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Savannah Says Being Bad is How You Get to be Good

MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie was in Tuscon over the weekend to deliver the commencement address at the University of Arizona, her alma mater. While she was there, the Mountain Oyster Club School of Journalism chatted with Guthrie about leaving her job covering Washington politics to host the third hour of the “Today Show.” She admitted, “It’s hard to leave Washington. I love covering the White House. I love covering politics. But I’m excited for this new adventure.”

Guthrie looked out at the sea of students and said, “You look so good in your cap and gown I think I’m just going to take a picture real quick.”

She continued, “I really believe this. Making mistakes and being bad at something — this is how you get to be any good at all. I know this is hard to hear, but it’s true. You’re not always ready for every big job and every opportunity. But here’s the truth and here is why you deserve to be excited. You will be ready, you will get there. You’ve got your degree now and you are on your way.”

MSNBC’s Willie Geist, who was filling in for Chuck Todd and Guthrie on “The Daily Rundown,” said word within the building was that Guthrie blew the commencement address out of the park.

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A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh who, according to Politico’s Playbook, celebrated at Hill Country last night. We’re running a picture of his dog, Rudy, because any excuse in a good excuse to run this pooch sitting pretty in his faux L.L. Bean Shearling jacket. By the way, we understand Walsh was given the trendy Shake Weight as a gift. The free weight works your triceps, shoulders, even your chest. Visit here if you want to know more.

Henneberger freelancing for TIME

“Closing my first piece for TIME. And when is the last time I spent even a DAY working out of an office? (A: I don’t think my kids even remember it!)” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update. She’s writing a few freelance stories for the magazine.

Something unusual in Washington: An all-female roundtable

“It’s a fine collection of women.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist in reaction to TIME‘s Rick Stengel saying he’d prefer to be in Washington this morning with the all-female roundtable of Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, BBC’s Katty Kay and WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan. Brzezinski was in Washington Wednesday night for a speaking engagement for her book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

D.C. Rule of Thumb

“Rule of Washington dinners: where two congressmen speak, one will for a few too long, God bless him.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo Movie Watching

“Am at the part in “Broadcast News” where Bill Hurt is smiling as he watches himself, fake tears on his cheeks, in his own date rape newscast.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“FYI: All marital splits are a ‘long-time coming.’” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

The Observer

“Nothing makes your day like a Capitol Police officer chastising a cabbie for barreling through the crosswalk.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

What makes Ratigan a New Yorker?

“When the smell of urine on the sidewalk no longer bothers you.” — MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan, who was in Washington for the WHCD last weekend, in a “21 Questions” feature for New York Magazine. Read the entire interview here.

A quick convo between two journos

Politico Media Coordinator Stefanie Christensen: “Why do female Hill staffers refuse to blowdry their hair?? have you noticed this phenomenon?”

Politico CLICK writer Karin Tanabe: “I certainly have and it is all kinds of wrong. Wet hair = only okay at the beach or during the Nirvana years.”


The Royal Wedding Steals TV Journos Away from WHCD

London or Washington. What would you choose?

The “Morning Joe” trio of Mika Brzezinksi, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist will skip this year’s WHCD to cover the Royal Wedding in London. The program will air from London all next week. They were all in Washington last year for the dinner.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, however, will be making the jaunt across the pond and back. The plan at this point is to cover the wedding for her “On the Record” program and make it back in time for the dinner.

Norah Wants to See ‘Tight Little Shorts’

NBC’s Norah O’Donnell had an interesting response to New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady getting all emotional about football on ESPN. After Co-Host Willie Geist played the clip, he gave the floor to O’Donnell to opine.

First off, she said, he needs a hair cut. Secondly, what’s with the sap? She wants to see “tight little shorts.” She laughed and said, “A little reverse sexism. Is that horrible of me?”

Here you are, Norah. We couldn’t find the tight shorts. But we thought this might work.

‘Morning Joe’ Tweaks Chuck Todd (a.k.a. ‘Chuckles’)

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had a ‘when the mice are away’ feel to it this morning with Mika and Joe away and deadpan Willie Geist in the head chair.

At one point guests included NBC’s chief Washington D.C. correspondent  Norah O’Donnell and White House correspondent and “Daily Rundown” co-host Savannah Guthrie. They were discussing the possible government shutdown when NBC’s Chuck Todd came up in conversation.

O’Donnell was first to mention Todd: “Of course, you sit next to Chuckles all day and he’s our poll expert,” she told Savannah, who was outside the White House.

Savannah then reeled off poll numbers, sounding something like a certain someone with the initials CT.

Geist offered this segue to the next topic: “There you have it. Savannah Guthrie rattling off poll numbers in a Chuck Toddian fashion this morning. Very impressive.”

Savannah: “It’s the highest compliment.”

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Silence in Washingtonfor a change

“The sound of silence is quite rare in Washington where talk is currency.” Toby Zakaria opening line in the Monday Reuters Washington Extra newsletter.

VandeHei offers ‘window’ into Politico life

“I’m going to have a competing news conference at 10 o’clock. I’m going to have a 63-page report on how we come up with these nuggets.” — Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei joked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, explaining how they decide which “Playbook” items they’ll feature on the show. MJ Co-host Willie Geist razzed him, saying, “I’m not sure we want a window in your life.” VandeHei soothed, “Oh, sure you do.”

