Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Exclusive Photos Taken In Various Washington, DC WalMarts

The 7th edition of people of Washington, DC's Walmart.... 

I think that triangle is a scratch-n-sniff. Go on, try it. She may be a lobbyist for the fashion industry.


It's Valentine's Day in DC! Actually, these are congressional staffers for Rep. Barney Frank.


Well, if you are going to camp out and squat someplace, then right by the cash register
seems smart. Probably an employee of Treasury.


How much attention do you possibly crave that you feel the need to attach 3 air-horns to the top
of a bike helmet? Honestly,  Somebody please get this man's mother and have her hug him for
once! An upper level manager from TSA, no doubt.


Why are all these guys following me everywhere? I don't give autographs.


Oh!! It looks like Pirates of the Caribbean went horribly, horribly wrong! 

Not even close to a treasure!  Just take what you want and leave us all alone!


I appreciate the effort in trying to add some flare to your matching gray sweats combo,
but it was probably better without the port holes and the stringy fringe balls that a cat
wouldn't even play with.


If you start at the bottom and slowly work your way up, you will literally
forget its a dude every time and shock yourself over and over again!


If Mary here asks if you want to see the little lamb,run. Working at the State Dept. must be stressful,


I feel like Ive seen this guy in every WalMart in DC. Maybe he's with Secret Service?


I have to assume those paw prints are actually some animal she swallowed whole trying
to fight its way out. I hope she's not working for Homeland Security.


It looks like one of those Bratz dolls came to life! She's a staffer for someone in the California delegation.


Big Bird, you are doing an absolutely horrible job of trying to cover up and hide!


Since we stopped going to the moon............NASA!


That is one tall drink of water! Maybe it's a relative of Janet Reno!


Its unfortunate that the one strap that is actually working is the one keeping your hair in place.


So, this is either a cross-dressing nautical enthusiast or.............someone from the IRS.


You just have to love this package. Assistant to the Attorney General.

I feel that people just don't know me. And are quick to judge who I am.


Is there any other way to pick the best toy? You may say wearing a shirt
would help, but I think not. Is this Karl Rove? No....

I hope you enjoyed your visit to the WalMarts in our nation's capitol.

It Pays To Be Screw-Up (if you work in the White House)

Embarrassed Obama White House Social Secretary Lands Position Running Media Firm

A second Obama administration veteran has landed in a media firm’s executive suite. Two months after ObamaCare’s chief propagandist, ex-ABC and CBS correspondent Linda Douglass, became Vice President of the Atlantic Media Company, Michael Calderone reported Tuesday afternoon on “The Upshot” Yahoo News blog:
Former White House social secretary Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive of Johnson Publishing Company, billed as “the world's largest African-American owned-and-operated publishing company.” JPC publishes both Ebony and Jet magazines.
The news about Rogers came the very week MSNBC entered a partnership with the Chicago-based Ebony magazine to air joint reports on education policy, culminating in a two-hour special at noon EDT this Sunday: “Making the Grade.”

Calderon reminded readers that “Rogers, a former corporate executive and a Chicago friend of the Obama family, resigned in February from her position as the first African-American social secretary” after she “came under fire during her White House tenure after socialites-turned-reality-TV stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi famously crashed a state dinner.”

Calderone also noted the two magazines are legitimate journalistic enterprises, at least since Obama was inaugurated: “Both Ebony and Jet have ramped up Washington coverage since Obama took office. Both publications joined the rotating White House press pool and petitioned for a seat in the briefing room.”

complete Obama-media revolving door list. Rogers makes the 17th member.
Ebony’s press release, announcing the CEO position for Rogers, poured on the praise:
Rogers is recognized as an innovative leader with a proven track record of developing creative solutions to transition organizations. She is known as an exceptional communicator and a committed community advocate. Rogers is expert in repositioning brands, utilizing their core essence to engage customers and extending them into the communities they serve.
Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News carried a short item about Rogers read by fill-in anchor Ann Curry:
The former White House social secretary who left Washington soon after that state dinner crasher scandal has a new job. Desiree Rogers has been named CEO of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company which puts out Ebony and Jet magazines and is the premier black publisher in the nation.
— Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mike Allen - Politico - Esquire Interviews Gingrich's Ex

ESQUIRE's September issue, “Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican,” teased on the homepage as, “The Ex-Wife … The Money Trail … The Next President?” -- “In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power. As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. But just who is Newton Leroy Gingrich, really? An epic and bizarre story of American power in an unsettled age,” by John H. Richardson: 

--Much of the piece is quotes from his second wife: “She was married to Newt Gingrich for eighteen years, all through his spectacular rise and fall, and here she is in a pair of blue jeans and a paisley shirt, with warm eyes and a big laugh and the kind of chain-smoking habit where the cigarettes burn right down to the filter … We're having breakfast in a seaside restaurant in a Florida beach town, a place where people line up in sandals and shorts. This is the first time she's talked about what happened, and she has a case of the nerves but also an air of liberation about her. Since he was a teenager, Newt Gingrich has never been without a wife, and his bond with Marianne Gingrich during the most pivotal part of his career made her the most important advisor to one of the most important figures of the late twentieth century. Of their relationship, she says, 'We started talking and we never quit until he asked me for a divorce.'” 

--The writer also interviewed Gingrich: “He's the first person you've ever met who speaks in bullet points. … The failure of the Republican leadership under George W. Bush created an opening for him, he says. Obama's 'radicalism' made that opening wider. Now a lot of Republicans are starting to ask, What Would Newt Do? Or, he puts it another way: 'The underlying thematics are beginning to be universalizable in a way that has taken years of work.' At minimum, he expects to be a "sort of a teacher/coach/mentor.' … He is known for his rhetorical napalm and is not accustomed to acknowledging that he often deploys it for its own sake, facts and gross exaggeration be damned. You don't build a movement by playing fair.” 

--As Speaker, he had “just one way to pay the [House Ethics Committee] fine -- he had to write another book. So the staff set aside blocks of time and he began sitting alone for hours, typing with one finger … After that, Gingrich started to deteriorate. … One day during the summer of '97, senior members of the Republican leadership tried to stage an intervention on the Speaker's balcony. Newt was late arriving, and his leadership met first with Marianne, pleading their case, asking that she help them reason with her husband. His temper was by then volcanic. Would she stay for the meeting? And then they opened the door and Gingrich was standing there. They told him a softer version of what they'd told her - that the dysfunction was causing a dangerous level of anger in the Congress and the country. The members actually left in a more cheerful mood - Gingrich was always good at letting people think he agreed with them, Marianne says. But from then on his behavior only got more erratic. … 

--"After getting rolled by Clinton on the government shutdown, Gingrich was convinced that Republican fortunes were dependent on his ability to at last deal with the White House. He worked hard to persuade reluctant hard-liners and eventually hammered out a compromise in exchange for tax cuts … 'Clinton and I used to talk like it was a graduate-school session,' he says. 'We both like books, we both like ideas, we both like exploring language and exploring concepts and trying to find solutions.'” http://bit.ly/cPG2M6 

--A Gingrich aide tells Playbook: “As of right now, I have no comment on the story.”