Two more articles from the weekend...
The first from People.com
News: How the Obamas Made Washington Hot!
By Karen J. Quan
Originally posted Sunday June 14, 2009 11:45 AM EDT
There's a new couple in the White House and seemingly overnight our nation's capital – a town known for filibusters, not fun – is suddenly a magnet for Hollywood starlets, reality TV shows and high-profile idealists wanting to get in on a little high-minded action. Here's a look at some of those beguiled by the Beltway:
Dating in the D.C.
After splitting from The Office nice guy John Krasinski, Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones, 33, has been hanging with President Obama's 28-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau. "It's not serious," a source reveals, but they are an item.
Article was x-posted at The Huffington Post: Starlets Dating Administration Members...
The second a link-heavy one from The Examiner
A&E: Rashida Jones and Obama speechwriter "not serious?"
Folks are trying to figure out what's really going on between Rashida Jones of NBC's "Parks & Recreation" and President Obama's 28-year-old heartthrob speechwriter Jon Favreau.
The two have been spending a substantial amount of time together since at least May 8, when "a tipster" for the Web site BestWeekEverTV supposedly spotted them hanging out at a bar near Georgetown and "attached at the hip all evening, until they starting making out with each other at the bar."
The next day, the actress was Favreau's date at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
The pairing comes on the heels of Jones' breakup with actor John Krasinski, who played her boyfriend during a stint on NBC's "The Office" (He's now dating "The Devil Wears Prada" actress Emily Blunt.); and Favreau's apparent split with Maxim model Ali Campoverdi.
“For Rashida, her romance with Jon couldn’t have come at a better time," said another unnamed source to the National Enquirer. "She was miserable after breaking up with John. And it really hurt for her to see him dive into a love affair with Emily soon afterward.”
About a month after their WHCD date, Politico.com's Patrick Gavin reported that Jones and Favreau attended the June 1 launch party for Richard Wolffe's Obama book "Renegade" at Cafe Atlantico.
Today (June 14), People magazine posted a "Rashideau" update on its Web site quoting still another "unnamed source" who said the two are indeed an item, but "it's not serious."
Jones is the 33-year-old daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, best known for her role as Julie Barnes on TV's "The Mod Squad" (1968-1873). She most recently starred on the big screen in "I Love You Man."
In 2009, Favreau became the second youngest person ever to become the White House Director of Speechwriting. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross as valedictorian, he was hired to collect talk radio news clips for John Kerry's Presidential campaign in 2004. There, the Winchester, Mass. native was eventually promoted to the role of Deputy Speechwriter. In 2005, he was hired as a speechwriter for then-Sen. Barack Obama on a referral from Robert Gibbs. When Obama decided to run for President, Favreau was right there on the campaign trail, putting himself in position for his historic appointment to the White House last November.
For more info:
The Guardian article about Jon Favreau
Clip of Peggy Lipton in "The Mod Squad" [her Mom was so beautiful!]
Review of "I Love You Man" from DC's Film & TV Examiner Austin O'Connor
Rashida on Craig Ferguson 2009.03.18
06/03 - The Word IX
05/22 - News & Rumors: Rashida's lovelife
05/11 - Misc: Favreau sightings, Portman pics & more
05/10 - Appearances: White House Correspondents' Assoc. Dinner