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Best of Newt’s Long Goodbye

Washington journalists fixated on Newt Gingrich‘s speech marking the end of his presidential campaign Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what caught our eye.

The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan: “Newt Gingrich: the long goodbye as pompous lecture.”

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “This reminds me of that scene in Airplane where this guys keeps talking and all his seat mates start committing suicide.”

Politico‘s Reid Epstein: “Just fyi, the Gettysburg Address was 271 words.”

CNN’s Mark Preston: “Newt Gingrich just suspended his presidential campaign and now he is talking about his moon colony proposal.”

ReutersSam Youngman: “Somewhere Romney is saying, ok, that’s enough, Newt.”

Politico‘s Darren Goode: “I’m now officially drunk. #drinkinggame #Newt”

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza: “Newt is, gulp, likable in this press conference. No?”

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“Yogurt spilt on President Obama tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczyinski with the accompanied picture above. The incident occurred at The Sink, a restaurant and bar in Boulder, Colo. From the White House Pool report by TWT‘s David Boyer: “While greeting people outside, a young woman spilled yogurt on the president. It appeared to hit his pants. The president wiped himself off with a towel and made a wry comment about the Secret Service, but pooler couldn’t  hear his exact words. He did say to the woman, ‘Getting yogurt on the president, you’ve got a story to tell.’ She said, ‘I’m very embarrassed.’” The woman appeared on NBC’s TODAY show this morning.

Deep thoughts with Politico‘s Epstein

“Some will win. Some will lose. Some will smell of sweet perfume.” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein. (Actually it’s lyrics from “Don’t Stop Believing,” a Journey song played at a a Mitt Romney bash last night.)

Ted Johnson, Deputy Editor of Variety on why the stars enjoy attending Nerd Prom: “I really do think that the appeal is to be there and to be among the political elite. That means something. …Here, there is a chance that you’re not only going to see people from the White House you probably already know … but you’re probably going to also see people from the other side of the aisle, the unexpected Republicans who attend the dinner. There are those encounters that probably have a great sense of appeal.” Read Politico Patrick Gavin‘s full story here. Really? The wayward Republican who attends the dinner is the exotic allure? Johnson may need to get out more.

John Edwards according to Maureen Dowd

“Everyone’s arguing whether Edwards is a swindler or merely a swine. He’s certainly the latter.” — NYT‘s Maureen Dowd on the ex-Sen. John Edwards trial. Read full column here.

What’s driving the day: “Do you know when you should toss out ketchup, mustard and other condiments?” — WTOP has hints that may save you a few stomachaches. And this from the AP…”Whale found dead in Wash. had swallowed golf ball.” What was found in the whales stomach? “The stomach examination Monday found the shrimp, woody debris, algae, pieces of rope and plastic, the golf ball and some flat spongy material.” Best line…“The garbage was minimal and not the cause of death, which remains under investigation.”

Better Late than Never: Spotted at Nationals vs. Miami last Friday night: In first row behind third baseline, NBC’s Luke Russert, Politico’s Jake Sherman and Bo Blair, owner of Smith Point and The Bullpen.

 

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Hey Boybander: Go on vacation already goddamn you!

“Well, @United 1736 into IAH is delayed. Someone better make sure @United 53 is held so I don’t miss my honeymoon transfer.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias, who is apparently going to annoyingly tweet his entire “vacation.” Over the weekend, he tweeted nonstop in Buenos Aires. His poor bride.  He even felt the need to tweet this: “Vacation day! Step one: coffee. Step two: figure out how to set out-of-office email mess.” This was probably the worst of it: “BREAKING: They have really good steak in Argentina.”

Schieffer’s ultra-polite farewell

“Mr. Basham, I want to thank you for coming on. I wish it could have been under different circumstances, but perhaps there will be time down the road when we’ll have happier things to talk about.” — CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer to former Secret Service Director Ralph Basham on Sunday’s program.

NYT reporter razzes HuffPost

“HuffPost Hill chasing greatness.HAPPY BP OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY(?) It’s been 2 years since Unbridled Capitalism vomited in the Gulf of Mexico.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, whose Twitter presence has been picking up as of late.

Reporter wants washer/dryer advice

“Anyone have stackable washer/dryers they particularly like or loathe?” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein. FBDC’s Peter Ogburn asks, “WTF is this, ‘This Old House’ or Twitter?” Meanwhile, we still want to know how the week-old new home owner injured himself and wound up in the ER. Anyone with information on this urgent matter please email us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.

Bathroom trick

“Am I the only one who pretends to talk on my cell before patronizing a restroom at a bar/restaurant where I’m not actually a patron?” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

Writing trick

“A good way to increase suspense in your writing is to change all instances of ‘obviously’ to ‘ominously.’” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Breitbart Editor gets pretty personal

“Don’t tell the wife but intentionally mispronounce Spanish words cuz it’s kinda sexy when she corrects me.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, Editor-in-Chief of Big Hollywood.

