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Posts Tagged ‘Tony Fratto’

Morning Chatter

Inside Mother Jones D.C. HQ…

“Bottom animal cracker is clearly a hippo. But wtf is the top one?” — Mother JonesNick Baumann, who also writes for The Economist. We’re pretty sure it’s in the Cheetah family.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:27 a.m.

Convo Between a Journo and a Weiner

NY Observer’s ROSS BARKAN: “@anthonyweiner absolutely melts down at voter in Boro Park. Story coming.”

ANTHONY WEINER: “@RossBarkan if by melt down you mean stood up to a heckler. Yep. Did that. That’s what Mayors have to do sometimes.”

Uh oh.

“Hey somebody at @HuffingtonPost should get back to @tressiemcphd about using her blog post w/o permission. cc @ryangrim @ariannahuff” – Mother Jones Co-editor Clara Jeffrey. D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim got right back to her, saying, “Flagging it for the blog editors.”

Bezos convenes with Posties

“Post’s new owner Jeff Bezos: ‘Should it be as easy to buy the Washington Post as it is to buy diapers on Amazon? I think it should.’” — WaPo reporter Carol Leonnig.

Double the fun?

“Occasional memo: follow @johndickerson for links to my articles and appearances. Remain on this line for everyhting [sic] else.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Attempted weed sale

“My neighbor’s kid just tried to sell me weed while I was taking the trash out. Good night, everyone!” — FBDC and BP Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Excellent advice for Washington journalists

“Reporters should follow @anthonyweiner around *after* the mayoral race because you know that’s when it’s really going to get good.” — CNBC Contributor Tony Fratto, a former U.S. Treasury and White House official.

Say hello to the President of Eli Lake’s fan club 

“I’m serious. @EliLake has helped cause more evil, suffering, and death than all the serial murderers of the past century combined.” — I’m a Monkey Mom. (as RT by Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Eli Lake)

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Toast of the Town: Corke’s Goodbye DC, Hello Miami Party

Former NBC White House correspondent Kevin Corke said adios to DC and hola to South Beach with a Latin-inspired celebration at Lima last night. He’s moving to Miami for a gig as NBC 6/WTVJ’s main anchor.

The party was hosted by Corke’s former NBC colleagues Kerri Forrest, Allison Kaminsky Putala and yours truly, Christine Delargy, and his former ESPN colleague Melissa Jacobs, who’s now blogging at

A big contingency from Corke’s NBC days came out, including former NBC Washington bureau chief Wendy Wilkinson, former NBC correspondent Jeannie Ohm, former White House producer Tammy Kupperman Thorp and Sarah Irwin, who’s now at Reuters, as well as plenty of current NBC-ers like Luke Russert and prods Carl Sears and Adam Verdugo.

Some friends from the White House press corps were also in attendance: ABC’s John Hendren, Reuters’ Jon Decker, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kathleen Koch and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, as well as Tony Fratto and Stuart Siciliano from the Bush White House.

Also: Pamela Punch’s Pamela Sorensen (check out her write-up here), Neil Grace, Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, CBS’ Kaylee Hartung and Frank Thorp, and a strong showing from Corke’s frat brothers!

Corke and party hostesses.

More party pics after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 02.06.09

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More: White House v. NYT

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “White House v. The New York Times … Round 41

From today’s press briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto:

    Q Tony, the White House seemed a little perturbed with a front-page story yesterday questioning the President’s approach to dealing with the housing crisis. I’m wondering if you are satisfied with how early problems in the housing market were diagnosed by the White House, and how aggressively the President and the White House approached the problems as they became more apparent.

    MR. FRATTO: I think we are satisfied with the aggressiveness of our response, that when we saw the problems in the housing market we quickly tried to develop programs to deal with it. You’re always going to have people looking back and second-guessing decisions that the administration makes or doesn’t make. Given the severity of the crisis, we would all like to have acted more quickly and seen the potential impact of the housing crisis more quickly. But I think at the time, in the time that those decisions were made, I think most observers felt that they were the right decisions at the right time.

    Our concern with the article yesterday was that it had a narrow focus, and that was to simply blame the housing crisis and the resulting financial crisis on this administration’s push for homeownership. And that is about as myopic as you can get, and unsophisticated as you can get an understanding of the housing crisis and the financial crisis. And if you go back to the President’s address to the nation at the time that we were requesting funds from Congress to deal with the financial crisis, the President went through a very detailed explanation for all of the causes of the housing and the financial crisis. And people are free to take a look at them and make a judgment as to whether they are the right ones, or whether each one of them is weighted properly, but I think most economists agree that it’s no one factor that led to the downturn in housing and the financial crisis.

    But we’ve acted very aggressively and we’re proud of the work that we’ve done and the creativity here and at the Treasury Department and the actions that the Fed has taken to deal with an unprecedented crisis.

Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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Good morning Washington. Enjoy the day, win or lose. You deserve it.

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Separated At Birth: Tony Fratto

For this week’s Separated at Birth, we have another reader-submitted suggestion:

Does Deputy White House Press Secretary Tony Fratto look like…

“No Country for Old Men” star Javier Bardem?

Quote of the Day

From today’s White House Press Briefing:

    This might be a first — I’m going to recommend from this podium that you take a look at a story in The New York Times this morning. – Tony Fratto

Morning Reading List, 07.11.08

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Good Morning Washington. I really doubt you’re going to guess what local trail the above picture was taken on, but knock yourselves out.

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Bush: Be Positive

From Playbook:

    As the pool filed out after President Bush’s availability with his economic team where he trumpeted a declining deficit and increasing changes for a balanced budget, he called after them: ‘Nothing like a little good news for y’all to print up. Put a little good news in your newspapers. Be a novel experience for you.’

In other WH news, deputy press secretary Tony Fratto is a big Radiohead fan.

This Week In Pool Reports

A slow week in pool reports, but the illustrious Mike Allen makes an appearance and posing with the POTUS brings in less than a pic wit FLOTUS. And, of course, Miss Beasley knows who her master is.

  • “After the speech, the president worked a rope line as your pool was led out. The two-minute ride back to the White House was uneventful. When he exited his limousine, the president was greeted by Miss Beasley, with whom he strolled back to the Oval Office.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service

  • “With a little help from our friends in the Press Office: Marine One was wheels down from Andrews at 8:05 p.m. The President — wearing blue tie, white shirt and dark suit — was in a jaunty enough mood to wave toward the press pen. Marine One manifest included Air Force General John Pray of the National Security Council; Mr. Rove; Tony Fratto; The Honorable Jason Recher; and Jared Weinstein.” — Mike Allen, The Politico

  • “The fundraiser for New Jersey Republicans was held in a spartan,
    warehouse-sized convention and exposition center in Edison, about 20 minutes south of the airport. New Jersey Republican Party spokesman Todd Riffle said the fundraiser would generate about(dollars) 675,000 and draw about 700 donors. He described it as ‘easily the most successful fundraising event we’ve had since 2001′ in terms of cash. But he didn’t dispute the recollection of one audience member that photos with Laura Bush in 2004 in NJ were going for (dollars) 10,000, while photos with POTUS on Wednesday were going for (dollars) 5,000. Non-photo tickets were (dollars) 300. The money will go to support Republicans running in state legislative races as well as in local races this fall. Riffle at first said that photos had been dropped to (dollars) 3,000 but almost immediately corrected himself and said they were (dollars) 5,000. The concrete-floored room was lined in black cloth, giving the event a somewhat serious feel.” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal