn collards and put a lil swine in em, WHY TRY YOU DUMB YANKEE?? #fallofshawstavern,” wrote John Stanton. “Also I have some sharp ass teeth. If its hard for me to eat your damn ribs YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG, Shaw’s Tavern ‘Chef.’”

Post respiratory failure diet

“Pizza for dinner, cupcakes for dessert, washed down w a Super Big Gulp. Sounds like a lonely single guy’s political statement.” – Breitbart.com‘s Dan Riehl‘s riehlly stupid diet.

Wife orders editor to Target at 5:30 a.m.

“Dispatched by bride to Target at 530a to get in line for lad’s Xmas present. Second person just showed up. #merryxmas.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. When asked by U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger what the present was, he replied, “The new Wii system. I’m just following orders.”

This 4-year-old wants your job 

“My 4-year-old daughter to me: ‘Dad, I want to be a blogger.’ #changingtimes” — Political writer and jazz pianist Peter Daou.

And this father is in big trouble… “Bad dad forgets ballet slippers <shame>” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

Journo bugged by building noise

“My weekends are now filled with the noise of construction on the apartment below. There oughta be a law.” — Kelly Jane Torrance, writer.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

A mean Helen Thomas joke and a journo spends part of weekend in ER…

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Quotes of the Day

“As a reporter I didn’t think it was appropriate. It didn’t seem part of my job. …The tide of history only moves forward when everybody is fully visible. …I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or uncomfortable with. — ABC and CNN’s Anderson Cooper on coming out as gay on his new live ABC talk show Monday.

CBS’s new donut reporter: Mark Knoller 

“Questioned about eating a donut, [Paul] Ryan, a fitness advocate, said ‘I don’t hate sweets, I just don’t love them.’” — CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller. And then in a moment of serious analysis he analysis, he adds, “Will this draw votes. Talking donuts on his campaign plane, GOP VP Candidate Paul Ryan says ‘I loved Cap’n Crunch when I was a kid.’”

Reporter runs into The Hulkster

“No joke: Hulk Hogan just sat down next to me in the terminal at Manchester airport.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Ouch!

“Bill Frist is getting divorced, which is very pro-marriage.” — Daily Kos‘s Markos Moulitsas.

Radio host wants Granholm alarm clock

“I need Jennifer Granholm to come to my house and bellow my children out of bed tomorrow morning” — NPR’s Michele Norris. Granholm is the former Michigan Gov. and host of “The War Room” on Current TV.

Hate mail involves elbow and Obama’s ass 

“@JakeSherman @jmartpolitico @maggiepolitico u r such a hack it should be embarrassing. But ur not bc ur elbow deep in Obamas ass.” — Joey Pender.

Important Q to Ponder: “Do we really need to waste peoples’ airwaves on convention bounce BS? How about poverty? How to create jobs? Danger of a One Percent Court?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Journos get food/drink obsessed

“So tempted to stockpile a ton of Punkin Ale to prepare for October…” — Politico Publicist Olivia Petersen.

“I finally found fish tacos in my neighborhood that I liked. You have no idea how much this helps a bad month so far.” — NJ “The Hotline’s Chris Peleo-Lazar.

“Food gods be praised! Just feasted on some muurland blue crabs and corn!” — BuzzFeed’s D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Can someone back me up on the fact that apples and honey are totally a thing for Rosh Hashanah?” — NPR’s Brenna Williams.

Convo Between Two Journos

FNC’s Peter Doocy: “Whoa. Dinner just got deep #fortunecookie”

FNC’s Shannon Bream: Beans and bacon it is!

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Morning Oopsy: WaPo’s Nakamura Gives Himself Bad Marks for Homework Slip-up

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END

WaPo‘s David Nakamura has a pretty good sense of humor where White House Pool Reports are concerned. Yesterday afternoon he credited CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller with saving him on a quote from President Obama‘s campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“Pooler inadvertently quoted Jen Psaki as saying that millions of people have access to ‘affordable homework’ when the inimitable Mark Knoller pointed out the correct quote should be “affordable health care.’ … Pooler regrets the error and gives himself an ‘incomplete’ grade on transcription.”

