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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

TNR Sparkles at Bibiana

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

The New Republic celebrated its relaunch last night at Bibiana Restaurant where politicos and journalists from print and TV mingled with bigwigs like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.J.) and Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening: Answering the question, “Who is Franklin Foer?”

Meanwhile, we spoke to Publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who was all smiles and relaxed. “I’m feeling super exited, energized,” he said, as we cornered him at the bar. “It’s a big moment for us.” Asked if he’s been sleeping, he replied, “I will sleep tonight.”

At around 7:30 p.m. FishbowlDC approached a man with glasses who we mistook for NYT‘s Nate Silver. We were all ready to ask if he was excited to be in the same room as Politico‘s Dylan Byers, who during the presidential election questioned whether Silver was a “one-term celebrity.”

The mystery man in question had a laugh with two other male attendees before denying that he was Silver. Except then he said he was Silver. Then said he wasn’t. Then someone else said he was. Finally, he identified himself as Franklin Foer, editor of TNR (pictured above). But by that point, we didn’t believe that either.

After consulting Google images, it was revealed that he was indeed Foer. It was our mistake, though Foer did acknowledge that he shares “some Semitic features” with Silver.

In a party speech, Hughes said the challenge ahead is to “produce a magazine 20 times a year that is as good” as the relaunch issue, which features an interview with President Obama. He called the TNR team “the best in the business” and said he wants the magazine to “become financially sustainable in the coming years.” In a moment that drew audible awes from the crowd, he admitted, “The day that Frank Foer agreed to come back to TNR was one of the best days of my life.”

Who showed up? See more pictures. Read more

Examiner Gossip Writer Flees Less Than a Year In

The co-writer of Washington Examiner‘s Yeas and Nays gossip column Jenny Rogers is heading over to Washington City Paper as its Assistant Managing Editor. WCP tweeted the news last night.

Rogers’ move comes after just 10 months with the Examiner. Isn’t that a little premature? Before the Examiner she worked for the Titanic TBD.

“We actually originally wanted to hire Jenny for this job more than a year ago, when she was at TBD, but we wound up not being able to fill the position at all due to budget constraints,” WCP Editor Mike Madden told FishbowlDC. “Her work at TBD was great — lively, creative, and smart coverage of whatever they threw her onto. I’ve read her Yeas and Nays stuff since she went to the Examiner and liked it, as well, and I’m very glad we’re able to hire her now.”

As for her current boss, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith, he’s cordial about Rogers’ short-lived tenure at the paper. “I would have been surprised if Jenny had left to take a job similar to the one she had here,” he said, “but she had a chance to do something entirely different, assigning and editing pieces and writing some cover stories of her own.”

Compared to the vanilla swirl Yeas and Nays serves on a daily basis (ex. this story about a new carousel at the National Zoo), WCP gives Rogers an opportunity to go nuts, particularly when it comes to D.C.’s racist favorite councilman Marion Barry.

Rogers told us… Read more

Exits Polls: The $#!& of American Politics

Exit Polls are apparently the flakes of dirt under our feet and in the cracks of our toes, the regurgitated fish food not even fish want to eat nearing their last breath of life. HuffPost‘s Senior Polling Editor Mark Blumenthal wrote Tuesday morning, “Hard as it may be, you should try to ignore them, at least until the polls close. And even then, take the underlying vote estimates with big grains of salt.” You getting the picture?

On Tuesday afternoon as exit polls began surfacing, journalists on Twitter had rather graphic metaphorical descriptions for the polls very few respect.

The New Yorker‘s David Grann remarked, “Exit polls are like poisoned mushrooms to a starving man.” And New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait chimed in, “I swear I was going to write drinking seawater in a lifeboat.”

The Takeaway’s congressional radio reporter Todd Zwillich then entered the fray, saying, “It’s not just an exit poll, it’s a PRELIMINARY exit poll. The Double-Stuf Oreo of nothingness.”

And YG Action Fund’s Brad Dayspring, ex-flack to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor stepped up, saying, “The exits seem way off compared to the activity being seen on the ground and reported from key areas. Again, take exists as a morsel of info.”

Soon Iowahawkblog‘s David Burge had something to say about these loathsome polls. He wrote, “Exit polls: the asbestos-laced leaded paint chips of the political playground.”

And in summation, Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden seemed to wrap up the collective sentiment, saying, “Am basically treating the early leaked exit polls as if they were imaginary numbers. No point even thinking about them.”

Memo to CNN: Free Ali Velshi!

Throughout the relentless storm last night, reporters in Washington and beyond expressed deep concern for CNN’s breakout star, Ali Velshi, who spent much of the day and night knee and waist deep in water. On his birthday, no less. At one point shirtless pranksters joined him in the water. TVNewser has the video. Let’s hope the network gave him a change of clothes.

