The FishbowlDC Interview With TPM’s Igor Bobic

Say hello to Talking Points Memo Assistant Editor Igor Bobic. Born in Bihac, Bosnia, Bobic moved to San Diego when was 7. “I moved during the war,” he explained in a phone interview this afternoon. “Basically we left. My mom was persecuted for awhile, so that’s why we left. She comes from a Muslim background; my dad comes from a Christian background. My mom’s uncle was the Chief of Police. Due to various political factors, his opponents were trying to get to him through my mom. They threw her in jail for a couple days. Pretty much after that, they decided it was time to get the hell out of there.” What was his experience like from a  7-year-old’s perspective?  “From what I can remember, a lot of fear, basically,” he said. “I don’t talk about it too often because I’m not the only one. A lot of people went through the same thing.” Fast forward to journalism. Bobic says he really wasn’t interested in it at all until after he graduated college from the University of California-Irvine. “I was going to go to law school for some stupid reason, but then decided to give an internship with TPM a shot.” Bobic began the day after President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been shot and killed. “I got to go to the Hill, go to all the press conferences,” he recalled. “Got a job offer, ended up staying.” It’s a job that involves interacting and sometimes arguing with reporters. “I’ve gotten cussed out before, but it’s fine,” he said. You work around it. You’ve gotta know the people you work with and their temperment. It’s basically understanding where they’re coming from.” Future goals? He really wants to report on Capitol Hill.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Whiskey Ginger

How often do you Google yourself? Unfortunately my mother does this job for me. It’s quite scary.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?
(On a crystal clear connection) “I’m having some trouble hearing you I think you’re breaki –”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Ben White. Dude keeps it real. Just not in the afternoon. He’ll also enlighten you on any number of subjects, including but not limited to banking, entitlements, Taylor Swift and HBO’s “Girls.”

Do you have a favorite word? You wouldn’t be part of TPM if you didn’t use “fail” incessantly. We get a bonus if you can manage to sneak it into a headline.

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? Igor Stravinsky. “Eegor? Eyegor? Eyygor? Eeyore?….Ivan?”

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, ABC’s Martha Raddatz or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. I’d take Megyn Kelly to dinner. Karl Rove’s election night meltdown made for great TV.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None of them is not an option.) I’ve actually met some members of “The Five” (which I enjoy), and it made for awfully awkward conversation. I’d love to do that again.

What swear word do you use most often? I throw out a lot of audible “f*cks” while I’m editing. Also, it’s remarkable how much leeway I have to swear in Bosnian without anyone knowing.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) No one. I like sleeping in on Sundays.
On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? My grandfather. He fought against Nazis in former Yugoslavia and was held in a German concentration camp for two years. He died before I was born.