Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

West Wing Sophia: Sophia Nelson, columnist for the and Essence, visited the White House last week and snapped a few pictures.

“This stage [is] always available to you if you ever want to finish that Al Green song,”David Rubenstein, Chairman of the Kennedy Center to President Obama last night at the Kennedy Center Honors. Quote taken from a White House Pool Report by The Hill’s Eric Wasson, who referred to Alec Baldwin as “Alex” Baldwin and corrected himself in the next Pool Report.

German ex-journo predicts punch in the groin

“Today has been an utterly horrible day. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody punched me in the groin on the way home.” — Klaus Marre, formerly of The Hill and The Daily Caller, in a Facebook update. (We hear he has left journalism and wants to start his own business.)

Travel Bitches

  • “The flight to North Dakota, already held up an hour, is being delayed further because “the flight attendant left her manual at the gate and we have to retireve [sic] it.” Sometimes, Delta, you’re better off lying.” — Bloomberg News‘ Alan Bjerga.
  • “Attendant on my Delta flight from Boston delays boarding by jetway full of coach passengers to take drink orders, hang coats of 1st class.”  — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
  • “Amtrak WiFi. An utter exercise in frustration. That is all.” — Yahoo! News senior editor for politics and news Beth Fouhy.

Just in case you wanted to know where Jake Tapper was this weekend…

“Reminder to Fort Hood area tweeps: from 11AM to 1PM CST I’ll be signing books at the FORT HOOD EXCHANGE Building 50004, Clear Creek Road.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. That would be for Tapper’s book Outpost if you haven’t heard of it (but we’re sure you’ve heard about it in a few thousand of Tapper’s tweets as of late).


“I delete so many tweets, you people have no idea. I’m the Dr. Kavorkian of inappropriate 140 character utterances.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

“You spew such bullshit…I now know why you are rarely on CNN anymore. Your act is tired.” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall to CNN Contributor Roland Martin. (The pair were engaging in a lot of sports trash talk this weekend. We suspect their friendship will survive it.)

Being a real reporter is when this happens

“There’s nothing that makes me feel more like a real reporter than getting kicked out of someplace I’m writing about.” — Mother Jones D.C.-based reporter Stephanie Mencimer.

The Fashion Critic

“Geithner rocking the Ironman watch on all the Sunday shows. I like it.” — Politico congressional reporter and fashion expert Jake Sherman.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Politico’s Ginger Gibson has a “serious” question and an anonymous tipster reveals a few things about her colleague, Tim Grieve. Also: find out why a NBC News desk assistant was feeling semi-violent over the weekend…

A serious question?

“Serious question: Why would anyone make a fake Facebook account impersonating me? Don’t they have something better to do?” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson. (Movie suggestion for Gibson: Single White Female.)

Uh oh.

“Dear MTP Intern taking photos of the newsroom: If you take a picture of my post-overnight self, I will force-feed you your camera strap.” — NBC News desk assistant Ellie Hall.

Baier Vomit

A follower named Jeanne: “I never get a response to any tweets. Am I doing it right?” FNC’s Bret Baier responded with RT and “Yes you are.”

Anonymous to FishbowlDC: “Here are some of [Politico] Tim Grieve’s new duties: Lowering newsroom morale even further below the 6th floor. Berating the website, the paper, and mobile products. Yelling at the four walls of his new office, which will hopefully be located in a different part of the building. Hope you spend an entire week having fun with this news!!!!! He deserves it. A promotion into oblivion.” (In reaction to a post on Politico job shifts and promotions.)

Anonymous to FishbowlDC: “Britebarf was any human being’s worst nightmare. No one but morons cared anything the crap he peddled.” (In reaction to our reporting that The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle is going to work for

NBC cameraman loses taste buds

“Hey @chefgeoffs! Your Rockville location is a welcome addition to our neck of the woods. Your team here took very good care of us. :)” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long.