Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

Kerry (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

“Anything is good, as long as there is no celery involved.”

— An aide advising a host what to serve John Kerry at dinner, according to a dispatch by Al Kamen on the eating habits of our new secretary of state.

Gutierrez (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

“Beyonce’s pregnancy, I was on that one. I know exactly who Lil Wayne is. . . Consumer research and consumer insights in marketing is everything.”

— Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, now an advocate for immigration reform, on the pop-culture savvy that he says helped him as a corporate exec.

President Obama arriving at last year’s SOTU. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

“People would say, ‘Gosh, I saw you shaking hands with the president.’ So you had that advantage.”

— Former Rep. Dale E. Kildee explaining the phenomenon of State of the Union squatters: lawmakers who stake out an aisle seat for up to 10 or 12 hours so they can get a moment with POTUS during his televised entrance onto the House floor, reports David Fahrenthold. (Earlier: In 2010, we spoke to Jesse Jackson Jr. and Michele Bachmann about their SOTU squatter skills.)

Looking for today’s Reliable Source? Start here: Rep. Joe Courtney gets lesson in Oscar politics in debate over ‘Lincoln’ accuracy