The original error reads as follows and permits readers to see where Nakamura’s brain got tripped up: “(On president giving himself an ‘incomplete’ on economy) Psaki “The question he was asked was what grade he would give himself. And they clearly haven’t done his homework because he’s said that countless times. We know despite the fact that millions of people have access to affordable homework and there have been 29 straight months of private sector jobs growth, the troops have been taken out of Iraq, he feels there’s more to do for the American people and the middle class….There’s more work that needs to be done and he wants the American people to send him back for four more years. … What an incomplete means is that there’s more work he wants to do. The alternative is to go back to the old playbook of failing policies and failing grades.”

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 Quotes of the Day

“When did fact checking and journalism go their separate ways?” — Comedy Central Daily Show Host Jon Stewart to NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw, who appeared on the show last night. His reply: “Everything is so compressed, everything happens with warped speed.”

Speaking of fact checking…“Unfortunately when you look at some of the fact checking, they’re partisan, which is not what a fact check is supposed to be.”FNC’s Steve Doocy on Wednesday morning. At which point Gretchen Carlson chimed in, “It’s kind of sad when you have to have a fact checker to check the fact checker to check the fact checker, but anyway…

Yeah, anyway, The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball gets snappy about facts, saying, “Why is everyone so sure facts don’t matter? Journo self-loathing? Or do we think voters are stupid & illiterate?”

From one reporter named “Ben” to another: Are we fighting?

“Top #DNC2012 moment: running into @BuzzFeedBen and having him ask: ‘Are we fighting about something on Twitter? I can’t remember.’ No!” — Politico‘s Ben White who is referencing BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Journo takes backhanded stab at the Romneys

“You know what this first lady knows nothing about? The price at the pump when you fill up a couple of Cadillacs.” — MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.

An Important Q to Ponder: “Michelle has become a terrific speaker. But why should that matter — or whether Ann Romney loves her husband — in picking a president?” — Washington Pollster  Stu Rothenberg.

Reporters geek out on C-SPAN

“There is nothing better than the old convention clips playing on @cspan. Love hearing these old speeches.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

“C-SPANis running clips of past Democratic keynotes. Gotta say, I’m digging the trip down memory lane as #DNC12 is about to convene.” — Jennifer Dlouhy, energy reporter for The Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers.

Rave Reviews for Michelle

“Michelle speech offers a devasting contrast of where the Obamas came from with Romney’s privilege without uttering one nasty word. #DNC2012″ — WaPo Columnist EJ Dionne.

“Will be surprised if Dems don’t switch to live video from White House of Pres Obama and daughters applauding FLOTUS speech.” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Is it gauche to wonder why #FLOTUS beloved dad didn’t try riding #dressage to help alleviate his #MS symptoms? #justasking” — Editorial Promotions Manager at Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Amy Alexander.

“I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever.” — CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“Barack Obama always jokes that Michelle gives the better speech. I’m starting to think that’s actually true.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“Notice how FLOTUS makes her strong points without raising her voice. Very effective. #dnc2012″ — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn.

Oh no she didn’t! Jo Anne Reed (a.k.a. Mrs. Ralph Reed) kicks Obama to the curb during FLOTUS’ convention speech: “Michelle Obama loves her husband more today than four years ago…well at least someone does…we don’t!!”

Meanwhile…CNN’s Lisa Desjardins announces that FLOTUS’s pretty orange sleeveless frock was designed by Tracy Reese. And HollywoodLife.com Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller puts in a giant plug for the First Lady’s well-toned arms: “Michelle Obama has set sleeveless trend 4 all of female newscasters.”

The Eyebrow Observer

“Tim Kaine’s eyebrow is out of control.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis.

The Random But Nonetheless Poignant Observer

“I see both Malia and Sasha are rocking skinny jeans after 10pm.” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Funky reporting admission

“A source told me tonight that he has ‘personal knowledge’ of everything he told me. That’s comforting.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

 

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