- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Was it the blue-plate special or a bipartisan combo? The pairing of President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got much play in the press after they appeared together Tuesday on behalf of the Garden State’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy — urging the public to venture to the seashore, spend money and enjoy themselves. Among the cuddly new designations for president and governor:

“The political odd couple” (Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, The Associated Press), “bromance” (The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor), “love-in” (The Weekly Standard), “just a couple of guys on a boardwalk” (USA Today).

Chris Christie,” meanwhile, has taken on a new definition, thanks to Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, who delivered his party’s most recent weekly address, with careful focus on the deadly tornado that struck his state last week.

“I intended to thank the schoolteachers, police officers and other citizens of Oklahoma who helped the victims of the tragedy. But I made clear I was not going to use the name ‘Barack Obama’ in any way,” Mr. Inhofe told Newsmax in the aftermath.


He recalled that the cordial relationship between the president and Mr. Christie following Superstorm Sandy was a boon to Democrats during the presidential race.

“I was not going to let the White House pull a ‘Chris Christie‘ on me,” Mr. Inhofe observed.

IF IT’S WEDNESDAY

Yes, if it’s midweek, there must be a fundraiser somewhere. Indeed. President Obama journeys to Chicago on Wednesday for a pair of big-money events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, one at a swanky hotel, the other at a private residence. Of note: Ticket prices range from $1,000 to (drum roll please) $50,000.

THE MULTITASKING O'REILLY

Strategic alliances and hybrid partnerships are many in the news media these days. Witness Bill O'Reilly, who has joined up with National Geographic to produce “Killing Kennedy,” a film project based on the Fox News host’s best-selling book of the same name. It will air in autumn, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, deemed a “daring, culturally significant television event” by National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens.

On tap to play Kennedy: that would be Rob Lowe, who once starred in NBC’s left-leaning prime time show “The West Wing” and who some observers say now leans conservative. But no matter.

Mr. O'Reilly — age 63 and already the author of 15 other books — has proven himself a viable storyteller of factual drama. National Geographic transformed “Killing Lincoln,” another of his books, and broadcast it three months ago before 3.4 million viewers, a record for the network. Next up: the adaptation of yet another upcoming O'Reilly work, “Killing Jesus,” to be published in September.

A fellow broadcaster marveled over Mr. O'Reilly’s many hats and compared him to another prolific author.

“I feel like Stephen King looks at you and says, ‘Slow down buddy.’ You reproduce books like you’re using a mold,” Comedy Central host Jon Stewart recently told him.

“They just keep coming,” Mr. O'Reilly replied.

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