Today we unveil a new feature here in the Fishbowl. It’s a look back on where we’ve been and were specifically on this day in years past. We’re going to start out today’s debut item with no set vision on how often this will run. For now we’ll say “steady and occasional” and see where we go from there. The site was founded in 2005, so we’ll begin there: This day in 2005.
At the time, Garrett Graff, now Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian, was manning the site. Let’s see which item jumped out at us.
“Crawford Dining,” the headline of the post reads.
Graff writes about a piece by Dan Froomkin, then a WaPo reporter who moved on to HuffPost and is now launching FearlessMedia.org, who detailed a dinner in which President George W. Bush and wife Laura broke bread with the press at their ranch.
“Although swimming was encouraged, no one took a dip while about 50 reporters broke bread with Mr. and Mrs. Bush over a table graced with fried catfish, potato salad, coleslaw, homemade cheese and chocolate-chip cookies. [You can just hear the new White House chef grinding her teeth over preparing such menus.] The beer was Texas’ own Shiner Bock.”
Graphic by Austin Price.