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Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s

dc_gal_14_modal_imageLunching at DC power spot Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s this afternoon, our spies saw former Obama “body man” Reggie Love, The Daily Caller’s Neil Patel, American Psychological Association’s Ashton Randle, Kearsarge Global Advisors’ Addison Smith, and Stratacomm’s Bill Buff

Located blocks from the White House and at the corner of K Street and 16th, Sidecar is a private dining room frequented daily by journos lunching with sources, politicos dining with lobbyists, and any combination of the two.

We’ll be lunching there tomorrow and will be spotting away.

So send us who you saw (or who you were with – fishbowlnick@gmail.com) and expect to see those names on the site as part of Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s.

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TIME Toasts “40 Under 40″

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Despite election distractions, TIME‘s “40 Under 40″ party brought out a surprisingly charming and interesting crowd last night.  Nearly half of the mag’s 40 featured rising stars and roughly 200 attendees joined TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel for sushi, cocktails and conversation at Zentan restaurant in the hip Donovan House hotel.

Representing the White House were Jen Psaki, Reggie Love, Dan Pfeiffer and Macon Phillips who mingled with guests like CNN’s Gloria Borger, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone, MTP EP Betsy FischerMichael Steel, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Brad Dayspring, Taylor Griffin, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Sarah Feinberg and Kevin Madden.  Also spotted was a gimpy Tammy Haddad on crutches.  When asked about her injury, Haddad joked, “my husband was chasing me around the house.”

In addition to an impressive list, the event offered an open bar with three specialty drinks like the popular ”Iced Tea Party” and the “Blue State Fizz” that helped lubricate party tensions while guests chattered about the upcoming midterm elections.

Honorees (idenitified by nifty “40 Under 40″ lapel pins) in attendance included:  Brendan Steinhauser, Jeremy Bash, Nathan Daschle, Jared Polis, Ben Rhodes, Cedric Richmond, Jay Webber, Carte Goodwin, Ellie Hill, Benjamin Jealous, Adam Kinzinger, Rachel Kleinfeld, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Stephanie Schriock.

Richard Stengel on stage.

All photographs by:  Julie Fischer McCarter for TIME  

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Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

And Now, the Video…

Here at FBDC, we’re slightly obsessed with Reggie Love… for his name, job, basketball skills, good looks…

Check out this clip, courtesy of TPM and via HuffPost, of yesterday’s press briefing.

Morning Reading List 10.09.09

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Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

The President woke up this morning a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Above is the photo that was brought to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in yesterday’s press briefing. It’s of the President playing basketball with Reggie Love, now an aide, former Duke basketball star. We hear the pic’s now hanging in the West Wing and Gibbs says it’s signed by (and with) Love. The White House will be posting new pics on flikr today.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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TV

Tensions are high on TV…

Joe Scarborough vs. Rush Limbaugh.

Mediaite: ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos appeared last night on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News. After Hannity brought up safe school czar Kevin Jennings and insinuated dangerous statements, Stephanopoulos countered: “I donÂ’t think you have the goods on this one Sean.”

Stephen Colbert on Glenn Beck: “Clearly Glenn Beck is as sincere in what he says and does as I am in believing baby carrots are trying to turn me gay.”

ABC Jonathan Karl here: NBC Correspondent Richard Engel is taking sides in the debate over what to do next in Afghanistan.

ONLINE

PRNewser has the FTC’s guidelines for bloggers. We should prob read that.

MAGAZINES

Conde Nast could be down $1 billion this year. FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst was on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier to discuss.

There may also be layoffs coming at Time.

BOOKS

Barnes & Noble is also working on an e-book reader.

And, of course, “Rogue Journalist,” by Time‘s Joel Stein.

NEWS NOTES

Slate‘s Jack Shafer on the Newseum exhibit of Tim Russert‘s office.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

Two Sides of the Same Ugly Coin?: The Taliban-as-lesser-enemy thread was woven more intricately today, with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs distinguishing between the direct and “global threat” of al Qaeda and the “not homogeneous” Taliban that alternately provides safe haven for terrorists and promotes a far different agenda on some local levels. “The Taliban are obviously exceedingly bad people that have done awful things,” RG articulated, adding that their “capability is somewhat different, though.” As a further rebuttal to those who would caution more Taliban references in the Obama team’s Af-Pak rhetoric, RG observed: “There is not intelligence to back up, as some have suggested, the imminent fall of the government in Afghanistan.”

