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Parnes Takes FLOTUS Fawning to New Heights

We’re all for spreading our wings. Today Politico‘s Amie Parnes takes her FLOTUS fever to a sweat lodge as she writes about, not first lady Michelle Obama, but her mother, Marian Robinson.

No doubt, FLOTUS’s press office is doing cartwheels right about now. They officially declined to participate in the story, and still, Parnes manages to make Marian sparkle. Was there even a worry? Unfortunately not much new news in this report — Parnes’ prose is well-written and she’s good at compiling tidbits from past reports about FGOTUS. We do get a quote from WaPo social reporter Sally Quinn who has the “dream” quote of the story that doubles as a headline. “She’s the dream grandmother,” Quinn gushes. An anonymous “longtime family friend” reveals (and we use this word to exaggerate how unrevealing it is) that “She’s having a great time.”

What makes FGOTUS such a dream?

1. She takes the first daughters to school.

2. She keeps a low profile (it must be true because this low-profile story says so.)

3. She does math and helps the first daughters with their homework (which she told NBC TODAY’s Matt Lauer last year while keeping a low profile.)

4. She’s racy. Marian hits the Vegas strip, which Obama announced last year to the press corps.

5. Last but certainly not least, she does her own laundry in the machines down the hall because she doesn’t want anyone else checking out her undergarments. Perfectly understandable. (Michelle Obama told this to Oprah BFF Gayle King in May.)

The Parnes-o-Meter score (1-10, 10 being a Kissing Festival): It’s a smoochfest at 8.75.

Read the story here.

Washington Toasts Chris Licht

Licht, Brzezinski, Mike Allen, Mark Leibovich, Louis Burgdorf

If the idea of Mark Leibovich‘s impending book release strikes fear in your heart, we’ve got some bad news for you.  You’re sleepless nights won’t end anytime soon.  “I’ve finished about five pages,” the star scribe told FishbowlDC last night at a book party for “Morning Joe” EP- turned-CBS News VP, Chris Licht.

Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Constance Milstein, Jon Meacham and Kevin Sheekey, the event packed the parlor of the Jefferson Hotel with a guest list that included MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, CBS’s Chris Isham, HuffPo’s Howard Fineman, Bob Woodruff, Hilary Rosen, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Patrick Gavin and Mike Allen, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Sally Quinn, MSNBC’s Louis Burgdorf, Kelley McCormick, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Janet Donovan, Wash Life’s Kevin Chaffee and John Arundel, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab and Anne Schroeder Mullins.

FishbowlDC also caught up with a delightful David Shuster who shared a few secrets about his investigative website project after we swore to keep the info offline for now.  But the most interesting insight of the night was gleaned from what wasn’t said:  When asked if “Morning Joe” might follow him to CBS, Licht swerved and ultimately dodged the question, leaving guests to wonder if the show’s rumored move is more than simple speculation.

For info on Licht’s book, “What I Learned When I Almost Died,” click here and check out video from his bash here.

L: Anne Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Brzezinski, Scarborough R: Licht & David Shuster

Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos asks a question during Q&A.

*All images by Bruce Vartan Boyajian/Haddad Media.

Deadspin Takes on Dan Snyder

Deadspin‘s Tommy Craggs weighed in today on the Dan Snyder-WCP lawsuit, just re-filed by the Redskins owner. He specifically responds to Snyder’s editorial on WaPo‘s op-ed page, which Craggs calls “Fred Hiatt‘s bullshit emporium.” Hiatt is WaPo‘s editorial page editor. The editorial, Craggs writes, is “probably the most ridiculous assertion on that op-ed page sincee whatever George Will wrote last week.”

Craggs thinks that Snyder is a “prick” and that his explanation of the lawsuit is mainly bogus, but points out one area where he may have a case. WCP‘s Dave McKenna accused Snyder of forgery, but employees of Snyder’s company were the ones who actually carried out the forgery. But even that argument is probably a stretch.

Check out Craggs’ profanity-laced rant after the jump.

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HuffPost’s Ultimate Media Couples List

HuffPost readers have spoken. And when HuffPost readers speak, the world listens. This time, they have chosen the “Ultimate Media Duo.” (Important to note: unlike most HuffPost lists, this has nothing to do with hotness.)

The title of most ultimate of all ultimate media duos goes to ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband, director Mike Nichols. In second place, Bloomberg News‘ Washington executive editor Al Hunt and PBS’ “Newshour” anchor Judy Woodruff. And, in third, host of ABC’s “This Week” Christiane Amanpour and Bloomberg‘s Jamie Rubin.

Among the couples not chosen: WaPo‘s Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, CNN contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin, CNN’s John King and Dana Bash, and Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown and her husband, former Sunday Times (London) editor Sir Harry Evans.

A Night with Julia: Eat, Pray, Rape.

You never know when the Gods will intervene.

Julia Duin (pronounced Deen), former TWT religion writer and now a faith blogger at WaPo, invited me as her guest to conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas‘s prayer dinner Wednesday night at the Washington Hilton. Apparently the rule is that you must bring a guest. I had been invited because during a recent prayer session, Julia received word from the big guy in the sky that I was the right choice. “I felt the suggestion come down to invite you,” she said.  She wanted to “bury the hatchet” (we had a fiery exchange over TWT layoffs late last year).  When I surprised her by accepting the offer, she notified me that she’d be wearing purple.  Following her lead, I pulled together a purple outfit of my own.

It turns out, Julia’s dress was a cranberry velour number with Asian patterned embroidery. She accessorized with pantyhose, sensible cranberry flats and a large rectangular box of Kleenex. It seems she was fighting a terrible cold.

We exchanged pleasantries as Thomas smoothly worked the room of faith-filled dinner guests. “I’m always excited,” he said. “It’s a great time to be in Washington. The Middle East is blowing up.”

