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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Arianna Huffington, first among equals? Blog empress cuts to front of photo line at White House holiday party

By The Reliable Source

Arianna, you didn't think a bunch of journalists would notice -- and talk? (Jimi Celeste/Sipa)

The pecking order was on vivid display at the White House holiday party for journalists Tuesday night -- when Arianna Huffington cut to the front of the long line waiting to have their picture taken with the president and first lady.

A reporter who was there tells us that about 100 media-types and plus-ones were in the queue, which snaked through a series of antechambers, along a corridor and back up the stairs to the main level, where the festivities were in full force. The statuesque blog empress turned heads as she came down the hallways, stopping to schmooze here and there.

Then jaws dropped when she joined the line just before its final approach to President and Michelle Obama. A staffer lifted a stanchion to let her cut in. Guests standing at that point in the line had already waited 30 or 40 minutes to get there; "she probably had a grand total of a five-minute wait" from there, said the witness.

How's that work exactly? Huffington replied quickly to us via e-mail on Wednesday afternoon. She said she had been scheduled to talk that same evening at the TEDWomen conference (a big-thinkers new-media confab). "I mentioned this to the White House staff and they graciously made it possible for me both to say hello to the President and First Lady and make it to my speech."

By The Reliable Source  | December 8, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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To her credit, she did stand in line earlier in the freezing temperatures along with the rest of us . . . though constantly on the phone.

Posted by: darobin1 | December 8, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

And WaPo considers this NEWSworthy??
Surprised "Breaking" wasn't included in the title.

Posted by: angie12106 | December 9, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you mean to tell me the rich and famous get special treatment from Obama?

Posted by: MagicDog1 | December 9, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Arianna Huffington is a terrible spokesperson for the left. She sounds and acts like a European countess.

Posted by: rs12 | December 9, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

MagicDog1: Only CERTAIN rich and famous folks get the accorded special treatment from Obama. The "hope and change" was just in specifically which rich and famous get the special treatment from the White House.

Posted by: LNER4472 | December 9, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sutter | December 9, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

The rich and famous get into the White House faster. And this is different from the last administration (and the one before that, and...) how?

Posted by: foad1234 | December 9, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

My Christmas wish...that the Washington Post would start covering newsworthy stories from an objective angle Vs being aligned with the US privileged and the US establishment!

The Post could begin with educating each and every American on the cost of our military, the cost of our wars of choice in both lives and treasure. The Post should focus on question America's conventional wisdom of PERMANENT WAR.....and how that is gutting our economy.

The Washington Post....towing the line for the US establishment....but that's what happens when its editors and chief reporters belong to the same country clubs as the establishment they are suppose to keep honest.

This story is a complete waste.

Posted by: go2goal | December 9, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

"The statuesque blog empress" must be someone else. Huffington is the inspiration for the slang term used to describe bloggers -- troll.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 9, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I was just wondering... you people DO realize, don't you, that this is the online adjunct to the gossip and society column? Therefore (a) this kind of story is firmly on the column's beat, and (b) online space is essentially unlimited. The fact that you are even here in order to leave a comment, pretty much obliterates any standing you might have to complain about the triviality of the story.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 9, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I feel for those journalists. Hard-scrabble folks, insulted after somehow making time to schmooze with the President. Imagine having to wait in line to see Obama, then having someone MORE important than you get in faster. Well, if I'd been invited to the White House and that happened, I'd be absolutely outraged! Outraged. Absolutely.

Posted by: jshear | December 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The rich and famous are more important than the rest of us? Shocking newsbreak! Should be on page 1.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 9, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

She had to jump the line before her pancake makeup got cold... but I want to tell you!

Posted by: whocares666 | December 9, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Hellooo, folks! This is the Reliable Source column, not page 1 news. It is a GOSSIP column and doesn't pretend to focus on hard news.

Chill a little bit and if you don't want to read gossip, then don't read the Reliable Source column.


Posted by: UpstateNY1 | December 9, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I guess this is the only way this dumb c*nt can get her name in the papers these days.

Let me say this: There is no f'ing way she would have pulled that stunt if I were there.

Just another example of how this country is churning out nothing but wimps and feminists who are too scared to say/do something about anyone/anything, even as trivial as this.

I love how losers (and yeah, she's a loser with a lot of money left to her by her dead oil-exec hubby) like AH think they're important. If she was that important, why was she in the line with the 'little people' anyway?


Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 9, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

So how much $$$$ has Ariana given to the Democrats? How much positive publicity has she given to Obama in her blog?

Therein lies your answer to the line-cutting. Surely you don't expect the rich and wealthy supporters of the president to stand in the line with mere voters, do you?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 9, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I remember way back when growing up in the 1990's when the washington post wrote news stories. Those where the days, now we got speculation blogs called news. DUUUUUUUUURRRRR DUR DUR idiots

Posted by: MajorFacemask | December 9, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Dahnt ve silly, dahlink. Gza Gza vaits fah nowahn.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | December 9, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

These comments are hilarious.

Posted by: dkp01 | December 9, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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