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October 17, 2012

12:03
P.M.

The Reliable Source Live

Total Responses: 62

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Washington Post columnist Amy Argetsinger was online Wednesday, October 17, at noon ET to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.

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Q.

Amy Argetsinger :

Good morning and welcome back, everyone, to the Reliable Source live discussion. And welcome to any newcomers too -- anyone new hear? Raise your hand. Let us know if you've got any injuries or weaknesses we should take it easy with your first time out.

 

On our radar recently:

 

Look who’s ready to get married again! Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon, who got engaged on stage, of course.

 

Also: Dinesh D’Souza, though he’s not quite divorced yet.

 

The real-life guy who inspired “Argo” is just as interesting as the movie.

 

Paul Ryan may be regretting that “fitness photo shoot” as much as DSK is regretting the orgies.

 

Guess who Sarah Palin’s dad and brother wrote a book about?

 

In other news: Richard Belzer mulls the grassy knolls of today. . .  Arlen Specter told some crazy jokes in his time. . Hulk Hogan and Prince Charles are both grappling with privacy issues this week. . . Here's what not to ask Led Zeppelin the next time you run into them.

 

Ready? Send us your questions.

 

And why’d you have to schedule your party the same night as Nats-Cardinals Game 5?

Q.

Was that really Michaele [Salahi]?

Ladies, In yesterday's column you published a photo of a woman, purportedly Michaele [Salahi], with that guy from Journey. In the photo, she looked nothing like the Michaele Salahi from the party-crashing photos. What gives?
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Amy Argetsinger :

This photo? (It's from a few weeks ago, but it only ran in print yesterday.) Oh, I don't know why she looks different -- happier and well-rested?

– October 17, 2012 12:05 PM
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The wedding

Will Tareq be invited or will he have to crash it?

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Amy Argetsinger :

I'm hoping he'll recreate that scene from "The Graduate."

– October 17, 2012 12:05 PM
Q.

Lance Armstrong

So, what does he do now? And can he afford his lifestyle in his gated community in Austin, TX without the Nike endorsement? I am assuming he doesn't make a bunch of money off Livestrong...
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

I assume--unless he's a lot dumber than he looks -- that he made millions from endorsements and can live  very well on that for the rest of his life. As for his options...well, he'll probably write a book.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/lance-armstrong-stepping-down-as-chairman-of-livestrong-gets-dumped-by-nike/2012/10/17/51acce18-185b-11e2-a346-f24efc680b8d_story.html?hpid=z3

 

– October 17, 2012 12:08 PM
Q.

D'Souza is just anonther in a long line...

of "family values" men who seem to think that dumping your wife of 20 years for younger one is okay, as long as you marry them. I get that "fiancee" sounds better than "mistress", but getting engaged before you're divorced is so tacky. If King's College doesn't fire him, don't they lose credibility?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Well, that's not for me to say. It does seem, though, that King's College's board is taking this very seriously. Whenever your bosses put out a statement saying, in essence, "wow, we were surprised to learn about some of this stuff," you're not in a good place. Stay tuned.

– October 17, 2012 12:09 PM
Q.

Yay! Chat Day!

my favorite!
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Amy Argetsinger :

Mine too!

– October 17, 2012 12:09 PM
Q.

Argo

Terrific movie. Tony Mendez should be happy that he's played by a certified hunk with a serious side.

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Amy Argetsinger :

Who knew that Ben Affleck was going to turn out to be such a good director? I don't think he exactly burned up the screen as a leading man -- but then again, he was also playing a spy who (by nature and by  profession, I'm guessing) is kind of a low-key guy.

– October 17, 2012 12:11 PM
Q.

Ryan v Hogan

Worse mistake: fitness photo shoot or sex tape?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, that's  a good question. I'd say that Ryan's phoot shoot, while absurd, was a good deal more flattering than Hulk's sex tape. But then, they're working in different fields.

– October 17, 2012 12:12 PM
Q.

money honey

is there a pre-nup for the latest Sahali marriage? she must be working to preserve financial security, being in her late 40s. those looks, such as they are, will not last forever.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Unclear on a financial agreement or pre-nup. But can I say it seems a little sexist to knock her looks and suggest this is purely a match made for money.  Neal is no spring chicken himself, they've known each other for 16 years, and seem very happy together. 

