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November 28, 2013 3:52 PM Holiday Shift At Politico

By Ed Kilgore

I think a lot on holidays like today about the people who have to work, including the hospital staff here at St. Joseph’s. Some are young folk far from family, toting up those overtime shifts. Some actually prefer working on a relatively quiet day. And some feel a calling to comfort people whose holiday has been shocked by an emergency or something worse.

Among us online political journalists, most are on a langorous schedule at most. But at Politico, which never sleeps, somebody has to pull holiday duty, producing articles like this one from Lucy McCalmont:

Thanksgiving dinner at the White House will be heavy on tradition and heavy on pies. For dinner itself, the Obamas will have an assortment of dishes including sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing and — of course — turkey, the White House Press Office said Thursday.
While First Lady Michelle Obama will be happy with the greens, that are also listed on the menu, dessert is a different story. The White House dessert menu boasts nine different pies including the classics: apple pie, pecan pie and the Thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie.

Nice economy of words, Lucy, with just a sprinkling of controversy. I guess Politico has “won” Thanksgiving Day.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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