A Question to Ponder…“Is saying you’ve endorsed Mitt Romney on a Sunday talk show different from a ‘formal endorsement’?” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith in reference to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on ABC’s “This Week.”

Journo is anti-Earth Day

“Don’t forget to take an extraaaaaaa longgggggg shower today! #EarthDay.” — Ex-Human Events reporter Jason Mattera.

Spotted: Politico‘s Jedd Rosche eating a box of fried chicken strips outside a bar on U St. Friday night. The bar wouldn’t allow him to enter with his meal.

Barfworthy: “I was moved by this video, as I’m sure you all will be, as we think of our own mothers and what they have done for us.” — Ann Romney this weekend in her 11th tweet, otherwise known as Milking the Mom Issue Expedition stemming from RosenGate, which she called an “early birthday present.” Watch the video here.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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HuffPost media writer Jason Linkins eats the above ham on a biscuit in gravy over the weekend. Why we have to be subjected to this cream sauce vomit on a plate is anyone’s guess.

Women are special. All women. Harriet Tubman. Eva Braun [Hitler's longtime companion pictured at right], Fergie. That serial killer Charlize Theron played in Monster. Mrs. Butterworth. ALL women. All. Equally. Special.” — Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert addresses the War on Women last night responding to Ann Romney‘s declaration that “women are special.”

Uh oh.

“Hours as a homeowner before suffering an injury requiring an ER trip: 4.” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein reported on Twitter late last night.We inquired what happened and he replied, “I’ll live. I’m sure inquiring minds can be kept busy with other matters.” (The next lawmaker Epstein interviews should offer that reply– “I’m sure inquiring minds can be kept busy with other matters.” We’re sure Politico editors will love that.)

Baier Vomit

A viewer to FNC’s Bret Baier: “You look tired…rightly so. Hope you’re feeling ok. Glad you’re back safely.” He replied, “Thanks – i guess Good to be back.” And this...”Sorry you didn’t like it-thnx for watching” – Baier in response to a viewer who wrote, “Bret Baier, poor taste-Disrespectful to a pres candidate. Women already see him wrong.”

Politico Dumbs Down its Hiring

Politico, a publication known for its tireless around-the-clock reporting, has just dumbed itself down with the new hire of TBD‘s Ryan Kearney, a reporter known for going slim on facts and using cardboard figures in video interviews. One question for VandeHarris: Are you going to allow this ex-TBDer to send weird rubber dolls and other bizarre tchotchkes to the private homes of journalists and readers around town? Clearly those in charge of him at TBD didn’t know or didn’t care to know how strange his s0-called reporting could get. Kearney writes on Twitter Monday, “I can’t quit you, Rosslyn: I’m back at 1100 Wilson, as Politico‘s deputy editor of breaking news.”

ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida‘s new Twitter avatar

USA Today‘s Paul Singer preaching to the choir: “Pollen now deeper on my sidewalk than snow got this winter. Do I have to shovel?”

Two stories, multiple mentions of pit stains

“While one of those shirts appeared darker under the arms in his office last month, Falcone said he doesn’t sweat and didn’t when checking his TW Steel watch during January’s down-to-the- wire loan negotiations.” — Bloomberg‘s Katherine Burton in a story on Phil Falcone, the hedge-fund manager who invested $3 billion in a wireless broadband startup LightSquared Inc. and is facing possible bankruptcy and a censure by the SEC.  The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake also mentioned his pit stains. In his story on Falcone, Lake wrote, “The only sign Falcone was feeling any pressure were the deep perspiration stains under his armpits, a condition that afflicts many men who are not in jeopardy of losing billions of their own and other people’s money.”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

“Thank u!” RT @mrbirdman305: @NorahODonnell great job on this particular story tonight on the @cbsnews” — CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell. “Thx!” RT @Jacob_Long_WMBD: @NorahODonnell Solid coverage on the #Secret_Service scandal.”

Journo suffers cramps en route home

“Got an abdominal cramp walking home from the Metro the other day. #outofshape.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — RedState.com Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

ME ME ME ME ME

“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)

Is he SERIOUS?

“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

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Politico reporter in Iowa faces clock issues

“Yesterday I tweeted about the clock in my Hampton Inn Muscatine room being fast. Today I got an email from the hotel’s general mgr. #service.” — Politico national political reporter Reid Epstein.

Jealous journo

“The DeLorean from Back to the Future went for over $541K in an auction #insanelyjealousofnewowner.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The sights and sounds of Washington

“Just saw a dump truck towing a Metro bus, with lots of people on it. #DC” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

And now for a brilliant question from Current TV: “What stories do you want Current to report today?” Seriously?

Burr!

“In a @Starbucks where it is basically too cold to think. (Hint: 14 & New York in DC.) Going into the office so I can feel my fingers & type.” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner.

Santorum is down on pundits

“#2012 Former Senator Santorum tells Iowans to ignore the media: ‘Pundits talk to pundits. They don’t talk to voters.’” — AFP’s Olivier Knox.

