Hu's on First

(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: Who?

JB: Right.

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?

JB: Chao.

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?

JB: Axe.

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.