Chris Matthews on the set of "Hardball" last year. (Rich Lipski)
President Obama did what millions of Americans do on a beautiful weekend: played golf. In his first game since taking office, the First Duffer (tan shirt, shorts, saddle shoes) joined Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, trade rep Ron Kirk and staffer Marvin Nicholson yesterday at Andrews Air Force Base. His score? Classified.
Chris Matthews paid $3,200 Saturday for "naming rights" in Newt Gingrich's upcoming book. Gingrich donated the chance to name a character for Mount Vernon's annual fundraiser; the MSNBC host was top bidder in the live auction and said he wants a "hero part" for his fictional counterpart.
Anna Deavere Smith will be an artist in residence at ... a Washington think tank? Huh? Oh, now it makes sense: The playwright is coming to the showbiz-friendly Center for American Progress (it has hosted deep-thought confabs with Ryan Gosling and Mike Huckabee) while she researches her new work.