– October 17, 2012 12:12 PM
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Journey

I was touched by the Neil Schon proposal to Missy Salahi. These kids seem perfect for each other. Especially the part about proposing right before going into Faithfully. But curious, did he use the same song with his four prior marriages?
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Roxanne Roberts :

I didn't keep track of his other proposals. But maybe Michaele is Annette Benning to his Warren Beatty. You never know.

– October 17, 2012 12:14 PM
Q.

Led Zeppelin

"Seems pretty unlikely" just doesn't have the pop of "clown question, bro" does it? But on the other hand, did anyone ever admire Led Zeppelin lyrics?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, I don't know. If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. That's poetry.

– October 17, 2012 12:14 PM
Q.

Binders Of Women

If Mitt Romney has a "binder of women", what did Will Chamberlain have?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Ha. A rental storage unit, I guess.

– October 17, 2012 12:14 PM
Q.

Armstrong

I'm starting to worry my yellow LiveStrong bracelet is no longer stylish. How long until it goes from inspiring to hipster-ironic?

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Amy Argetsinger :

Put it away for a year, and then try it. But you'd need to accessorize it with something else that would be appropriately raffish-ironic -- I'm trying to think what. . .

– October 17, 2012 12:16 PM
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Oprah in DC

I saw in your item about Oprah that she was in town taping something with a local military family. On Oct. 5th I was on a Southwest flight out of BWI when the flight attendent announced that one of the passengers was on her way to LA to attend a taping with Oprah. Unfortunately all the FA said was that the lady was wearing a green sweater and I couldn't see her/talk to her from where I was sitting.
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Amy Argetsinger :

That's kind of a hilarious claim to fame to announce to the whole plane, isn't it?

– October 17, 2012 12:16 PM
Q.

Michaele's photo

I haven't seen any pictures of her until the one you shared. She does look different in a plastic way. Schon's probably paid for her to have work done.
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Roxanne Roberts :

I'm not good at this, but I don't think so. I saw her last month and she looked the same to me. But, like I said, I'm not good at this unless it's a really bad facelift. 

– October 17, 2012 12:17 PM
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Michaele Salahi

What I meant was, she looks like she's had work done on her face. A lot of work. And no, I'm not saying that because she's a woman. If she were a man and looked as though she'd had work done, I would still comment on it.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Hard to say: She always wears a lot of makeup.

– October 17, 2012 12:17 PM
Q.

so i spent all yesterday morning thinking it was Wednesday

and was sadder that there was no chat at noon than I was that there were so many days left in the week.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Ooohhhh. That so sweet....in kind of a sad way.

– October 17, 2012 12:18 PM
Q.

nomination

J. Lo - next ambassador to Azerbaijan. She's come a long way from the block.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Good story -- I meant to link to this the other day, but it was already getting more traffic than we do in a week. J.Lo sold out an arena in Azerbaijan, which basically is a symbol of how Azerbaijan has become the Western-friendly Muslim alternative to its neighbor Iran.

– October 17, 2012 12:18 PM
Q.

A Ben Affleck movie worth checking out

Several years back, Affleck starred in a picture called "Hollywoodland" in which he played the doomed George Reeves, who starred in the 1950s Superman TV series and whose death (was it suicide, or murder) has long been a puzzle. It was a very nuanced portrait.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Been meaning to see that.

– October 17, 2012 12:19 PM
Q.

Poor Tareq

Publicity of the Schon/Salahi engagement – (future governor) Tareq must be able to sue somebody over this, right?
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Roxanne Roberts :

I think there is a clear winner in this split -- and it's not Tareq. I mentioned to Amy that Michaele's life has been incident-free since reconnecting with Neal.

– October 17, 2012 12:19 PM
Q.

Taken 2

I enjoyed it, but thought it could have used more wolves.
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Amy Argetsinger :

I thought it could have used some more killing in the first 20 minutes, and some more whispery threats. Also: More narrative plausibility.

– October 17, 2012 12:22 PM
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Spector

Now that Arlen Specter is dead, there is no chance we ever find out what the Warren Commission was hiding, right? Richard Belzer needs to investigate this.

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Amy Argetsinger :

Good point. I was actually thinking it would have been fun to go see "Argo" with Belzer.

– October 17, 2012 12:23 PM
Q.

Anderson

Anderson Cooper -- how tall is he?

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Amy Argetsinger :

The Internet tells me Anderson Cooper is 5'10''. That work for you?

– October 17, 2012 12:24 PM
Q.

re: binders of women

It's not the size of the binder, it's the number of pages inside.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Or the number of page tabs?

– October 17, 2012 12:24 PM
Q.

