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Reporter Zones in on POTUS Keeping Warm

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

Tribune’s Mike Memoli, who is on Pool duty today, seems overly concerned about President Obama wearing his winter clothes. Is he going to scold him? For the sticklers among you, the following material is taken from two different morning Pool Reports:

POTUS deplaned at 11:44, again no gloves or hat, followed by Michigan’s senior Sen. Carl Levin. He was greeted on tarmac by Marquette Mayor John Kivela. The two chatted, POTUS’ hands in his pockets in the single-digit weather.

Marine One touched down at Andrews approx 9:35 am. POTUS, wearing overcoat but no hat or gloves, on AF1 5 minutes later, followed by staff including Jarrett , Sutphen, Mastromonaco, and Gibbs, making his final flight as press secretary.

AF1 rolling, with a flight time of just over 2 hrs from Andrews to Marquette, where the temp is said to be in single digits with a wind chill of -19. Pool fondly remembering travel pool in Hawaii just over a month ago.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Scribe’s granny is risk taker

“My grandmother has signed the zipline waiver for her cruise next week. Can’t wait for the video.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Tuesday tweet.

Yglesias’ revelations on french fries

“People realize that ‘eat food, mostly plants’ is consistent with a diet composed entirely of french fries, right?” — Center for American Progress Fellow and liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Ahhh…memories

“Oh, memories… “physical exhaustion” “mental breakdown” “berating” “swagger” “bluster, ego, and unremitting confidence”” — Former Politico media writer Michael Calderone reacts to the Washingtonian piece on Politico that published Tuesday that discussed the editing reputation of now Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve. Calderone is now at Yahoo! News in Manhattan. He links to the story here.

The Critic

“I don’t mean to sound churlish. But I do not know anyone under the age of 40 who lives in Georgetown.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry speaking out about the pilot “Georgetown” by Josh Schwartz, creator of O.C. and Gossip Girl that involves 20-somethings aspiring politicos.

Writer counts her words

Bonnie Goldstein, of Politics Daily, has written 131,342 words on 224 posts since she started publishing at Woman Up 1 year and 286 days ago. — Goldstein in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Weigel sticks up for FLOTUS

“As she should, given that she’s not stupid.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, responding to RealClearPolitics‘s Mike Memoli commenting that Michelle Obama “sidesteps criticism by Sarah Palin.”

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Quote(s) of the Day

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Potential high maintenance on the high court

“#kagan humor: TV in Supreme Ct means she would have to get her hair done more often. Answer to Specter. @NewsHour”
–PBS’s Judy Woodruff in a Tuesday tweet.

A fine line: sobbing and laughing

“I have literally sobbed three times today laughing so hard. I promise I’m not drinking on press day. Stress makes me super giddy!!”
On Tap Magazine Managing Editor Ashley Estill in a Tuesday tweet.

Better late than never

“Watching Larry King for the first time in a while.”
Real Clear Politics White House correspondent Mike Memoli in a Tuesday tweet.

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The Picture of the Evening

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Just ignore Gov. Mark Sanford and ex-wife Jenny (who divorced in March). The person countless journos were talking about last night was CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, who, if you look carefully, appears between the once wed couple.

Hamby looks to be in a state of mild shock over the Sanfords greeting each other (or else the shock was being so close to the famed marital train wreck). The event was a party for South Carolina gubernatorial victor Nikki Haley supporters.

Hamby’s one-word response? “Wow,” he wrote over Twitter.

Real Clear Politics’ White House Reporter Mike Memoli remarked: “He’s bordering on stalking.” And Politico‘s Jonathan Martin weighed in, saying, “There for history.”

> Update: Hamby has changed his Facebook picture to reflect the events of Tuesday night. Take a look.

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@SRWHOfficial Prompts Unofficial Journo Reaction

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With controversy swirling around political journalists using the source, “senior White House official,” the Chicago Tribune‘s Mike Memoli, who writes for “The Swamp” blog, alerted us to the following:

“This account has potential: @SrWHOfficial,” Memoil tweeted late last week.

The jury is still out on whether this really is a senior White House official. The “official” recently tweeted: “It’s weird as a Sr. White House Official. You tell people what’s on your mind and they get pissed at you.”

This past weekend, the “senior White House official” remarked: “One of the toughest things about being a senior White House official is listening to George Will drone on endlessly,” the supposed official said referring to the conservative WaPo columnist.

