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The FishbowlDC Interview With National Journal’s Amy Walter

amy-9.jpegAmy Walter is Editor-in-Chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. She has a weekly column on National Journal.com. She’s a regular contributor to PBS’s “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer”. She regularly appears on CNN and CBS’s “Face the Nation”. She has been a guest on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Mahr”.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Tie between Diet Coke and Lime Seltzer. I suspect the caffeine would break the tie.

How often do you Google yourself? I do have a “Google” alert but mostly it just keeps me up to date on the latest news from Walter Matthau and anyone named Amy.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Judy Woodruff. A class act all around. One of the most generous people I’ve ever known.

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon”? If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? Nope. I have enough weird obsessions. I can’t really get into the whole Vampire thing too.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author Sarah Palin? M. Obama. She’d have MUCH more interesting gossip.

When did you last cry and why? Anytime “Abby” from “The Biggest Loser” was featured. Her heart wrenching story (she lost her two kids and husband in a car accident), gave some true “meaning” to this otherwise mindless reality show.

What swear word do you use most often? Goddammit

See full interview after the jump…


If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? The Obama cabinet seems pretty fun. And, since so many of them are in my age demographic, there’s actually the chance weÂ’d have a lot in common. Or, at the very least, we’d understand each other’s pop culture references.

Who was your mentor? Charlie Cook. Everyone thinks they can copy him. But, he’s one-of-a-kind.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? You’ve been given a hand, it’s your duty to help the person who comes up behind you.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? The first time I did “Face the Nation” I was really nervous and tried to relieve it by doing a sort of goofy running monologue for the sound guys while I was getting miced-up. What I didn’t realize was that everyone in the control room could hear me.

What’s the biggest scoop youÂ’ve ever had? I wasnÂ’t the first, but did get the early [Sen. Arlen] Specter[R-Pa.] party switch news just in time to make Hotline’s noon deadline.

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