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Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.


“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.


“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.


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The Ease of the Wet Weather Metaphor


Bloomberg‘s White House Pooler Margaret Talev didn’t have to look far for a “wet blanket” metaphor to descrbe this morning’s wet weather as it relates to POTUS’ whereabouts. She writes, “The planned Marine One flight was scrapped with bad weather cited. Then the rain stopped. As we departed WH, the rain started up again and low clouds hung like a wet blanket.”

In a later report she continues, “POTUS gets an umbrella escort up the steps into the plane. It’s raining hard now.”

AFP‘s Tangi Quemener, a Travel Pooler, took over where Talev left off, writing, “POTUS walked out of his SUV, climbed the stairs under a black umbrella held by an AF1 attendant and was aboard at 9:46.”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Prepping you all for CNN Ed Henry’s Hula video.

Journos are just like the rest of us: They get help from friends

“Correction from previous pool report: brown SHORTS, not shirts. Thanks to eagle-eyed pool report reader Joe Curl for picking up your pooler’s typo.” — NYT Sheryl Gay Stohlberg in Hawaii covering President Obama’s vacation. She’s referring to Joe Curl, former TWT scribe and now working for The Drudge Report.

Movie buffs: Blitzer and Tapper

“Want to see True Grit again. seldom say that about films ive just seen. Really well done.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Tuesday tweet.

“Saw ‘True Grit.’ Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin & Hailee Steinfeld are amazing. Coen Bros do it again!” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a Tuesday tweet.

Correspondent in Hawaii wonders about snorkeling security detail

“Obama snorkeling this morning in Hawaii: Wondering how the Secret Service detail works in such occasions…. #floatingflackjackets.” — Agence France-Presses’ White House Correspondent Tangi Quemener in a Tuesday tweet.

Stuck scribe

“Dead stopped on PA turnpike due to accident.” — LAT and Chicago Tribune‘s Congressional Correspondent James Oliphant in a Tuesday tweet.

WCP‘s Benjamin Freed tries to imitate FishbowlDC.

We welcome a funny satire. Sigh. But this one lags and lulls and is hard to get through and doesn’t get close to providing an amusing imitation of the site. I enjoyed the National Museum of the American Indian Soup of the Day (but only if you didn’t make it up). Yucca soup garnished with Quinoa Crusted Shrimp sounds delicious and yes, Chuck and Savannah would likely agree. But remember, Chuck is down on most soups. A few critiques: 1) Those shoes — troubling. They look like they might stink. 2) One to tweets is not “picking on you all day.” But we can arrange an official all-day tweaking if you’d like. 3) I did not tell you to “go fuck yourself.” I said the English translation to “Whatever” is “F.U.”  So technically, that is what I told you. Hope you’re having fun with your Google Reader you “uppity” scribe. And tell your mother I’m not going to pick on you (too much) today. xoxo-Betsy

Blind quote on former MSNBCer soon to be radio sub David Shuster from a female reporter…”Shu is kinda hot.”

‘Scary’ Photog Stampede in Portugal


White House pool reporter Tangi Quemener of Agence France-Presse who is traveling with POTUS in Lisbon reported an event involving photographers. He told FishbowlDC, “Things are pretty intense here, but we’re coping.” He explained further, “We print/wire poolers were a few yards behind, we heard a few yells but nobody was hurt (we think). The leaders weren’t actually in the room yet.”

Details are as follows:

Quemener writes, “Pool was ushered out from the Conference room at 5:30. POTUS didn’t speak in our presence. We held for one hour in the press room and then headed to the family photo spray with a stopover for two sniffer dogs sweeps. This created a scary stampede when photogs rushed to secure their riser positions through a narrow door.

The situation appeared to end well. “POTUS was standing in the first row, between Secretary General Rasmussen and British PM David Cameron. French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel were behind POTUS, who flashed his signature smile and waved to the photographers.”

The FishbowlDC Interview With The Frenchman, Tangi Quemener

Tangi.jpg Say hello to Tangi Quemener, White House correspondent for Agence France-Presse. Quemener hails from Brest, France (that’s right, that’s the name of the north-western French town in Brittany where he grew up). He studied journalism in Paris. He has been working for Agence France-Presse since 1999 – he worked on the international desk in Paris, on the Middle East desk in Cyprus and as a West Coast correspondent in L.A.

Quemener was a delight to chat with by phone from Martha’s Vineyard Thursday afternoon, where he’s covering President Obama’s summer vacation. He does not appear to fall under any stereotypical French attributes. He’s self-deprecating and self-conscious about his English and respectful of his American colleagues in the White House Press Corps. “I’m the newcomer,” he says, explaining that the wire service assigned him to the White House beat in December. He told me, “My English is far from perfect, so please feel free to correct any spelling or grammar horror that might have gone undetected.”

He does not refer to French Fries as Freedom Fries. “The French Fries are not really French,” he says. “They are from Belgium.” But he isn’t taken aback by the ongoing jokes against the French. “The French are not easily offended,” he says. Oh, and the photograph? His choice. He wanted to be an international man of mystery, and I’m not one to argue with a Frenchman.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Full Sail beer from Hood River, Oregon. Or Diet Coke, the White House Correspondent’s drug of choice.

How often do you Google yourself? Once a month. But I confess that I check my byline on the AFP wire more often than that.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You just made me realize how lucky I’ve been so far. I really can’t remember any serious rift with my gentle and beloved brass. I’ve never fallen [in with] a prick editor. Blame it on the 35 hour workweek, the 61 day a year paid vacation or even our amazing health care system. That’s the French way but we work a lot. Every American worker is green with angry or red with rage.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Gail Collins makes my Metro ride a bliss. I have a great deal of respect for my AFP colleagues working in war or disaster zones. But my all time favorite journo is Frenchman Joseph Kessel (1898-1979), a real adventurer and a master wordsmith.

Do you have a favorite word? Two: Ice cream.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin would give me a hard time as I’m French, thus a cheese monkey girlie man cowardly palling around with communist treehuggers. But I’d rather have a charbroiled moose burger than sauteed broccoli. Decisions, decisions.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? My cell is in vibrating mode only. Robert Gibbs doesn’t like interference when he’s briefing.

When did you last cry and why? I shed a tear this summer after receiving a pic of my young sons that my wife e-mailed from their long French vacation. Corny but true.

What word do you routinely misspell? This summer, its has been “flottille.” It’s flotilla in French.

What swear word do you use most often? “Bordel de merde.” Need a translation?

What word or phrase do you overuse? In English, “Basically.” Must be unnerving to others but can’t help it.

What TV show do you have to watch? BBC’s “Top Gear.” I’m a car freak.? Plus it’s hilarious and beautifully shot.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I usually go on a rampage every year in a shopping outlet like in Delaware or Virginia. You must know [NPR’s} Ari Shapiro. He’s always very well dressed. I’m not like that at all.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? I have to monitor cable news all day but I’d rather watch Ellen, who has a great sense of humor. The others actually scare me. I’m really scared of Oprah, the way she hands over gifts and cars, maybe she’s too powerful, and Dr. Phil is even worse.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? None of the above, really. I’m more of a Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert aficionado.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Thad Allen seems to have a few boats handy. And his mustache is has soothing powers.

Find out what Quemener’s first journalism teacher wrote about him after the jump…

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