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A Book Party That Actually Sounds Lovely

Everyone’s writing a book these days. But not everyone has a book party hosted at an embassy with a top rated chef.

The invitation reads:

The Ambassador of Mexico Arturo Sarukhan, Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan,
and José Andrés, Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup request the pleasure of your company at a reception to present the book  Revival: The struggle for survival inside The Obama White House by Richard Wolffe.

Wolffe will also appear at a book signing at Politics and Prose Thursday night. (Please note: the invitation above is a depiction of an invitation only.)

NJ Parties Like the Pink Panther

It was Night 4 of NJ‘s flurry of launch parties at the rented space on E St. Thursday night was thought to be the mother of parties so far. The room was packed. So much so, that partygoers periodically slipped out into the cool air when they couldn’t take the crowding. Or, when they hoped to flee the towering wine-drinking man in blue linen who pawed some female guests (he wasn’t with NJ and appeared to be a straggler who wandered in off the street. At least one woman pushed him away).

Guests enjoyed cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a live jazz band. They complained of too few bathrooms and a sweltering indoor temperature.

The dimly-lit warehouse space was enveloped in red velvet curtains. NJ Daily Editor Jason Dick loosely bragged that he had attended party after party and wasn’t tiring of it.”This is how we roll,” he joked. “I take my cues for living from the old Pink Panther movies with the martinis.

“It’s a little bit more fun than I anticipated,” he said, referring to the new web site launch and subsequent parties. “We started this back in February and it was hard to see where it was going. We’re all working as hard as we ever have. There’s a lot more steam in our strides.”

NJ brass did their best to squash talk of a NJ-Politico rivalry. But partygoers chattered about it. “For me, Politico is a start, but I’m not going to get a lot of substance out of it,” said a guest. Others felt the party logo looked too much like Politico. Dick dismissed the so-called feud, saying there much less animosity and more friendship than people know. “I have a lot more friends than enemies at Politico,” he said. He laughed, saying people had tweeted earlier in the week about whether NJ and Politico were going to “meet in a parking lot with knives and guns.”

Fournier said he was “excited” about the launch but just as excited to make it an early night and get home to his wife and child.

Many a journo turned up. Find out who and see more pictures after the jump…

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Huffington’s Backyard Book Bash

National Journal’s Matt Cooper hides from the paparazzi behind one of Arianna’s book-themed pillows. 

Arianna Huffington made a splash last night at the home of Tammy Haddad.  Guests such as actress Geena Davis, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Dennis Kucnich and wife Elizabeth, Richard Wolffe, Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Hilary Rosen and  MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan flooded Haddad’s Foxhall backyard to toast Huffington’s new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class and Betraying The American Dream.” 

The event, which Huffington joked was like an “Obama backyard party” played host to hundreds of the city’s political and media set who mingled over cocktails in the brisk fall weather.  One of the most popular topics of conversation was Howie Kurtz‘s recent announcement that he will leave the Washington Post for a new gig at the Daily Beast.  Several guests agreed that Yahoo’s Michael Calderone seemed like the only viable option to replace WaPo’s longtime media beat writer. 

We caught up with Calderone who admitted that he wouldn’t spill to Fishbowl if he was in talks with the Post but joked that, “Marcus [Brauchli] hasn’t even returned my calls about Kurtz leaving so it’s safe to assume that he hasn’t pursued me to replace him.” 

Also spotted at the backyard book bash were HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri, Sam Stein and Mario Ruiz, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, National Journal’s Matt Cooper and Taylor West, Janet Donovan, Tim Burger, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers and Dr. Marty Makary, Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, ABC’sPolson Kanneth, Jim Courtovich, CBS’s Christine Delargy and The Hill’s Emily Goodin.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Arianna Huffington. 

Geena Davis, Michael Calderone and more after the jump. 

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Quotes of the Day

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Kurtz makes fun of Paris Hilton’s coke bust

Paris Hilton busted for coke in Vegas? Remember when she got out of jail and said she was going to do something with her life? Snort!
- WaPo columnist and CNN host Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet.

Real Housewife husband: reluctantly real?