“Ali, I’m glad to see you in one piece, quiet frankly,” remarked CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to Velshi early this morning in an interview with the correspondent who appeared to be in the exact outfit he wore last night — dark sports pants, red pullover, sneakers, baseball cap.

“CNN, please let Ali Velshi live.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“I’m going to collect donations to help Ali Velshi with what is undoubtedly a serious case of swamp foot. #aliisahero#10hoursinthewater.” — Will Cain, CNN Contributor and columnist for TheBlaze.com.

“Why is CNN having Ali Velshi standing in the middle of a barren intersection?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

“Dear CNN, et al: get your reporters out of the water. You look stupid.” — NationalReviewOnline Contributor Greg Pollowitz.

“Now CNN is making Ali Velshi stand in the hurricane during a commercial break so they can come back to him afterwards. Amazing.” — Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden at 4:14 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. Madden added, “CNN, seriously. You have tortured Ali Velshi enough. Whatever he’s done, he will never do it again. Let him go inside.”

“I’ve concluded that Ali Velshi has the world’s strongest legs, and a brilliant sound man.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“ALI WE GET IT. IT’S BAD OUT THERE.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera (who couldn’t get away from all-caps messages throughout the night.)

“I really want to hear Chris Christie’s reaction to what Ali Velshi is doing right now.” — NPR Elections Producer Arnie Seipel.

“Amazing reporting by Ali Velshi from Atlantic City under terrible conditions. (It’s also his birthday.)” — CNN Senior Digital Producer Steve Krakauer.

“Why can’t CNN just put a hologram of Ali Velshi in the middle of all that water?” — Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

“I’ve never had a desire to stand in the middle of a storm to tell someone else not to come outside. I can do that from a studio! LOL” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

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Quotes Of The Day

JOURNO LOVE: “Political dream team – the two best campaign embeds in America hard at work in Celina, OH” They are Emily Friedman and Shushannah Walshe. — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

The Self-Appointed Weatherman

Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”

Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.

Baier Vomit

“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Waffling Hurricane Humor

“Q: What do you call a frozen waffle in a hurricane? A: #Sandy Eggo” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. We hope he tries Knock Knock jokes as the day wears on.

Do Not Piss Ethan Off People

“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Priorities.

“Love the bangs @WeatherKim!” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff at 4:30 a.m.

Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without

“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Editor teaches son to shave

“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston

“I had a dream last night that @FreeBeacon was purchased by Bobby Brown. Whitney was still alive and I had to explain sequestration to her.” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!

(see the best of the best after the jump… Speaking of hurricanes, what’s Lindsay Lohan saying about the impending storm?) Read more

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 Quotes of the Day

FOOD, LIQUOR, WEDDING CHAPEL, CLEAN ROOMS: “What more does anyone need really?” — NPR’s Ari Shapiro on the road in Nevada. He also wrote, “Food, liquor and clean rooms are the three pillars upon which a strong marriage can be built.

Journo says TV anchors were once trusted news figures

“There was a time, a time before cable. When the local anchorman reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on TV.” — Salena Zito, political reporter for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Deep Thoughts With Ariana Pekary
“Sometimes, in life, you just have to suffer in silence.” — Ariana Pekary, radio producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

Writers squabble over mayo

“Mike Elk, Mayo is the greatest thing ever.” — U.S. environmental and labor historian Erik Loomis, blogger for Lawyers Guns & Money.

“I have always hated mayo, its the worst.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Anchor begrudgingly reports dangers of licorice

“FDA says too much black licorice could cause a drop in potassium levels leading to heart problems #halloweenjoykill.” — Steve Chenevey, ABC7 morning/noon news anchor.

Reporter offers warning to White House

“On the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, the president promised ‘candy for everyone’ at WH Halloween. I’ll be sure to follow up and report back. And it better not be that funsize twix and smarties stuff. I want the good candy.” — NBC News political reporter Shawna Thomas.

See what a local editor is bitching about and whose ass CBS’ Gayle King is kissing after the jump… Also, which journo is freezing at work? Read more

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Quotes of the Day

FALSE EYELASH ALERT: TWT‘s Senior Op-ed columnist Emily Miller tests out fake eyelashes for the first time. She appears pleased with the experience: “The TV makeup artist gave me false eyelashes today. First time in my life!”

Bret Baier takes another Twitter beating

Last week they hated his necktie.  This week FNC anchor Bret Baier reacts kindly to a follower just hating him and his work. Period. Truth3232 writes, “Your a hateful despicable sc#mbag with lies and hatefulness I’m sure your [sic] ashamed.” To which Baier replied, “Thanks for watching.”

