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Thanksgiving Talking Points: Snip & Save

Time for the annual family gathering, where it's your job to fill the bitter silences at the dinner table -- and convince the clan you've really made it in D.C. It will be so much easier to impress them now that your smug cousin has lost his big-shot Wall Street job. And yet, you don't want them to think they can crash at your place for the inauguration! So here, once again, are our handy-dandy talking points for you, the consummate too-busy-to-be-bothered Washington insider. (They're not necessarily true, but what does that matter?)

Lawrence Summers (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Financial Crisis

  • "Geithner got Treasury because he plays better with others than Summers, but that's who's really going to run the economic policy shop. Then, if he can keep his foot out of his mouth for a year, he'll be Fed chair."

  • "Paulson's decision to do bank recapitalization instead of asset purchases with the TARP was right on the merits -- but he looked indecisive when he sent mixed signals to Congress for the second $350 billion tranche."

    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • "One word: Plastics."

    Obama Family

  • "Greg Craig pushed for Maret, and Eric Holder's kids go to Georgetown Day, but Sidwell had the girls locked up through the Biden connection."

  • "Right now, I'm vetting soft-coated wheatens, but the smart money is on a goldendoodle."

    Peter Orszag (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

  • "So I finally had to tell him, 'No can do, bro. Michelle will kill me if she finds out you're still bumming cigarettes.' "

    New Stars of Washington

  • "I set Valerie Jarrett up next week with this really sweet guy from Justice. They're perfect for each other."

  • "No, really -- I think Peter Orszag's hair is very ... distinctive."

    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Inaugural Fever

  • "When Hillary said, 'Call if you need anything,' guess she didn't mean tickets to the swearing-in."

  • "Oscar showed us a few sketches, and Narciso asked me to kick around a few ideas, but I told Michelle the inaugural gown is totally up to her."

  • "Mom, we've gone through this a hundred times: The invite for Oprah's party isn't 'plus one' -- and I am not giving you her personal e-mail address. Enough already."

    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Oh, Yeah -- the Republicans

  • "Who knew? Sarah Palin and I are the same size! And some of the clothes still had the tags on. So sweet!"

  • "Laura Bush will get $5 mil for her memoir, Palin about the same. The president? Honestly, he's way too busy to think about writing a book."

  • "I told Stevens years ago: 'Ted, you gotta get rid of that chair.' But did he listen? Noooo."

  • By The Reliable Source  |  November 27, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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    Thank you for your column. Light and definitely non-confrontational . Are we going to hear more about our soon to be First Lady's gown? Probably not so I am looking forward to the Big Day. Michelle Obama is tall and stately and destined to look majestic and I hope the couturier of her choice will design for her a stunning gown. A gown that will reveal her natural grace, beauty and dignity. I see no frou-frou,but a clean line, perhaps an echo from the Givenchy neighbourhood, Definitely romantic though and a little "floaty" with a touch of chiffon. Colour? Something shimmering and pale,not black or red. Roll on January.

    Posted by: elizabeth6 | November 27, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

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