“He was doing it for her, he was very reluctantly involved and I think that comes across. He wanted minimal participation. Preferably none. But you can’t. You can’t be half pregnant with these shows.”
- Former Newsweek colleague Richard Wolffe in a NYT weekend Style story on former White House photographer for Newsweek Charles Ommanney‘s involvement with the Real Housewives of D.C. The show helped propel him toward divorce.

Major Garrett promises to be even better

“I will not leave Twitter. I hope you won’t leave me. In fact, I’ll try to sharper and, maybe, funnier. New Twitter handle after Sept. 3.”
- Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett in a recent tweet explaining that his Twitter handle will change come Sept. 3. He said he was “overwhelmed, genuinely” by all the good wishes of news of him leaving Fox News for National Journal.

Too much of good thing = not necessarily good

“OK remember when I said text or email me? too many texts can be overwhelming. #neverhappy.” – RedState.com contributor Dina Fraioli in a weekend tweet.

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Quote(s) of the Day

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Sweating buckets

“I’m on a panel today so I wore a suit. Will I really look better drenched in sweat than dressed sensibly for summer in DC?”
Steve Buttry, director of Community Engagement at TBD

Wolffe’s hard hitting wordplay

“Heading over to Hardball. Or hardballing over to Heading. One or the other. Maybe watching too much World Cup.”
Richard Wolffe, MSNBC Analyst

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Richard Wolffe: The Party Crasher

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Liberal scribe Richard Wolffe, an MSNBC political analyst and regular writer for The Daily Beast, may need some party crashing lessons from the Salahis.

Wolffe attempted to crash the Fox Suite Wednesday night in the convention center which held the network’s pre-party to the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Dinner. But Wolffe was not on the guest list and was promptly escorted out of the party.

Ouch.

Richard Wolffe Working on Second Obama Book

Via WaPo‘s Reliable Source:

After a brief stint in lobbying/PR, Richard Wolffe is back in journalism.

The longtime White House correspondent for Newsweek — a talking head so ubiquitous and vivid (those glasses, that accent) he inspired a “Saturday Night Live” caricature — had left the magazine in April to become a senior strategist with Public Strategies. He remained on TV while with the public affairs firm (though MSNBC took heat for originally failing to note he’d switched sides). And now, eight months later … he’s leaving to write a book about the White House, he told us. “I have nothing but good things to say about [Public Strategies], but the chance of writing a White House book was the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

His publisher is Crown, which put out his brisk-selling Obama campaign book, “Renegade.”

DC’s Women in Media Support the Rebecca Project


Juleanna Glover and Richard Wolffe with Rebecca Project’s Malika Saada-Saar and a party guest.

Juleanna Glover opened the doors of her Kalorama home Saturday night to some of DC’s most powerful women in media to benefit the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. This is a group founded by executive director Malika Saada-Saar and Autumn VandeHei to advocate for women who have survived addiction, incarceration and poverty.

Women who have benefited from the Rebecca Project, the “Mother Leaders” attended the party, sharing their stories with special hosts Carol Browner, Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fischer (who had to leave early for a “Meet the Press” pretape with Secretary Hillary Clinton), Norah O’Donnell, Amy Holmes, Robin Sproul, Sally Quinn and Jessica Yellin.

It was most certainly a ladies night… CNN’s Dana Bash and Edie Emery, WaPo‘s Liz Spayd and Ceci Connolly, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Kiki Ryan, Politics Daily‘s Emily Miller, msnbc.com’s Carrie Dann, Congress Daily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, The Hill‘s A.B. Stoddard, Washington Life‘s Janet Donovan, Christina Sevilla, Miss DC 2008 Kate Marie Grinold and Katie McCormick Lelyveld from First Lady Michelle Obama’s office attended. And the Glover sisters- TWT‘s Liz Glover, Becca Glover and Kristin Glover.

These ladies were joined by Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, host Autumn’s husband, O’Donnell’s husband Chef Geoff Tracy, NYT‘s Mark Liebovich, WaPo‘s Perry Bacon, Richard Wolffe, Winston Lord, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Lee Brenner, Mark Paustenbach, Pepper Watkins, Marc Adelman, Michael Feldman and White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee. Also Susanna Quinn and Jack Quinn, and Shanti Stanton and Matt Stanton.

