(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Did you see Hu was at the White House last night?
BE: Wright? David Wright, the baseball player?
JB: No, Hu.
BE: That's what I asked!
JB: I'm talking about Chinese President Hu Jintao! He was the honored guest at a state dinner last night.
BE: Those always include a lot of famous people. What else?
BE: And I'll bet it was good chow. It was a state dinner.
JB: No, no. Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary.
BE: Ah. But, seriously, how was the chow?
JB: Are you asking about Energy Secretary Steven Chao? He was there too.
BE: OK, forget the food, tell me more about the guests. Who else?
BE: I am asking!
JB: Axe was there! Presidential advisor David Axelrod. Axe.
BE: I feel like I'm on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Just tell me the name of a famous guest.
JB: Yo Ma.
BE: Look, I'm getting tired of your smartass responses.
JB: The cellist! Yo Yo Ma!
BE: Let me take a deep breath and start over. Who dined with Hu?
JB: Lots of stars: Olympic skater Michelle Kwan; architect Maya Lin; designer Vera Wang. Oh, and Gov. Christie and Barbra Streisand.
BE: As a couple?
JB: Nah. Christie was probably there to see how to cut costs at state dinners. And Streisand, who knows?
BE: Hu knows her?
JB: I've had it. This is too painful. Yeow.
BE: NBA star Yao Ming was there?
JB: Stop it! Go edit something.