Conservative blogger gets snide about Matthews

“Now it’s Chris Matthews‘ turn to lecture us: Political violence is bad. Because we didn’t know this.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT scribe Robert “Stacy” McCain in a Monday tweet.

Kurtz on Ailes

“Glad Roger Ailes told Fox to tone it down, but what does he mean by “the other side” should as well? Fox is on one side? Duly noted.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Monday tweet.

Journo elicits amusing comment from little girl

“Called my 7 y.o. daughter a “cheese licker” for eating out of the bowl. She: “I’m not old enough to drink.” So proud. I felt like pun Yoda.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Monday tweet.

The heroic intern

“She is the warmest person you will ever meet. She is extremely approachable. One of the things that I always remember is that when people would offer her a handshake she says, ‘I don’t do handshakes, honey. I do hugs.’” — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ intern David Hernandez on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Monday night.

Mika Asks Reporter to be her Cat’s Godfather

It’s the ultimate (and strangest) honor of the day.

Today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Host Mika Brzezinksi asked Politico‘s resident cat fiend Patrick Gavin if he’d be her kitten, Emma’s, godfather. “Do you want to be the Godfather?” she asked. He replied without hesitation, “I think I am already by default. … I never thought this day would come. Give Emma my best.”

“Don’t jump into this,” Host Willie Geist warned. We agree. No doubt Patrick is going to try to dress Emma up in red hats like the one above.

Watch here.

What’s Wrong with Mike Allen’s Face?

Politico Playbook author Mike Allen showed up to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning with a white bandage positioned awkwardly along the bridge of his nose.

Hosts Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle and guest Tom Brokaw didn’t quite know what to make of it. Clearly it had to be addressed.

Willie broached the injury gingerly. “Mike, there’s geninune concern out there, the e-mails, you want to come forward and say?” Allen replied, Luckily, unlike VandeHei I don’t get by on my looks,” he said referring to his Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

In the meantime, Brokaw remarked, “You look like you’re answering a casting call for Hannibal Lecter.” Barnicle, meanwhile, wondered if he had been hunting with former Veep Dick Cheney.

Allen ultimately explained that the injuries were a result of a hunting trip with Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and VandeHei (something to do with VandeHei’s aim.) Mika asked if the injuries were serious, if his nose was broken. “I don’t need stiches,” he replied, “but two and a half hours in the urgent care though.”

They said they loved him and hope he recovered soon.

FishbowlDC Interview With MSNBC’s Willie Geist

Say hello to host of MSNBC’s “Way too Early” and co-host of “Morning Joe” Willie Geist. He was spotted in D.C. this week to promote his new book American Freak Show.

Wherever you look, people of all genders gush. One D.C. journo (a male) called him “very sweet lovable, funny.” A Secret Admirer (female) said: “Willie is seriously hilarious, incredibly nice, and was never anything but lovely to work with. He also sleeps about 45 minutes a day, so he’s probably a few weeks away from a psychotic episode. I have no idea how he functions at work that early in the morning. I love Willie.”

Geist answered our questions while riding the Acela on his way back to Manhattan. He says he hopes his answers are coherent. They are. Enjoy.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Dr. Pepper: spicy, bold, and an unlicensed physician.

How often do you Google yourself? Never. That’s what Google Alerts are for. Just yesterday I learned through this service that I am a “no-talent d*****bag”.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa) “You know what? ‘Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights’ is totally underrated.”

Who is your favorite working journalist? That’s an easy one. Bill Geist, CBS News.

Do you have a favorite word? “Phalange”, although I don’t find occasion to use it as often as I’d like to.

Who would you rather have dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Dinner with the First Lady. Drinks and karaoke with Palin.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I am violently opposed to ringtones. There’s nothing like hearing a loud, overmodulated version of Ke$ha’s new single screaming from the pink phone of the 15-year-old next to you on the subway. Strictly factory settings for me.

When did you last cry and why? “Hoosiers” caught me at a weak moment the other day. Hackman’s “I love you guys” locker room speech before the South Bend Central state final game puts a lump in the throat. It quickly went away though when I got frustrated with Central’s atrocious execution down the stretch. They gave that game away to Hickory.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Caribbean”. Is it two “r”s and one “b” or the other way around? Haunts me whenever I’m jotting a note to a friend about Billy Ocean‘s 1984 hit “Caribbean Queen”.

Learn Geist’s most embarrassing career moment after the jump. It involves an obscene amount of sweating…

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Politico’s Gavin Gets More Cat Crap

Cat banter has become the norm for Politico‘s Patrick Gavin when he appears on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where he averages one weekly appearance to discuss Politico‘s Playbook and whatever else they throw at him. In April, host Willie Geist transplanted his face onto the cover of Cat Fancy Magazine and host Joe Scarborough recently ridiculed the scribe for having cats. “Oh my God, what’s wrong with you?” Scarborough asked Gavin the last time they got into cat talk and the host learned that Gavin has three cats.

The night before Gavin’s appearance on the program this morning, host Mika Brzezkinksi began (if you will) cat calling him.  “@pwgavin prrrrrrrr here kitty kitty kitty kitty…meeeeooooow,” she wrote on Twitter. He replied, “@morningmika Extra cat naps tonight to prepare. Then cat nip in the morning to perk up.”

On this morning’s show, the grief continued.

Mika: What’s going on with his hair?

Joe: It looks like cats have been nesting up there probably.

Gavin: I haven’t gotten a hair cut in a long time. It’s getting a little unruly.