Later I questioned the Born-Again Christian columnist (she was saved at 16) about a recent WaPo magazine story she penned describing a bus encounter on the way to Jon Stewart‘s Rally to Restore Sanity. Had she crossed a journalistic line by chastising the subject for his wife’s abortion? In the piece, Duin suggested that although the fetus had no heartbeat, the man’s wife should not have aborted.

It turns out, she said, WaPo asked for an injection of personal opinion. “I would have never put myself in the story,” she said. “You know how it is, you never put yourself in the story.”

Rape part coming up…

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Gordon Brown’s Washington Book Fete

Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C..  Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire,  the fete took place at the Jefferson Hotel and included remarks by Brown on his new book “BEYOND THE CRASH: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.”  Guests such as Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Alan Greenspan, Arianna Huffington, CNN’s Piers Morgan, Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del), Debbie and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Laura Capp, Bill Burton, Susan and David Axelrod, Anita McBride, Capricia Marshall and Hilary Rosen enjoyed cocktails, a beautiful buffet spread and complimentary copies of the book at the historic hotel.  On Sunday Brown appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.


Media types who made the invite list for the swanky book bash included CBS’s Bill PlanteSally Quinn, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Janet Donovan, The Hill’s Emily Goodin, Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger and Annie Groer, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger.

The Georgetown Dish Honors Sally Quinn

It’s been a rocky year for WaPo‘s Sally Quinn — losing the print column on entertaining and all. But losing something doesn’t mean awards aren’t possible. The Georgetown Dish rode in on its white horse this week and honored the longtime Washington scribe with its first-ever award for Literature and Style. They online gossip/socialite rag gave her the award Tuesday night at J. McLaughlin, an M Street boutique.

WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth gave high praise to Quinn, saying, “Sally, you all know, is a force to be reckoned with. She is widely credited with creating the Style section of The Washington Post. The section used to be known in that dismissive way as the “Women’s” section. And much as my grandmother blew up tradition when she refused to go nicely to the parlor with the women after a dinner while the men talked about serious things, Sally blew up the so-called Women’s section and made it a must-read for all of Washington.”

Read the full story here.

Washington Ideas Forum Comes to Close

That’s a wrap!  The second and final day of the Washington Ideas Forum came to a close this afternoon following a lively panel discussion featuring Margaret Carlson, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein, Charlie Cook and CNN’s John King.  The crew discussed a variety of topics but ultimately landed on the media’s role in politics and why a very disenchanted American public believes that Washington is broken and disconnected.  Chuck Todd conceded, admitting that Americans have a lack of faith in the media because ”we’re doing a poor job covering the recession.”  Todd went on to explain that the media makes a spectacle out of issues that aren’t of great concern to the average citizen.  “Rahm leaving, Rahm not –that’s why the media doesn’t have the trust of the public.  It’s just stupid,” he said. 

But journalists weren’t the headliners for most of  the event, attended by a ”who’s who” of media, business and the political set.  Director Spike Lee, Governor Haley Barbour, Richard Holbrooke, Senator Jim Webb, Tony and Heather Podesta, and  Ahmed Chalabi all took to the stage today.  Spotted taking in a few sessions were CBS’s Chris Isham, The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Sam Stein, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd, CNN’s Edie Emery and Michelle Jaconi, Sally Quinn and The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder

Members of the media view interviews from the press room.

Quinn and Tannen on Female Communication

WaPo‘s Sally Quinn and author and Georgetown University Linguistics Professor Deborah Tannen will be the panel on Sept. 23 for an event highlighting how women communicate at a downtown D.C. hotel. Tickets are $45. Don’t hold this queasy phrasing against Bisnow, whose hosting the event, but they’re billing it as the “best schmooze around before and after” the event.

Getting over that hurdle, is Quinn really an expert communicator?

One reader raised an eyebrow at the panel selection of WaPo‘s Sally Quinn, noting that “how Sally communicates” has been a “popular topic in certain journo circles over the years.”

In late February, after writing about her weird personal family wedding controversy, WaPo yanked Quinn’s “Party” column and positioned her back online to write “On Faith.”

Buy tickets for the event here.

See a detailed event description, including the “schmoozing” after the jump…

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Washington Life’s Most Invited – Which Journos Made It?

<img alt="iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" width="250" class="alignright" hspace="3' vspace="3"/ Washington Life has released it’s “Most Invited” list and here are the Washington journalists who made the A-List. We must say, no big shockers. But one question: Where the hell is Tammy Haddad?

Haddad, a who’s who around town, is spotted at many a party and hosts her annual Garden Party, one of the most sought after soirees of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. But she didn’t make the cut. As we reported yesterday, WL Executive Editor Michael Clements poked “fun” at Haddad’s grey hair stripe during a dinner at Blue Duck Tavern Tuesday evening by making the hair streak a place on Foursquare. We do sincerely hope her hair isn’t what kept her off the list, as it seems a rather petty, inappropriate reason to exclude her. We’re also not convinced it was that “fun” of a thing to do the other night.

We’ve asked Clements for comment on how decisions about the list were made. Stay tuned…

The List: CBS’s Rita Braver, NBC MTP Host David Gregory; BBC’s Katty Kay, VF’s Christopher Hitchens; BBC’s Katty Kay; Politico’s Mike Allen; MSNBC’s Chris Matthews; NBC’s Norah O’Donnell; WaPo’s Sally Quinn, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger and FNC’s Chris Wallace.

> Update: Clements has replied. It’s heavy on Washington speak, but he has some points to make – like 12 of them. Check out his verryyy long quote after the jump. Many thanks to Clements for his response. In all his remarks, he had no comment on Haddad not making the list…

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