Iranians are blocked from using Twitter: Sneed
By Michael Sneed September 27, 2013 7:06PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference at the Millennium Hotel in midtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:49AM
#Hashtag Hell . . .
Twitter twaddle: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may have hit his Twitter account button to describe President Barack Obama’s historic phone call to him before he left town Friday — but the following should be noted:
◆ The kicker: The Iranian people are blocked from using Twitter, which is banned in their country.
Now isn’t that something?
Downtown Blabby . . .
Upstairs/Downstairs: Well, I’ll be gobsmacked! First lady Michelle Obama may be a huge fan of the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey,” but when she arranged a White House tour for members of the ‘Downton’ cast in 2012 — she had the housekeeper conduct it!
◆ This tidbit of info came from a downstairs source, actor Jim Carter who plays the popular ‘Downton’ butler. Carter claims Mrs. Obama is the show’s No. 1 fan.
The Daley schmooze . . .
Vroom gloom: Sneed hears former gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley, who pulled the plug on his candidacy for lackluster enthusiasm on his part — as well as the electorate — also had the brakes put on a request for retired cops to drive Daley on the campaign trail.
◆ To wit: “The request on behalf of Daley for the volunteer police drivers was made by a former Daley bodyguard — and the response was pretty much negative,” according to a police source.
The Di File . . .
The Royal News: The late Princess Diana may not be in attendance at the christening of her only grandson, Prince George — the first child of her son, Prince William and wife, Kate Middleton — but her memory will be present in a slightly morbid way.
◆ Translation: Prince George, who was born this summer, will be christened on Oct. 23 in the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace — where the body of his grandmother, Princess Diana, lay following her death in a car accident in Paris decades ago. It’s where Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were taken to pay their respects before their mother’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
◆ Explanation: Author Penny Junor, Prince William’s biographer, suggested the choice of the Chapel Royal was the prince’s way of including his mother in the ceremony.
Press ‘em . . .
Here’s a new Obama statistic: According to a recent report, at least 20 reporters and editors from mainstream journalism have joined the Obama administration.
◆ The latest jump: Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel, who is the former boss of Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney, was nominated by Obama to be the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.
The Bag Man . . .
Luggage update: President Obama’s former “body man,” Reggie Love, who lugged presidential luggage all over the world during his tenure at the White House before he left to study at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, has now hit the trail to give motivational speeches.
Knot news . . .
Chicago native Sam Kass, a former White House chef who is now helping first lady Michelle Obama raise a healthier generation of kids as executive director of “Let’s Move!” is now engaged to MSNBC newsies Alex Wagner. Kass, who played baseball for the University of Chicago, once worked at the Chicago eateries 312 and Avec.
◆ Oh, yeah, Kass also helped the first lady create her famous White House vegetable garden.
Sneedlings . . .
Party place: Carnivale owners Bill Marovitz and Jerry Kleiner celebrated the eighth anniversary of their Latin eatery Thursday night with a gaggle of celebs including WGN radios Bob Sirott and wife, Marianne Murciano; Mesirow Financial’s Les Coney, the uberman about town, Fox News director Chris Myers, Chicago sculptor Jeff Breslow and Derek Dudley, manager of Chicago rapper Common . . . Congrats to Rachel Caputo and Timothy Carroll on tying the knot Saturday at St. Thecla’s church in Norwood Park… Colleen and Jay Doherty celebrated a twofer. It was Jay’s 60th birthday Saturday and the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary Friday . . . A belated birthday to Fannie Murry, who turned 100 on Sept. 1. . . Saturday’s birthdays: Sarah Beardsley Tetzlaff, ageless; Mira Sorvino, 46; Brigitte Bardot, 79; Hilary Duff, 26 and Janeane Garofalo, 49 . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Sophie Iwaniec, 91; Billy Marovitz, ageless, Jerry Lee Lewis, 78; John Paxson, 53; and Jack Martin, ageless.