We need to give Bob Schieffer an Oscar of something. He has been putting on a very brave face in the wake of the whole Katie Couric taking over his job thing. Bob new that this was only a temporary gig, yet in the back of his mind, I’m sure it was hoping that he’d become the permanent face of the CBS Evening News. We think that Bob has gone slightly overboard in his endorsement of Katie Couric. Maybe he received some sort of exit bonus.
“She’s the best thing that ever happened to CBS News,” the 69-year-old Schieffer told me. The 49-year-old Couric grinned an aw-shucks grin and deflected his sweet nothing. “After all,” she said, “it is our first date.”
On hand to witness the close encounter were Barbara Walters, dining two tables away with Tipper Gore and Karenna Gore Schiff; Viacom honcho Tom Freston, hosting his News Corp. counterpart, Peter Chernin, in the center of the dining room; and even Donald Trump spawn Ivanka and Eric, munching toward the back.
“I wanted to get together with her, and Michael’s is one of my favorite places,” Schieffer said afterward. “And I want everybody to know that I wanted Katie to come to CBS.
“We talked about a thousand things, but we really talked about our parents. She is very close to her mother, and I was very close to my mother,” said Schieffer.
Indeed, Couric looked a little wistful and sometimes misty-eyed when not greeting well-wishers.
Bob & Katie – they’re a hit [Lowdown]