What’s a Billion These Days…: Addressing the prospective costs of an increase in troop levels, RG acknowledged that the price tag was a continuing consideration in the Af-Pak review and that according to his figures, “For every 1,000 troops per year, it’s a billion dollars.”

No Love for Love: Holding nearly equal weight with Af-Pak today was POTUS’s 5 p.m. appointment with Cabinet members and Congressman… on the b-ball courts. RG noted the roster was largely ripped from a long-time House pickup group, and that his own attendance would be scrapped due to the “turned ankle” he suffered at one of the recent outings. Perhaps to turn the page on that embarrassment, RG outed POTUS sidekick Reggie Love as the victim of an Obama block (Ba-lock?) that WH photog Pete Souza snapped. The photo has been enlarged, ordered signed by Reggie (by POTUS), and was hanging in the West Wing… until it was dutifully delivered to the briefing room for the world to see. Reporters debated whether the photo was evidence of a POTUS foul. (In the judgment of this former HS-level hoopster, someone should clarify where the hoop was located so an over-the-back foul can be confirmed or refuted.) As Reggie crashed the briefing room to seize the (16×20?) photo, RG uttered: “I’m in trouble now.” Earlier, RG had said the game would be closed press “to protect the privacy and statistics of any of those involved.” Sorry, Reggie.

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What’s On Reggie Love’s (and Therefore the President’s) Reading List?

The New Republic. And the mag’s pretty happy about it.

This is President Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love last week, walking across the South Lawn to Marine One for a trip to Minneapolis with the President.

(Photo via HuffPost)

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Briefing

More on Motown: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded a number of questions on this morning’s GM bankruptcy announcement- primarily revolving around the terms and duration of the government’s auto ownership. When he was pushed on the issue, Gibbs defended that “I took a few of those [economic] classes,” and, in response to some snide reaction from the crowd, “I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way.” (One reporter threw Michael Moore into the mix, pausing to identify him as “Michael Moore…Roger Rabbit, whatever–” to laughter that actually didn’t drag Gibbs into the circus.) Gibbs then offered up a basic defense of the administration’s decision on GM restructuring: “If investment far exceeded the assets, the fixed costs–that would be a terribly irrational business decision.”

Rose Garden Eavesdropping: As POTUS touched down in Marine One from a brief visit to the National Naval Medical Center, some presidential chatter could be heard from the southern wall of the Brady briefing room. “You’re early!” a FLOTUS-sounding voice exclaimed as the South Lawn landing was about half-hour ahead of schedule. POTUS could be heard calling for handler Reggie Love multiple times, and this spontaneous pooler might have heard some Bo barks in there. Some WH visitors were apparently on hand to greet the returning POTUS, and they exchanged pleasantries. “Mr. President?” one called. “That’s me,” he said. Sorry kids, no state secret leaks this time.

“I’ll Pass”: Gibbs pulled something of a fast one today as he was avoiding comment on Congressional involvement in the auto industry. In response to a follow-up on an earlier query, Gibbs jabbed that “just last week” reporters were asking about complaints from the Hill that Congress was not involved enough in the process. CBS’s Chip Reid clarified: “They do both.” Gibbs closed the deal with, “I guess I’ll come back in any given week to whichever scenario we’re pursuing at that time.” And then he moved along….

100 Days and 100 Beautiful People

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As you’ve likely heard, People Magazine debuted its “World’s Most Beautiful People” issue today.

News media folks that made the cut this year are CBS’ Katie Couric, NBC’s Natalie Morales, NBC’s Meredith Vieira and ET’s Mary Hart.

Though Washington wasn’t represented by any media folk(Fingers crossed: Dornic-Delargy 2010), the White House snagged quite a few spots for the city.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, White House Speechwriter Jon Favreau, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, White House Chef Sam Kass, Personal Aide Reggie Love and First Lady Michelle Obama are all representing our fair city on this year’s list…

Visit www.people.com/mostbeautiful for more.

Did You Know…?

  • Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe can not only cook, but he can shoot hoops as well? Homeboy was shooting it up with Obama man Reggie Love recently and apparently was somewhat decent for a man of such non-Yao Ming heights.

  • Lara Logan was dealing with her real estate agent (looking at a Georgetown spot) on the phone during a recent State Department visit. Oh, and she’s loving D.C., commenting on how nice it’s been that various people have reached out to her to welcome her.

  • And that was Logan showing up at CBS’ softball happy hour last night! What a regular gal!