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Full Video of the 2014 WHCA Dinner Speeches

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 08.07.59Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, President Obama and the night’s entertainer, Joel McHale, headlined White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. For those of you who missed it, that’s a little sad. So either take a look, or re-watch again, the night’s full speeches by Obama and McHale, as well as a spoof on “Veep.”

President Obama: via POLITICO

McHale: via POLITICO

“Veep” spoof: via POLITICO

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Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols Pulls a Neil Munro

President Obama went into today’s press conference with a list of reporters who were permitted to question him. AP. NBC. CNN. Fox News. Telemundo. If your name wasn’t on the list, forget it. You were SOL.

So Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols opted for the next best thing: A Daily Caller Neil Munro-style shouted question out of turn. As Nichols posed his question, you could see reporters like FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and others snickering in the row ahead. Nichols clearly had no regrets:  “I asked POTUS if he is open to short term extension on the SPENDING side of fiscal cliff, Jan 1 deadline. #deathstare,” he wrote on Twitter. NYT’s Michael Shear seemed impressed: “In the ongoing battle for more access to the president, Hans Nichols is my new hero. Way to go.” And NYT‘s Peter Baker added, “Hear Hear.”

(Funny, this wasn’t the White House media reaction to Munro back in June.) In response to that, some online referred to Nichols as a “friendlier” Munro.

Death stare may be a little strong… Read more

Right-Wing Bloggers React to Obama’s Reelection

Republicans and the conservative movement took a setback in last night’s reelection of President Obama. As with any political moment of lasting consequence, right wing writers fled to their blogs to console, vent and do some soul-searching.

WaPo‘s Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin made the case for Republicans to give in on some social issues. “In fairness to Mitt Romney, he never once use gay marriage to stir up his base, evidence of his innate decency and, if one is more politically cynical, the lack of political mileage to be gained from the issue,” Rubin wrote. “In the future, Republicans for national office would do well to recognize reality. The American people have changed their minds on the issue and fighting this one is political flat-earthism. As with divorce, one need not favor it, but to run against it is folly, especially for national politicians who need to appeal to a diverse electorate.”

At RedState, Erick Erickson, also a CNN Contributor, said the exact oppositeRead more

Axelrod and Scarborough Make a Hairy Wager

On Wednesday morning’s “Morning Joe” program, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod made an on-air bet that he would shave off the mustache he has worn for 40 years if President Obama lost Minnesota, Michigan or Pennsylvania. According to HuffPost, Axelrod said, “”I will come on ‘Morning Joe’ and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states.”

That might be a dangerous strategy. Maybe a voter who was planning on voting for Obama will switch his or her vote JUST to see the freakshow that hides under that hair on upper lip. Host Joe Scarborough joined in and said that if Obama won all those states, he’d grow a mustache.

The show resulted in mustache demands right here in Washington… Read more

‘Optimal’: Weigel a Casualty of Twitter’s Short Fuse

Slate‘s Dave Weigel committed the cardinal sin of modern politics. He asked Twitter to calm down.

During President Obama‘s taped appearance on the Daily Show Thursday, two White House pool reports were dispatched with quotes from his interview with Jon Stewart. Here’s a quote from the first report:

On Benghazi, Potus said: “Every piece of information that we get, as we got it we laid it out to the American people. The picture eventually gets fully filled in.” Potus also said: “Here’s what I’ll say. When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it.”

With Obama describing the death of four Americans as “not optimal,” Twitter lit up like Marion Barry on a Friday morning. Some conservatives saw the report and claimed Obama was minimizing the deaths.

Then the calm and cool Weigel threw himself into the fray at his own peril. “The political Twitterverse is now debating what was said in a TV interview it has not seen, based on pool report only a few have seen,” he tweeted.

A second report was sent out, this time detailing the exchange between Stewart and Obama. This report included Stewart’s question and revealed it was actually him who initially used the word “optimal,” though in a different context. Stewart had asked if the White House’s response to the attack on a U.S. embassy was “optimal.”

Weigel followed up, “What we need: More campaigns/media hyperventilating about out-of-context shit that collapses under scrutiny.”

And with that, he became the target. Conservative blogger “Sooper Mexican” wrote up a post on Weigel’s dismissive tweets. He compared them to jokes Weigel made on Twitter about GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney‘s “binders full of women” remark in the debate this week. “Infamous Journolister Dave Weigel Thinks ‘Not Optimal’ Controversy is Stupid, Loves ‘Binders’ Snark!” blared the headline, suggesting Weigel is biased against Romney.

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher tweeted out a link to the post and retweeted others who were mocking Weigel. Asked in an email if Romney’s “binders” remark compares to Obama’s “optimal” comment, Treacher said “Weigel’s job is to tell you what isn’t news.”