Blogger has stress dream involving Kate Middleton

“I had weird, stressful dreams last night, including one in which I was planning a dinner for Kate Middleton in DC.” — Global fashion blogger Samantha Sault who writes SamanthaonStyle, a blog intersecting fashion and politics.

Here’s an idea…

“Tell me tweeps, how can I save Andrew Breitbart‘s tweets to use in a lecture on color-blind racism?” — Rebecca Scott, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota.

Say hello to Boybander Fan Club Prez

@MzDiva67 (a woman named “Nicole” who says you always have the option to kiss her ass): “Why this dude on @msnbc look like Charlie Sheen #bashirlive lol” (Mz Diva pictured at left).

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “#winning”

Slate‘s Dave Weigel (who’s doppelganger is Sheen): “I’m on a drug called… you know.”

From the Road

“Four events in a day. This is like a Fred Thompson on ludes Iowa schedule.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Just intvd Romney on his bus. Asked about Paul’s foreign policy Romney said, ‘Ron Paul‘s not going to be our nominee.’” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

A Convo Between Fake Journo and Real One

Politico‘s Jake Sherman, something of a Phish fanatic, writes: “If you’re a political conservative in DC, and like phish, shoot me a note. working on something.” To which Fake Jim VandeHei cracked, “Oh, this is gonna be good.”

Journos Teach the Art of Interviewing

Jamie Dupree of Cox Media, WaPo‘s Emily Heil, Politico’s Reid Epstein and Ryan Teague Beckwith of Roll Call will be speaking about “The Art of Interviewing” at a panel at Georgetown University’s master’s of journalism program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15th.

The panel is aimed at Georgetown students, but it’s open to the public. RSVP to sfk9@georgetown.edu. The event will be at the school’s Clarendon Campus, just across from the Clarendon Metro stop at 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

 

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Beat Switches at Politico

This is one of those memos that’s likely far more interesting for those inside Politico than those outside it. But here you have it — four beat switches. MJ Lee moves from assistant editor on the 44 page to the breaking news team. Kendra Marr shifts to Politico Pro where she’ll probably enjoy being managed by fan favorite Tim Grieve. Abby Phillip heads to Money and Politics after a year covering the White House beat and a summer internship at Politico. And Reid Epstein moves to the Politics beat to help cover the 2012 presidential race.

Congratulations to all.

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Politico’s Kady Details Internal Shuffle

Politico Congressional Editor Martin Kady details the internal shifting of some reporters. He also gives a heartfelt sendoff to Meredith Shiner, who’s going to work for Roll Call. “Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern,” Kady wrote, referring to one of Politico‘s White House scribes. “She not only didn’t run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and quickly made her way into full time reporting.” Kady also gives her props for going to Tucson on two hours notice to cover the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Other changes: Seung Min Kim transfers from the publication’s Arena section to become a congressional reporter. Reid Epstein, a new hire from Newsday, will join Jennifer Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team. By Labor Day, Reid will relocate to the Congress team. Meanwhile, Erika Lovley moves to the Arena section.

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Weekend Wedding Bells: Congratulations to The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Hamm on her weekend nuptials. She wrote on Twitter, “Checking our wedding tweets. We waited seven hours to do it. Pretty good for us, we thought!”

Actress gets overwhelmed in D.C.

“I’m so overwhelmed being here. I keep getting teary eyed. #WHCD” — Actress Alyssa Milano in a weekend tweet. She came to Washington over the weekend to attend the WHCD and many accompanying parties and events.

Reporter reveals unusual news delay

“Peter King tells me he missed first WH call on OBL news because he turned ringer off to go to a kickboxing match.” — New York Newsday‘s Reid Epstein in a Monday tweet regarding Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). Read his story here.

Chelsea jokes about her ‘adult’ time in Washington

“I was at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend and then I have to come home to this garbage. I was having a really adult time — not really.” E! Late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler on her program Monday night. She was joking with her three-comedian panel on their latest antic, which is a bit X-rated to describe here, but it involved taking clothing of fellow comedians and brushing them over certain body parts and filming it.

Scribe has phone issues

“You know your phone sucks when you have to keep a charger AND an extra battery on you at all times because it dies so quickly. Grrrrr.” — TWT‘s Kara Rowland in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo faces harrowing field trip

“To the zoo with dozens of kindergarteners. Pray.” — CNN Contributor and Red State‘s Erick Erickson in a Tuesday morning tweet.

The Observer

“Tall intimidating guy in power suit at Starbucks asked for extra whip cream with his Chocolate Chip Frappuccino. I almost laughed out loud.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Tuesday morning tweet.

C-SPAN identifies male actor as female

“Don’t feel bad for this ‘actress. I think it’s funny. But if it happens a 4th time I am going to find a good OBGYN & join Curves Gym.” –  “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a weekend tweet as reported by the Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays. Ferguson attended Tammy Haddad‘s garden party over the weekend. C-SPAN was among the TV outlets that identified him as a woman. See the picture here.

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