From the Dept. of Bragiculture…When FBDC showed up Monday at the launch of a new partnership by CBS and Google Plus in Logan Circle, we were greeted with pure, unadulterated love. “I read FishbowlDC everyday,” CBS intern Chad Sinclair said.
Bursting with good spirits, we made our way upstairs of Fathom Creative, where the launch was hosted, and found three open bars placed no more than 25 feet apart. They made damn sure getting a drink wouldn’t be a problem. That, in itself, could have presented a problem. Unfortunately no one got out of control.
Among the first reporters to join the party was Politico‘s party animal Mike Allen. He zipped around the room shaking hands and saying hi to everyone he knew and everyone he didn’t.
Allen left 45 minutes in but was replaced by his colleague Patrick Gavin, who was wearing a blazer with tennis shoes. Gavin told us that Politico Live, Politico’s venture into video news, is a work in progress but said “it’s fun to be a part of [it].”
We soon ran into the star of the party, “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer. “No!” he said when we asked if he had any summer vacation plans. “I’ll be working my ass off,” he said.
They gave out weird purple socks as party “favors” in honor of Schieffer, known for his striking hosiery (photograph below).
The event was held to unveil an interactive election-coverage feature that CBS and Google will host roughly once a month called “hangouts.” The gist: Voters across the country will be selected to participate in tele-town halls with Schieffer. A new voice-controlled Google software facilitates the discussion. The first hangout is scheduled for Thursday. Excerpts will air on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”
In a brief party speech Schieffer joked that he’s worried about participants in the hangouts using software that puts “ears and horns” on his face on the screen. “I can’t wait for someone to be rude to me,” he said.
Everyone at the party seemed to admire Scheiffer, chatting him up and speaking fondly of him to one another. “So goes Bob, so goes the network,” we overheard one attendee say.
Others spotted at the party: CBS White House Correspondents Bill Plante and Norah O’Donnell, Political Director John Dickerson, Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, CNN’s Peter Hamby and the Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, who was surprisingly verbal even though her rumored policy is to give FBDC the cold shoulder.
“I can’t believe FishbowlDC isn’t drinking” — CBS Vice President of Programming Chris Licht.