Bob Schieiffer

I am fascinated by adding peanuts or salt to Coca Cola. Ever try it? What is the proper soda-to-salt ratio?
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Amy Argetsinger :

I can't believe an entire week has gone by and I still haven't tried this. Kind of makes me wonder what I'm even doing with my life. Maybe today. BTW, if you happen to know the proper ratio, let me know -- maybe that's what's holding me back.

– October 17, 2012 12:25 PM
Q.

Binders of Women

Hey, where can I get one of those binders of women?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Staples. Mitt started the company just because of those binders. 

– October 17, 2012 12:25 PM
Q.

Palin Book

What another one? Hasnt there been one too many Palin books
A.
Amy Argetsinger :

Well, this is the first book about Sarah Palin written by her father and brother, Chuck Heath Sr. and Jr. So it will probably blow the world of Sarah Palin scholarship wide open.

– October 17, 2012 12:27 PM
Q.

Paul Ryan

If elected, would he be the first elected president of vice president photographed wearing a backwards baseball cap? And what does that mean for America?
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Roxanne Roberts :

That the collective intelligence has dropped. My 20-year-old son wears it that way just to mess with me. Hate it. HATE it. Makes him look  like an idiot.

– October 17, 2012 12:27 PM
Q.

Michaele

I don't think she looks like she's had work done. She's wearing a lighter color than we usually see her in and looks more naturally made up than usual too. Someone must've finally told her that less is more in the makeup area!
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Roxanne Roberts :

There you go.

– October 17, 2012 12:27 PM
Q.

Salahi

How did her rehab for MS go? She cured?
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Roxanne Roberts :

She did not mention that to me.

– October 17, 2012 12:28 PM
Q.

Thanks to Roxanne

There's no need to post this. Just wanted to say thanks to Roxanne for having the courage to write the piece published in the Post back in 1996. Gene Weingarten linked to it yesterday in response to a question he received.
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Amy Argetsinger :

And here's another link to it for anyone who's looking. Very fine story, and it's left a mark on a lot of readers: The Legacy: Suicide is desperate. It is hostile. It is tragic. But mostly, it is a bloody mess, 5/19/96

– October 17, 2012 12:28 PM
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The perfect couple?

Affleck and Garner always struck me as two sides of the same acting coin--too self-aware to really disappear into a part. That may make them mediocre actors, but also seems to signal a pretty solid intelligence, too. Which is why it might not be so surprising that Affleck is a solid director.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Interesting theory, although Meryl Streep always struck me as fiercely smart and she has no trouble becoming the character.

– October 17, 2012 12:30 PM
Q.

The Friday Night Lights slogan

So, why won't the Romney campaign stop using this, when they've been asked by Peter Berg, the show's creator/producer?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Don't know. Unlike songs, it's very hard to lay legal claim to a catchphrase, unless you've trademarked it or something. And it's a great catchphrase.

– October 17, 2012 12:31 PM
Q.

Bad Planning

While I feel bad for the Meridian folks who scheduled their party the same time as the Nationals-Cardinals game five, I just realized I scheduled a party at my home Saturday night, the exact same time Train is playing GW. Should I be worried?
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Amy Argetsinger :

I think you just need to re-brand your party as an unaffiliated Howard Homecoming bash (like the one Drake is doing at The Park) - slash - Train afterparty.

– October 17, 2012 12:33 PM
Q.

Dinesh D'Souza

Was that karma for the propaganda film he made
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Amy Argetsinger :
– October 17, 2012 12:33 PM
Q.

Tony Mendez

Loved how he said that, when he went to the Argo screening, he was still sort of shocked to see himself as a 30 foot tall Ben Affleck. The guy must have had nerves of titanium to pull off that extraction of U.S. diplomats.
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Amy Argetsinger :

The amazing thing about meeting these real-life spies is that they're so modest and unassuming. I think that plays a whole lot better in the field than swagger, actually.

– October 17, 2012 12:34 PM
Q.

RE: Ben Affleck

My mom saw Argo this past weekend and highly recommended it to me. She says it should probably receive early Oscar consideration. She has always thought Ben Affleck was adorable, so she is a little biased though.
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Amy Argetsinger :

You can walk into this movie with negative feelings about Ben Affleck and still be impressed.

– October 17, 2012 12:35 PM
Q.

Salt in the Coca Cola

Once in awhile I put in a pinch of the stuff--but that's mostly because I don't want so much carbonation in my drink, and the salt helps to flatten it a little. Such a small amount has no real effect on the taste for me.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Intriguing.

