Quotes of the Day
MAKING AN ENTRANCE AND AN EXIT: Host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King walked into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in an eye-popping kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel. On Friday night, she was spotted leaving the Turkish Embassy residence where The Hill was hosting its pre-WHCD party.
“Don’t hurt yourself.” — A St. Regis employee to guests of Friday night’s TIME-People party at which partygoers, many of whom were White House correspondents, received gift bags so heavy they could give you a hernia. More on the contents later…
“I have been told many times I look like @MatthewPerry. I just saw him at #nerdprom. He is far better looking.” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Editor wants WHCD weekend to be more substantive
“It kind of sickens me when you’re here for the White House Correspondents’ Weekend that there are not more substantive discussions.” — Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, who hosted a discussion over the weekend with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WVa.) at the Ritz. The banquet room was packed. Breakfast disappeared too fast. The discussion centered on American military power today. Attendees included BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, NJ‘s Brian Fung, Yahoo! News‘ Chris Moody, Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake and The Atlantic‘s Jay Lauf.
A plea for help
“Someone catch me up on the last 9 days of news.” — Politico White House Correspondent Byron Tau.
Important Q to Ponder: “In a cab going to the airport but our driver is sleepy so he has the window down – to freeze or get into an accident?” — Oversharing Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
HuffPost‘s Sam Stein “impressed” with Politico
ThinkProgress‘ Judd Legum: “Politico currently has 54 separate links to stories abt WHCA Dinner on its front page.”
Huffpost‘s Sam Stein: “I’m kind of impressed.”
And in Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes father-daughter news…
“Someone asked Bob Schieffer if he was Claire Danes’ daddy.” — former White House reporter Myles Miller.
Some buzz on BuzzFeed Party
“CSPAN showing super long line for @BuzzFeed party. A lot of sad faces who can’t get in #buzzfeedbbq” — Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering. And this from Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas: “Crowd in #BuzzFeedbbq just let out very self-satisfied collective whoop after @cspan live shot of line @JackRoseinDC #counterwhcd”
Psy or is it more like Sigh?
“Psy just walked by me. I feel somehow cooler. Or at least more relevant.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Good thing Cillizza didn’t actually try to communicate with Psy.
Starting new pub is stressful
“Rare has oped from Jeb Bush today so big relief we can get the big names when so new. I’m on pins and needles every day.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker. See here. Will Jeb run or won’t he? Who knows, but his last graph sounds rather presidential. He writes, “American greatness comes from the power of individuals – not the government – to create wealth and opportunity through competition, innovation and empowerment. Not only must we pursue reform, we must do a much better job communicating how these reforms protect and promote the genius of America.”
More WHCD fallout…
BuzzFeed politics reporter wants to hug C-SPAN, etc…
“Eric Cantor at WH correspondents dinner had a security detail- protecting him from Streisand maybe?” — Baron‘s James McTague.
“My highlight of the weekend: Giving the creator of the C-SPANn library a big hug.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.
“Ahhhh. Sunday. Yes, I missed the #NerdProm this year… but it was SO NICE to be home sweet home. Back on a plane in a few hours…” — CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.
“To the shirtless fat guy drinking a beer on the sidewalk: I salute you.” — Daily Beast Contributor Justin Green.
“Don’t know what’s for chow at #WHCD but I just ate the HELL out of some Indian food with @jaw229 y’all and gonna watch TV like a BAWSE.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
“Support independent media that speaks truth to power instead of kissing ass at the White House correspondents’ dinner.” — Rania Khalek, an independent journalist in Northern Virginia.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which I’d ask a famous person to pose for a picture with me.” — Reuters‘ Amanda Becker.
“Will be on @BreitbartXM Sunday at 9pm EDT. Ain’t going to be a #nerdprom” — Mike Flynn, Editor, Breitbart News.
“Still glad of NYT ban on #WHCD but I did laugh: ‘A drink w Mitch McConnell? Really? Y don’t you get a drink with MM'” – NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.