Emotional journo

“Come on, Nats! This is when I start eating emotionally. #sweetpotatofries” — RCP‘s Erin McPike.

Female blogger declares her single status

“Just made it official on FB. I’m single and like men. In case there’s any confusion/single men with beach houses who want to ask me out.” — Conservative blogger Lisa De Pasquale.

Wanted: Hairdresser

“DC friends, I’m in desperate need of a haircut. Does anyone have any recommendations for a reasonably priced, skillful hairdresser/stylist?” — WaPo designer Tim Wong. (Calling famed RHOD stylist Paul Wharton: any recs?)

The Observer

“Oh Brooklyn… Woman sends back her orange juice because it’s not fresh-squeezed.” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

Journo offers cold, harsh reality

“No one cares what TV show you are on this morning or anything to do with the brain dead presidential race. There is nothing but Jeter.” — Politico‘s Ben White who clearly forgot where he works this weekend amidst a sports binge.

Um, Grover is big?

“Girls displayed to ‘Big Dad’ their ‘campout’–a pile of all books and toys and blankets in center of room. Mom will be so happy or not.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

WETA seeks funds from 1-year-old

“WETA mailed my 1-year-old daughter a solicitation to become a supporting member. Getting ‘em young, PBS?” — Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden.

Deep Thoughts With Chris Hayes: “The place where I and lots of others learned to write long — alt weeklies — have been absolutely destroyed.” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith.

Barnicle graces D.C.

“In DC today. Whole town sleepwalking through a baseball nightmare. Nobody paying attention, waiting for Storen to throw strike three.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” regular Mike Barnicle.

The Heckler

“Michael Hastings on MSNBC? What — he couldn’t find a general to get fired this morning? #MSNBCFail” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor on BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings.

Convo among broadcast journos

This morning’s conversation is among ABC President Ben Sherman, Senior WH Correspondent Jake Tapper and ABC Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl. Oddly, Tapper’s tweet on the bean incident has disappeared. Strangely Sherwood’s first bean tweet can’t be found, but he has a few subsequent remarks on it. Karl’s tweet remains intact.

SHERWOOD: I put that in the same category as lima beans.

TAPPER: I have studiously refrained from bringing up the shocking lima bean incident in a public venue.

SHERWOOD: Do not snub the butter bean!

KARL: The lima bean revelation was a shocking one.

In other Jake Tapper news… “1 month from today my book THE OUTPOST, comes out. More than 2 years in the making, I’ve never worked harder on any project in my life…1/2″ — Tapper.

 

WCP Removes Jewish Slurs From Site

Washington City Paper removed a slew of Jewish slurs from its Loose Lips section last night. The blog, written by the Jewish-sounding Alan Suderman, received a number of insulting comments about his supposed religion that had nothing to do with his stories.

Editor Mike Madden explained that most of the deleted slurs went something like this: “The gist: ‘SUDERMAN THE BLOOD-SUCKING JEW.’”

Well, it turns out Suderman isn’t even Jewish, which Madden, who is, noted in an early evening tweet: “To the commenter who keeps calling @AlanSuderman anti-Semitic names on @wcp site: Suderman is not Jewish. I am the blood-sucking Jew here.”

Madden explained to FBDC that “the comments, aside from being offensive, had nothing to do with the posts they were left on and added nothing to the discussion, so we treated them like spam. …I don’t know who left them or whether they’re on Twitter, but figured some of our readers might have seen the comments before we got to them, so I’d note them.”

Oopsy! City Paper Serves Up Yummy ‘Cervix’

Washington City Paper likes to be quirky. We can appreciate that. But today in their latest issue on page 29: They’re paraphrasing Dennis Marron, a chef at Penn Quarter’s Poste Moderne Brasserie, talking about how to make a salad with sorrel greens. They say “herb-heavy salad with mint, basil, cervix, parsley, celery greens and mixed lettuces.”

Pretty sure they meant chervil, not cervix. Like most people, we enjoy spleen mashed potatoes with a pinch of garlic every now and then. But not many diners we know want cervix in their salad. The cervix, by the way, according to trusty Wikipedia, is the “lower narrow portion of the uterus where it joins with the top end of the vagina.”

We asked WCP Editor Mike Madden about the error. He replied, “As anyone who sat through 5th grade sex ed probably realized, that recipe should have called for chervil, not cervix. Embarrassingly, the typo was in the original draft, which means our writer, three line editors, a copy editor, and a final proofreader all read right past it the way it appeared in print. Apparently City Paper needs to line up some staff seminars on either herbs or biology, or both. We’ll fix it before posting it online, and an appropriately sheepish correction will run next week.

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