– October 17, 2012 12:35 PM
Q.

peanuts in your coke

OK, from my sadly long ago childhood: you'd get a 10 cent package of Lance peanuts and pour them into your ten cent, 12 oz coke bottle (and this was a time when purists insisted that the 8 oz original glass bottle had more flavor). Work out the ratio: about 1/4 cup of peanuts in the bottle? I always thought it was disgusting, but it had plenty of fans in the day.
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Roxanne Roberts :

I grew up in the upper Midwest. Never heard of this until last week.

– October 17, 2012 12:37 PM
Q.

Norah O'Donnell

Now that NBC's Today is becoming the Ryan Seacrest show I have been watching the CBS Morning News, which Norah O'Donnell is now co-hosting. Has she moved to NY? Isn't her Chef husband tied to DC because of his restaurants, or is he taking on NY too? Don't they have a passel of kids?
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Amy Argetsinger :

I think she's just traveling like a maniac, but I'm not sure. Yes, she and Chef Geoff, the restaurateur/speed-cam activist, have three kids.

– October 17, 2012 12:37 PM
Q.

Salahi

Now that she is has moved on from Tareq and DC, when can we expect a tell all book about what really was going on for the WH crash and Real Housewives?
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Amy Argetsinger :

I don't see it happening. Call us naive, but we think she's bent on moving on from all that. But you know, those kids are full of surprises.

– October 17, 2012 12:38 PM
Q.

Livestrong bracelets

Became ironic a couple of years ago with WristStrong. That and Silly Bandz.
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Roxanne Roberts :

All of these have a pretty short shelf life.

– October 17, 2012 12:38 PM
Q.

Prince Charles

What makes this clown think he should have any privacy, no matter what role he claims to be taking while writing letters? His whole life is living on the dole, gaining millions of dollars of British taxes based on his birthright. Privacy should not exist for these guys.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Don't be so delicate -- what do you really think? No, seriously, I was amused by the logic here: We're not going to let you see these letters because they're too outspoken, and they might cause you to lose faith in the neutrality of your future king.

– October 17, 2012 12:39 PM
Q.

"blow the world of Sarah Palin scholarship wide open"

I just spewed water at my monitor! Hilarious!
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Amy Argetsinger :

Here's a paper towel.

– October 17, 2012 12:39 PM
Q.

Re: It's not the size of the binder, it's the number of pages inside.

That's not true. We all know bigger binders can accommodate more women.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Do they have page protectors? 

– October 17, 2012 12:42 PM
Q.

Peanuts again

OK, Amy, you sophisticate! you grew up where people drank "soda" --this is ONLY done where people call everything coke--as in RC co-cola. Far, far, south of the mason dixon line. Think cotton, kudzu, and life pre-7-11. Bob Schieffer bought these at the nearest gas station. Or the corner store, which had a cooler full of coke.
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Amy Argetsinger :

I feel like you're condescending to me because I haven't yet tried salt in Coke -- which sounds amazing, actually. 

– October 17, 2012 12:44 PM
Q.

royals, bitter chatter

is it the same chatter who writes in every chat that the royals are mentioned and goes on a mini-rant about how they are living on the British public dole and are therefore monsters, or are there multiple? I don't really see why anyone in the US would get so incensed, and there is some pretty strong vitriol in those posts...
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Amy Argetsinger :

That's the beauty of this chat -- we really have no idea. Well, sometimes we have some idea. But only a hunch.

– October 17, 2012 12:45 PM
Q.

Chef Geoff

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Amy Argetsinger :

Thanks. So yes, she's traveling like a maniac, but next year they'll start spending part of their time in NYC.

– October 17, 2012 12:47 PM
Q.

Makes him look like an idiot

One of my favorite photos is at a baseball game, a spectator is wearing his team cap backwards, and he has a hand over his forehead to shield his face from the sun.
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Amy Argetsinger :

That's amusing.

– October 17, 2012 12:47 PM
Q.

Prince Charles's millions

Just want to point out that even without the state subsidy, Charles and his family would still be doggoned affluent. After all, you can run up a pretty tidy sum when your forebears got into the King and Queen of Great Britain business back in the early 18th Century.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Exactly. It's also smart to remember royalty is a family business.

– October 17, 2012 12:47 PM
Q.

