The Names & Faces column incorrectly reported that President Obama and Michelle Obama flew to Chicago on Friday and had a Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday at the Table Fifty-Two restaurant there. That was how they spent last year's Valentine's Day weekend. This past weekend, the first lady and daughters Sasha and Malia went to Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania and then to Camp David on Saturday, and the president joined them there Sunday before the family returned to Washington that evening.
Names & Faces: Valentine's Day for politicians
Pols have hearts, too
Some of Washington's power elite marked Valentine's Day with style. Tucker Carlson, the pundit and editor in chief of the news Web site the Daily Caller, spent the day with his wife at the Hay-Adams Hotel. "Room service, movie. So psyched," he e-mailed Politico.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) celebrated at the Vietnamese Tet festival in Orange County's Little Saigon. Also spotted was fellow Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).
According to her Web site, Sanchez was scheduled to hand out valentines on Sunday to veterans at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach.
Obamas' Valentine's getaway
It was date night for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday at they dined out at the exclusive Chicago restaurant Table Fifty-Two, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The eatery's executive chef is Art Smith, formerly Oprah Winfrey's personal chef. Table Fifty-Two offers Southern-style food, including grits, jambalaya and maple sugar short ribs. Smith also owns Art and Soul restaurant on New Jersey Avenue in Washington. Dining at Table Fifty-Two breaks the Obamas' tradition of celebrating special occasions at Chicago's famed Cafe Spiaggia.
The Obamas flew into Chicago Friday night.
Matalin's true colors
She's a Republican, he's a Democrat. In 1992, he ran Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign. She was a deputy campaign manager for President George H.W. Bush, the guy Clinton beat. They're married now, and Mary Matalin and James Carville agree on one thing: They're both New Orleans Saints fans. Still, it seems Matalin outdoes her husband in this regard. She sleeps in a No. 88 Jeremy Shockey jersey.
Carville fessed up that his wife one-upped him on sportscaster Tony Kornheiser's radio show Friday.
Shockey plays tight end for the Saints and caught a touchdown pass in the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win over the Colts.
Scott Brown's new pad
The Boston Globe reports that Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will rent a six-room condo in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW from former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson. The property is assessed at more than $700,000 and overlooks the U.S. Navy Memorial and the National Archives. Brown and family will stay there until they find a permanent residence. Thompson also owns a large mansion in Virginia worth millions.
The reality of cupcakes
On Friday, TLC announced it plans a new reality series titled "Cupcake Sisters," which will focus on local dessert sensation Georgetown Cupcake. The series will start in July and TLC has ordered six episodes. Starring on the show will be sisters, business partners and Cupcake founders Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, Reuters reports. Georgetown Cupcake opened two years ago in a hole in a wall on Potomac Street, and has since moved to an M Street storefront with a second location in Bethesda.
Madonna, marriage expert
Despite her questionable marriage record, Madonna will be a guest marriage referee on an upcoming NBC show hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, reports the Associated Press. The show, titled "The Marriage Ref," will film the disputes of couples in shaky marriages. Afterward a panel of judges will decide which spouse "won" the fight.
Madonna's marriage to director Guy Ritchie ended in divorce in 2008.
-- Compiled by Timothy R. Smith from wire and Web reports