In remarks at the party, Saada-Saar thanked VandeHei and the women involved, “Our organization stands on the shoulders of many people.” “We come together to honor the work of these women, to honor the work of mothers and to really recognize what happens when we as women and mothers come together across the divides of race, class, education, lived experience and honor ourselves,” she said.

The event was sponsored by Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Women, and Brown-Forman generously donated the party’s wine and martinis. Attendees could donate online or by pledge cards.

For more on these women’s stories, check out Emily’s Post on Politics Daily, and for video of Saar’s remarks, check out Politico Click.

Photos by Emily Miller.


NPR’s Michel Martin, Autumn VandeHei and Amy Holmes.


CNN’s Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin.

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Ronnie Cho Bares (Almost) All at HBO Screening of “By the People”

“By the People” may be a documentary on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, but the real break-out star of last night’s HBO premiere is Ronnie Cho.

DC media types like Chris Matthews, Candy Crowley and Richard Wolffe, and Team Obama- David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, David Plouffe- all make frequent appearances, but Cho, the former campaign staffer turned admin staffer, was filmed working early morning hours in his boxer shorts. Now that is dedication. He tells FBDC, “I did it for him, I did it for America.”

The film is by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams and produced in part by actors Edward Norton and Tate Donovan, who were both at last night’s DC screening.

“We always hoped to get the opportunity to show it,” Norton said in comments after the film aired. “I look around the room and think this is our government now,” he said to laughter.

It was standing room only at the Park at Fourteenth– the White House’s Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake were there, as well as NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny and Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, who were all featured in the HBO documentary.

“Shower scene is coming up,” Vietor joked, maybe one too many times. “That line is getting old” was friends’ response.

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Morning Reading List 10.02.09


Late night newspapers sales outside Five Guys in Georgetown.

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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Letterman.

More on NBC Universal and Comcast. Brian Williams reported on the story on last evening’s “Nightly News.”

Richard Wolffe returned to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” last night.

Al Hunt will interview former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on “For the Record,” which airs tonight at 7pmET.

This has nothing to do with DC media, but I am completely fascinated by this trainwreck… TLC has shut down the production of “Jon and Kate Plus 8.”

NEWS NOTES

NJ will host Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at its next policy breakfast as part of the pub’s Health Care week, which kicks off today. Atlantic Media Political Director Ronald Brownstein will lead that discussion and NJ political analyst Charlie Cook will sit down with former Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Vic Fazio (D-CA). This will be next Wednesday at 7am at the Liaison on Cap Hill.

At the “First Draft of History” event at the Newseum yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed Fox News and Glenn Beck in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. On Beck: “Only in America can you make that much money crying” and Beck is “not aligned with any party as far as I can tell. He’s aligned with cynicism. And there’s always been a market for cynicism.”

A federal judge has ordered the release of records, including FBI reports, notes, and interviews, with former VP Dick Cheney associated with the investigation of the Valerie Plame leak under the Freedom of Information Act.

And on a more light-hearted note… from Playbook: “It’s POLITICO’s superstar media coordinator’s last day at work as Sara D’Angelo. The bride-to-be is off to Tucson, Arizona for a week of final touches, parties and after-parties before officially saying “I do” to her college sweetheart, Eric Olson, October, 10th. So speak now or forever hold your peace, because STBMO’s under strict orders to turn that Blackberry off! (hat tip: Diana McFadden)”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

NYT: The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation that could protect reporters from being imprisoned if they refuse to disclose confidential sources who leak material about national security, according to several people involved with the negotiations.

REVOLVING DOOR

Jessica Gibson is moving on from Latin Concepts to Republic National Distributing Company where she will be working as a key account manager, introducing Constellation Brands’ wines and portfolio DC to restaurants. She’ll be replaced at Latin Concepts by Anna Croll, who comes from the Willard InterContinental and was previously with Washington Life. Good luck ladies!

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