- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty honored the 2009 World Team Tennis champions, the Washington Kastles, presenting them with the key to the city yesterday on the steps of the Wilson Building, but well-known WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin says he thinks the mayor is “an embarrassment to the city.”

He’s not referring to falling poll numbers — he’s talking about the mayor’s “downright ugly” tennis game.

During the press conference following the ceremony, the ever-mouthy Mr. P challenged his old pal Mr. Fenty to a tennis match to see if the mayor’s swing is as lousy as people say. While his tennis game may not be up to snuff, Mr. Fenty is regarded as an energetic runner, swimmer and cyclist — so Mr. Plotkin announced that if the mayor took him up on his challenge, he would agree to a race “any time, any place.”

After this exchange, we asked Mr. Plotkin if he was, indeed, serious. “I’ll even spot him his first three games,” he said, to prove his sincerity. “I was willing to play him this afternoon.”

He told us, with tongue firmly in cheek, that if Mr. Fenty wants to honor the first-class Kastles, his game should be at “an acceptable level.”

Ouch! We think the mayor should work on his re-election bid first.

On the move

Now this is a nice problem to have, especially in the fragile journalism market. The popular news Web site the Huffington Post has moved its Washington bureau for the third (yes, third) time in less than a year because it’s outgrown its digs.

Office No. 1 was located at International Square on K Street Northwest. Shortly after last fall’s election, the site relocated again to 1704 R St. NW, a charming 1,900-square-foot town house off in Dupont Circle.

The new home, at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is conveniently located just across from the White House. The space is on the same floor as the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and includes a fantastic rooftop view of the White House and other D.C. landmarks.

Let’s hope the folks stay there awhile; mail service must be getting kind of confused by now.

Remembering the ‘lion’

In honor of the “lion of the Senate,” the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has installed an Andy Warhol silk-screen print of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The artwork was created by the eccentric Mr. Warhol to raise funds for Mr. Kennedy’s failed 1980 presidential run. Acquired by the gallery in 2000, it was hung Thursday in keeping with the gallery’s tradition of displaying images of recently deceased persons in the museum’s collection.

Ladies’ night out

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