Press corps friends gathered at Stetson’s last night to send her off to Cambodia… Bonney Kapp, Mike Memoli, Christina Bellantoni, Athena Jones, Lizzie O’Leary, Heidi Przybyla, Kristen Jensen, Kim Chipman, Phil Elliott, Jeff Mason, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Rachel Streitfeld, Perry Bacon, Andrew Jones, Liz Reiter, Christina Jamison and Devin Symons were all there.
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Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is “trading in golf pool and helo landings for the splendors of Phnom Penh.” She’ll still be working for Bloomberg, and additionally the Cambodia Daily, just now in the home country of Maddox Pitt.
FBDC caught up with Leigh as she packs her bags for a big move from Washington…
Why Cambodia? Credit my overwhelming desire to see monks riding tandem bikes.
What differences do you anticipate going from covering the White House to working in the “splendors of Phnom Penh,” as you put it? How are you preparing? It’s going to be hot, loud and crowded — a lot like White House briefings. To prepare, I’ve been getting massages, spending as much time as possible with the friends and getting on a seriously first-name basis with Jack and Stella.
What and who will you miss most in DC? Late night walks around the monuments. Biking along the canal. Fighting with White House security when I forget my Hill pass. Forcing Georgetown tourists onto the street. Running home to shower after Marine One departures. Our Colonel, Al Hunt. My favorite boss, Robin Meszoly. Descriptions of Phil Elliott‘s home cooking. Making Jeff Mason sing (ask him for selections from “South Pacific.”) Soliciting life advice from the goddess-like Julie Mason. Tennis with Perry Bacon. Never having to pay for drinks (Mike Memoli). The questionable tie fashion of Keith Koffler and Hans Nichols. Julianna Goldman, Athena Jones, Christina Bellantoni and Sunlen Miller, all lovely, who have brightened many a pool. And Roger Runningen, who was there on my first day at the White House last January and coined my nickname — Annette — based on the “American President” character who, like me, was excited on day one she could barely get through the Northwest Gate.
You campaigned hard for Julie Mason‘s White House Correspondents Association (successful) election and now you’re skipping town. What does this mean for campaign promises of White House South Lawn ice luges and briefing room massages? I’ll be working from afar to ensure that each promise is fulfilled. The luge tournament will be timed for the Vancouver Olympics and I’m working on getting Gibbs to cut a hole in the podium so we can use it as a massage table.
After the jump, Leigh’s goodbye messages for her media friends…
Katie Couric takes us behind the scenes of her interview with President Obama this week, with guest appearances by CBS’ White House correspondents Chip Reid and Bill Plante, CBS political director Steve Chaggaris, Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton (“the enforcer”), White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega and even WaPo‘s Perry Bacon (grilled by the CBS Evening News anchor on his stake-out notes).
WaPo will have live video coverage and commentary by Post political reporters as Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings begin this morning. Jerry Markon and Ben Pershing kick off coverage at 10am and Perry Bacon picks up at 11am. The Fix will also look at the five Senators to watch during the hearings.
Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.
We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.
Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.
NBC’s Meet the Press: General Motors President & CEO Fritz Henderson and a roundtable with former President Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, CNBC’s John Harwood, BBC’s Katty Kay, author Joshua Cooper Ramo and former Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor Dr. Bill Rodgers
ABC’s This Week: US Ambassador to the UN Dr. Susan Rice and a roundtable with former President Bush speechwriter David Frum, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and columnist George Will
Fox News Sunday: President’s Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
CNN’s State of the Union: General Motors President & CEO Fritz Henderson, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: BBC’s Matt Frei, “The President’s Secret IMs” author Danielle Crittenden, political analyst and author Keli Goff, former Chicago Tribune managing editor and Washington bureau chief Jim Warren and Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin
Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Roll Call’s Emily Heil
Will update throughout the day as bookings change.
An internal memo from Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, obtained by FishbowlDC:
Looking Ahead at the White House and in Congress
Though we’re all still waiting for the curtain to finally come down on the 2008 presidential campaign, an equally compelling and competitive story begins Wednesday morning. In anticipation of the next administration we’ll be reorganizing the National staff over the next few months and want to begin that process by filling some essential jobs.
Anchoring our coverage of either a McCain or Obama White House will be four reporters. Three of them were central to our excellent campaign coverage this year: Mike Shear, Anne Kornblut and Chris Cillizza. They will be joined by a seasoned veteran – Mike Fletcher, who covered the Bush White House with distinction before moving to Financial, just in time to chronicle the powerful economic shocks of the last year.
Mike Shear learned most of what he needed to know about politics on the Virginia staff, and as our lead reporter in the Republican race
demonstrated an impressive range writing enterprise and breaking news while hop-scotching among long-ago campaigns for people named Huckabee, Giuliani and Romney. Anne came to the Post from The New York Times last year, bringing with her a deep knowledge of Democratic politics, particularly related to Hillary Clinton. Since last summer, she has brought the same perceptiveness and writing skills to her coverage of Barack Obama. Chris crammed a decade’s worth of coverage in the last two years, writing analysis and breaking stories on our website, as well as enterprise stories
and a column in the paper. He will continue his must-read political blog, The Fix. Mike Fletcher is ideally prepared to cover a presidency that will have to cope with massive economic challenges.
For the 111th Congress convening in January, Shailagh Murray will be back in place on Capitol Hill, after a terrific sojourn documenting the rise of Obama. She will rejoin Paul Kane, who has stayed on the Hill and had an incredibly busy autumn covering the 110th Congress. Joining this strong team will be Perry Bacon, who in his year and a half since coming here from Time Magazine has spent time with every major presidential candidate and written perceptively and engagingly about them all.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll have more to say about the new shape of our
national coverage. In the meantime, we’re thrilled with the new team that will soon take the field.
Marcus, Phil, Rajiv, Bill
And Cillizza sent the following email to his email list:
As the election draws to a close, I wanted to say thank you to everyone on my email list for traveling on this journey with me.
I also wanted to let you know the plans for The Fix after tomorrow’s election. The Fix will continue but rather than being focused primarily on the campaign, we will turn our attention to the White House.
I will be part of a four-person team tasked with covering the transition and the White House — hoping to break news and provide analysis of the politics and the policy of either President McCain or President Obama. I’ll be writing for The Fix and the paper.
Thanks to all for your support and kind words throughout this election season and for your continued backing as we take The Fix to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Have a great election day tomorrow.
Good morning Washington.
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