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Political Circus: Seinfeld's master of his White House domain

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld said he's clueless as to why he was asked to perform at the White House.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld said he's clueless as to why he was asked to perform at the White House.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jerry Seinfeld discusses his time performing at the White House
  • New poll shows that New Yorkers don't want to have Thanksgiving dinner with Mayor Bloomberg
  • Jersey Shore's Snooki just wants to tan ... with Sen. John McCain

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

Why am I here again?

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld told CBS's David Letterman that performing at the White House during a ceremony to honor Beatles legend Paul McCartney was "the coolest thing I ever did."

"I'm a great admirer of the president, and I'm a crazy Beatles fan, and I just couldn't believe I was going to perform there," he said.

Seinfeld also wondered why he was even invited.

"I don't know why they wanted me there because they had all these big people -- Elvis Costello and Faith Hill. ... It didn't make sense to me."

He added: "I said to Paul McCartney, 'Why am I here?' And he says 'who else are we going to get?'"

From the Twitterverse

Snooki from MTV's "The Jersey Shore" on her withdrawal from tanning:

@Sn00ki #VampireStatus I haven't hit the tannin booth in 4 months, Obama would be proud. Yo Johnny, @SenJohnMcCain wanna get a spray tan with me?

And the winner is ...

Not Bristol Palin. She received her "Dancing with the Stars" fate during Tuesday's show, losing the mirror-ball trophy to "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey.

Some friendly advice

The Hill reports that freshman Republicans are "being urged to re-read the Constitution, carefully deal with the press and become very familiar with congressional ethics rules."

And that advice was laid out in a 144-page guide by incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Some of the advice includes "Don't be afraid to say, 'No'" and "Don't try to learn everything on day one."

They like me! They really like me!

President George W. Bush's new book "Decision Points" sold 1.1 million copies since being released on November 9, according to his publisher The Crown Publishing Group.

Notable Quotable

"It's not business -- it's personal. Most New Yorkers wouldn't want Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg over for Thanksgiving, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds," according to a New York Daily News article.

Headline of the day

AOL News: "Marijuana Activist Whips Up Thanksgiving Pot Recipes"

Pardon me

Apple and Cider -- two California-born turkeys -- got a new lease on life Wednesday when President Obama pardoned them in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

"Now for the record, let me say that I feel pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November," Obama joked.

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Bonding time

From AFP/Getty Images: President Obama smiles at his daughters at the annual pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey.

Late-night laughs

Jimmy Kimmel: "At 2 o'clock this morning, Bristol Palin will be deported back to Alaska to dance exclusively with wolves."

Jimmy Fallon: "Bill Clinton is raising money for charity by auctioning off a private dinner with him and three of your friends. When asked what the cause was, he was like 'cause Hillary's out of town, that's the cause.'"

Jay Leno: "You hear about this? North Korea attacks South Korea for recently firing mortars into their country. ... The United States said today that they are going to step in and try and prevent a border dispute. And because you know when it comes to avoiding problems along the border, oh we're the experts."

CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

 
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