Sarah Palin

Wow, did Sarah Palin ever looked ticked off last night when Bristol was cut from "Dancing with the Stars"! That tight little forced smile through gritted teeth was most unconvincing. No doubt we'll all be treated to Sarah tweeting or blogging or whatever about the unfairness of it all in 3, 2, 1... (let's just hope she doesn't deem this a blood libel, too).
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Amy Argetsinger :
– October 17, 2012 12:50 PM
Q.

Palin book written by the Heaths

Is there a Mack Heath in that family? If so, I think we know who Sukey Tawdry really was.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Is that what he's saying in the song? I could never make out that name.

– October 17, 2012 12:52 PM
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Would have been hipsterish

If Mitt used Trapper Keepers for his binders.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Actually, that sounds life the punchline of a dirty joke.

– October 17, 2012 12:54 PM
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Missy v Tareq

How did Tareq and Missy divide up all the debts to stores, caterers, and limo drivers from being deadbeats over the years as part of the divorce?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Complicated math hurts my head.

– October 17, 2012 12:55 PM
Q.

Dinesh D'Souza

Will his voice ever change, or will he always be a boy alto?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Had never heard his voice before just now, but it is youthful.

– October 17, 2012 1:00 PM
Q.

Michelle O and Ann R

Noticed they had the exact same color on last night at the debate, coincidence or on purpose? Thought it a little odd myself
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Amy Argetsinger :
– October 17, 2012 1:02 PM
Q.

Still talking about Salahis years later!

I stopped reading your chat because it reached a new level of annoying with all the talk about the Salahis. Glad to see that when I decided to check back YEARS later you all are still stuck on them. Geeze, get over yourselves for that stupid white house crashing story.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Sorry to have lost you before and glad you came back. Some chatters share your disdain -- others can't get enough of this ongoing saga. Honestly, we don't make these stories up:  Michaele made news when she ran off with Neal, showed up at the GOP convention, and now got engaged. We try to offer plenty of other items for your  reading and chatting pleasure, so I hope you decide to stay. But thanks for writing.

– October 17, 2012 1:02 PM
Q.

Peanuts in Coke

Roxanne, You've never heard of salted Coke because Minnesotans call it "pop." Ski-U-Mah.
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Roxanne Roberts :

"Pop" is exactly right. When I moved to New York I thought soda was soda water.

– October 17, 2012 1:03 PM
Q.

This election year is boring!

There hasn't been a single juicy sex scandal! Where is a Mark Foley or David Vitter when you need them?
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Amy Argetsinger :

You're right, it's been sadly quiet on that front . . . Of course, the Vitter scandal wasn't an election year thing. So it's perfectly fine if these things break in the post-season.

– October 17, 2012 1:03 PM
Q.

Re: Salahis

I can't believe you are still talking about these people. I get that breaking the white house crashing story was clearly the pinnacle of your careers but you've really reached a new low. Seriously, it has been years and your obession with this one time national story of yours is pathetic.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Wait -- is it a pinnacle or a low?

– October 17, 2012 1:06 PM
Q.

Still Talking about The Salahis years later...get over yourself

No, dear, you get over yourself first.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Well, they're entitled to their opinion. Pathetic, perhaps, but in terms of readership, the engagement was our biggest story in almost a month. So someone out there is still riveted.

– October 17, 2012 1:11 PM
Q.

Plenty of other entertainment outlets cover the Salahis

so please quit beating up Roxanne and Amy! Moreover, they did a public service by uncovering the weaknesses in the White House's security when the Salahis snuck into the dinner way back then. They are not my favorite subject either, but geez, I don't get why you would get your panties in a bunch reading about them every so often!
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Amy Argetsinger :

The Salahis strike a nerve with a lot of people. They can't help but click on those stories, but then they hate themselves for doing so, and then take it out on us. That's how it goes. I'm fine with it.

– October 17, 2012 1:12 PM
Q.

"so i spent all yesterday morning thinking it was Wednesday... and was sadder that there was no chat at noon than I was that there were so many days left in the week"

Things could be worse, bunky. What if it were Thursday and you realized you'd already missed this week's chat, and you had one day fewer (rather than one day more) to get your work done this week? All better now?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Glass half full! See, we're like a gossip-enabled support group, without the arrests or court-mandated treatment. All together now: Awwwww. Group hug.

Chatters: Time for us to hit the phones for tomorrow's column. Send your sightings, tips and ideas to reliablesource@washpost.com. Come back next week, everyone --even you, the one who kinda hates the Salahis. Cheers!

 

– October 17, 2012 1:13 PM
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