Politico‘s Ben Smith (who has some experience using the phrase “senior White House official”) doubts the tweeter’s authenticity. “I assume it’s parody,” Smith said in an e-mail.

President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”

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Journos’ Snow Remarks

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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell
“Total white out wind picking up with great NBC snow driver, we can barely see traffic signals. The few plowed rds now covered again,” she tweeted.

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza
“The last #snowmageddon was kind of fun,” he tweeted. “This one makes me feel like Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining.’”

Courtney Cohen, production coordinator, ABC’s “This Week”
“Why did I move to a climate that required me having to dress like Sheriff Marge from Fargo?” she tweeted.

Chris Lehmann, who recently sold “Rich People Things” column as a book
“Just wake me when the blizzard’s over, okay?” he tweeted. And this morning: “All right then — back to bed.

Mike Memoli, White House reporter, Real Clear Politics
“Local news for the next 24 hours: Dozens of reporters all over town finding different ways to say, “It’s snowing,” he tweeted.

Major Garrett, Fox News White House correspondent
“Staying downtown in hotel due to snowslamalamadingdong. WH staff left early (7ish). Told 2 take secure laptops home.”

This photograph is the view out Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Reilly’s window. She wonders, “Why am I in the office?”

Real Clear Politics’ Memoli Down On “Conveyor Belt of Love”

hrt.jpgMike Memoli, White House reporter for Real Clear Politics, may cover politics by day, but by night, he’s checking out ABC’s “Conveyor Belt of Love”.

The new show, which aired Wednesday night, didn’t sit so well with the Beltway scribe.

The latest in reality TV features a variety of men (one a virgin, another in a black bikini, and so on) who glide along on a conveyor belt as women flash “Interested” or “Not Interested” signs.

The show’s awful. But it’s car wreck kind of good — sometimes, inexplicably, you have to watch.

Memoli tweeted, “Really, network television? “Conveyor Belt of Love”?

Let’s hope he hasn’t Tivo’d it for next week.

Gibbs Says He Hasn’t Seen C-SPAN Letter

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he hasn’t seen C-SPAN’s letter released today to House and Senate leaders asking for a more open electronic media allowance for C-SPAN’s cameras.

Real Clear Politics’s White House reporter Mike Memoli reported on Twitter: “As Gibbs denies seeing CSPAN letter, CSPAN’s Scully watches & at times cringes in brf room.”

That would be C-SPAN’s political editor, Steve Scully.

Gibbs was asked about the letter in today’s briefing

Fox News’s Major Garrett tweeted: “Major at WH Gibbs says Obama campaign standard of CSPAN camera, round table, visible back and forth, has been met. No need for cams in H-S negs.”

The above photograph was posted by Memoli on Twitter.

>Update: House Minority Leader John Boehner backs C-SPAN request. Of course he finds a way to slam President Obama in the process. Read the release after the jump…Warning: It gets tedious after the first graph.

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Where Are They Now? Campaign Embeds Relive the Trail’s Glory Days


Cox, Hovell, Summers, Aigner-Treworgy and Memoli. Photo courtesy of Campus Progress.

Ana Marie Cox moderated a panel discussion with former 2008 presidential campaign embed reporters at GWU this week, in conjunction with Campus Progress and the Institute for Politics.

The first panel was made up of ABC’s Bret Hovell, former NBC embed turned “Colbert Report” researcher Adam Aigner-Treworgy, Newsweek‘s Nick Summers and former Biden embed turned RealClearPolitics White House reporter Mike Memoli.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Jamie Smith and former McCain campaign staffer Justin Germany rounded out the second panel.

We learned they can identify hotel chains by just the carpet, they gained and lost a second freshman fifteen, supplied campaign staffers with booze (something O’Donnell calls “a great journalism tradition”) and even managed to break some news along the way…

But would they do it again? They all agreed it’d be hard to beat the historic nature of the ’08 campaign, but answers were mixed on whether they’d go back.

“You swear you’ll never do it again, but there is a certain sexiness to being out there,” Summers said. Germany’s also in, “it’s the Superbowl of politics.” Hovell was a hard no.

Among those not receiving GWU credit to attend… Congress Daily‘s Erin McPike who covered the Romney campaign for NBC and the National Journal, msnbc.com’s Carrie Dann who was embeded in Iowa for NBC/NJ, Roll Call‘s Tricia Miller who covered the Edwards campaign for NBC/NJ and WaPo‘s Perry Bacon.

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