Breitbart‘s John Nolte jumped in yesterday, too. “Hey everyone, Dave Weigel doesn’t want us making issue out of Obama MINIMIZING deaths of four Americans. So stop it now!”

Weigel told FishbowlDC… Read more

Frank Rich on the ‘Great Theater’ of Politics and Pop Culture

In the final installment of this week’s Media Beat interview, Frank Rich, New York magazine columnist and executive producer of HBO’s Veep, discusses the meshing of politics and pop culture. Having covered Broadway for years, he says the nonstop spectacles, gaffes and minutiae that become “news” just make his job more fun.

“To watch [President Obama and Mitt Romney] grapple on the one hand with the changes in the news media [and] on one hand with the world of The Voice and American Idol, The Daily Show, and SNL, it’s fascinating,” Rich explained. “But people forget this didn’t used to be the case. It was considered a huge deal when Bill Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show 20 years ago. It’s a development that’s spiraling; it’s developing. It’s interesting to watch. It’s great theater.”

Watch the full video for Rich’s take on that supposed liberal media bias and to find out what he thinks the “real danger” in today’s news reporting is.

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Part 1: Veep Executive Producer on DC: ‘Young People Jockeying for Power in Offices that Look Crummy’
Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Road Tripping with Obama and Watching McDonald’s McSitcoms

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we go on the road with President Obama, call dibs on #Occupy spots, sample the new McTV menu at McDonald’s, and… there was one more thing… oh yeah, the World Series.

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Fully Expect to Be Speaker After Midterm Elections’

Jeff Zucker, Nancy PelosiWhen Nancy Pelosi sat down for her keynote address at Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse Breakfast this morning at Cipriani’s in New York, host Jeff Zucker wasted no time getting her take on the state of politics this year. Specifically, the outgoing NBC Universal CEO and president asked if Pelosi herself would still be in office in five weeks.

“I fully expect to be Speaker in five weeks,” she said. “I have big confidence in my candidates. They’re excellent; they’re battle-tested. They know what they believe, and they’re doing just fine in their districts.”

Pelosi said the biggest lesson she’s learned since taking office is that women have to seize their own power.

“Women were not going to wait another 200 years to take power in Congress,” she said. “When I first ran for leadership, the men [in Washington] said, ‘Who said she could run?’ Their attitude towards reaching women was ‘let’s find out the things women want, and then we’ll do [those things].’”

Pelosi explained that she initially entered politics because she “saw it as an extension of being a mother.” She also championed President Obama‘s health care reform strategy, saying that women and families would be the primary beneficiaries. “No longer will being a woman be a pre-existing condition,” she said.

A video excerpt of Pelosi’s address is after the jump. Read more

“HuffPo” Prefers More Formal “HuffPost”

huffpo-9.jpeg HuffPo prefers that people now use the moniker “HuffPost” to “HuffPo”. Just hearing it, the suggestion sounds snooty.

It’s like trying to move from Howie back to Howard (as in WaPo’s Kurtz) or from Barack to Barry and back to Barack (as in President Obama). Other jarring examples: Archy to Archibald, Arty to Arthur, Ben to Benedict.

Eliminating an abbreviated version of a name once it’s out there is a virtual impossibility, but The Huffington Post is trying to shake the realities of online writing and propensity to keep things short and snappy.

“HuffPost is now more commonly used than HuffPo,” said, ahem, a HuffPo spokesman familiar with the matter.

In a recent story in Daily Finance, writer Jeff Bercovici mentions the nickname issue, saying “HuffPo (the site prefers to call itself HuffPost, but everyone else uses the shorter version).” Bercovici, ignoring HuffPo’s desires, continuously calls the site “HuffPo” throughout his story.

Even Wikipedia (no, not always to be trusted) declares: “The Huffington Post (often referred to as HuffPo)”. Other media writers and outlets that refer to The Huffington Post as “HuffPo” include: Twitter; Wonkette, Politico’s Media Columnist Michael Calderone. Kurtz uses the ultra-formal “The Huffington Post.”

And even “HuffPo” still occasionally uses “HuffPo” on its site.

Which, of course, presents FishbowlDC with a mind-numbing decision to make – shall we say HuffPo as usual or use the more formal sounding HuffPost?

It’s a tough call. Pure agony.

Obama on the Therapist’s Couch

obama-9.jpegOne imagines if President Obama was ever really on a therapist’s couch he’d loll the shrink to sleep with the hypnotic, slow pacing of his words. But here, in this Politics Daily’s Robert and Donna Trussell cartoon they have a different, God complex scenario set up.

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