This week, Tommy Thompson, Tim Russert, Dennis Kucinich, George Stephanopoulus, Anthony Kennedy, Jeff Daniels, Ariana Huffington, and Ben Bernanke were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. Voyeuristic fun, as always, is after the jump.
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*Tommy Thompson, G Concourse O'Hare Airport Thursday night. HUGE lapel flag. Saw him first in men's room, where many people were chatting him up (perhaps waiting to see if he had a wide stance?) Saw him again in concourse, where he totally left his bag unattended. Didn't he just endorse the 9/11 candidate? Why does he hate America?
*Tim Russert was at 2 Amy's on Friday night enjoying some pizza. (Bill Cosby was not with him.)
*Dennis Kucinich, in Rayburn, wearing a brown crushed-velvet jacket. It was scary, because legislators are supposed to be too old to like irony.
*I saw George Snufalafagus (I don't know how his name is spelled - He's the little Greek boy with the big hair who's on the TV) cruising the Georgetown Canals on Sunday [10/14]. He looked very sad and lonely and kept fiddling with his cell phone. A missed rendezvous? He finally gave up and walked back to M Street -- probably to the bathroom at the Four Seasons for some hot toe-tapping action. Yes, he is as tiny as he looks and my god his head/hair is massive.
*Justice Kennedy dining at Charlie Palmer with four or five suits. He seemed quite affable, and was escorted into the building by a rather hot official-looking man, presumably a bodyguard?
*I saw Jeff Daniels this morning (10/18) leaving the Palomar Hotel. There was also some kind of Audi convention going on so there were a lot of folks milling about. Nobody seemed to give him a second glance though.
*Saw Ariana Huffington on the red line this morning. She did not speak, but was flipping through the first pages of the Washington Post. I don't want to sound like R. Kelly, but if I was a younger lad, I may want to get in on the ground floor with Ariana's daughter if she ages as well as mom.
*I stood in line yesterday (Monday, November 8) behind fed chairman ben bernanke at the (un) Safeway on the Hill. his fishing vest clad secret service goon gave him away but otherwise he looked like a typical middle age, potbellied, balding Jewish dad. Was not particularly patient with the sales clerk (who was surprisingly polite) and nearly walked off without signing his credit card receipt. most notable purchase...an enormous bag of dog food.