Federal Diary turns 80; awkward White House lunch; and an inaugural theme (read-this roundup)


80 years young — Happy birthday to the Federal Diary, which turns 80 Thursday — though we think it’s still looking pretty youthful. Our colleague, Joe Davidson, who pens it, recalls in Thursday’s column some of the Diary’s storied history (the Post cost three cents the day it debuted!).

Not a job interview — At the potentially awkward lunch Thursday between President Obama and vanquished former GOP candidate Mitt Romney, here’s one thing we’re pretty sure won’t come up: a job offer. Even though “There has been some speculation among pundits that Obama could offer Romney a role in his administration” possibly at commerce, our colleagues report.

It’s not a party until there’s a theme! — The presidential inauguration’s theme is “Faith in America’s Future.”

Just browsing — Vice President Biden stopped by Washington’s new Costco Thursday morning.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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