At Table 46, Arianna and Rep. Issa Discuss Relaxing

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington got the hot table at last night’s National Press Foundation Award’s Dinner at the Hilton – at least in terms of Washington’s most pressing media story this week. Sitting at her table was House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who this week fired his spokesman, Kurt Bardella, after Politico reported that Bardella was leaking emails from reporters to NYT writer Mark Leibovich. The NYT reporter is on leave to work on a book about the D.C. bubble.

The press debacle didn’t even come up at Table 46. Sandwiched between Issa and Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, Huffington engaged Issa in a conversation about how he relaxes, which might come in handy right about now. He told her he unwinds by going on Pandora and listening to golden oldies like Bob Hope’s widow Dolores Hope‘s “Just the Way You Are.” On Geithner’s other side was AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Next to Armstrong was conservative commentator Mary Matalin, who has a radio show with Arianna.

Table 46:

Rep. Darrell Issa
Arianna Huffington
Secretary Tim Geithner
Tim Armstrong, AOL CEO
Nico Pitney, Huffington Post
Paula Kerger, President, PBS
Mary Matalin
George Shelton, Walmart
Kathy Cho, Siemens
Kathleen Matthews, Marriott
Susan Neally,  American Beverage Association
Robert Holleyman, Business Software Alliance

Find out who was sitting at HuffPost‘s second table last night, which was more reporter-driven and included Stein, Terkel, Fineman, Grim and more.

Table 44:
Phil Cara, Huffington Post
Howard Fineman, Huffington Post
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post
Claire Alexander, Discovery Communications
Peter Cherukuri, Huffington Post
Sam Stein, Huffington Post
Colin Stackhouse, Siemens
Ryan Grim, Huffington Post
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Kevin Keane, American Beverage Association
Matt Reid, Business Software Alliance