Like all good blogs, media outlets, YouTube celebrities and list makers, we’ve jumped on the bandwagon and decided to take a look back at 2012. It was a big year for us; new look, new writers, more parties, more ducks, same great features, our always amazing readers and, of course, the best city to live and work in made these past 12 months an adventure. Here’s the FamousDC Top 20 in 2012:

February 7, 2012: We said good bye to some old friends.

Sue Myrick: Often Imitated, but Never Duplicated

Rachel Weiner: N.C. Republican Rep. Sue Myrick retiring

And now let’s watch the greatest House floor speech of all time:

February 26, 2012: Pollywood stepped up its game.

FamousDC Political Academy Awards

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. No, not FebruANY…Oscar season. But speaking of six inchers, we decided to take a page out of Anthony Weiner’s playbook and whip it out…It being our take on the Political Academy Awards. Because if Hollywood and Washington share anything, it’s our mutual desire to self-congratulate.

So, we asked ourselves: what if Old Man Oscar gave some golden love to the political animals that pay our rent and drive us crazy? Just like the real Oscars, you’ll see some old favorites and some rising stars. And while there’s no big musical number (except for Kotecki who hooked us up), there will be some witty dialogue and perhaps some surprises.

To keep things interesting, we’re only revealing the nominees. The last thing this city needs is more reason to inflate a could be winner’s ego.

Category: Best Actor or Actress in a Leading Role

The Nominees:

  • Herman Cain, for “Grandstand and Deliver” one man’s journey in and out of politics in 30 minutes or less.
  • Rick Perry, for “Dude, Where’s My Crib Sheet?”, an unforgettable tale of debates, prep sessions and…and…uh…
  • Mary Landrieu in “Sea Biscuits and Gravy,” why eating horse is gross.
  • John McCain, “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Mitt”, a story of rivals turned frenemies.
  • Michele Bachmann for “I Peaked Too Early: the Michelle Bachmann Story.”
  • Newt Gingrich, for “Prince of Tides”, the true story of one man’s quest to rule the moon.
  • Nancy Pelosi for “Evita 2: Don’t Cry for Me West Covina”, one woman’s struggle to overcome the side effects of the minority.

The full list of nominees.

April 17, 2012: The Discovery made us all want to be astronauts again.

Discovery Buzzes DC

The Perfect Approach by Ryan Howell

Perfect Approach by Ryan Howell

See all of the photos of the Discovery.

April 23, 2012: ABC goes where no man has gone before.

ABC Ventures Into the RNC War Room [Video]

Jake Tapper, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham venture into the RNC War Room and come out alive.

Our favorite line: Jake Tapper to Sean Spicer: “It’s like North Korea in here.”

Original post via Yahoo.

May 29, 2012: Canon Gets Crazy.

Some Cannon Staffers Must Have Had a Rowdy Weekend

Spotted in the courtyard area in the center of the Cannon complex. We’re told the chair leg is broken and out for the remainder of the session.

June 11, 2012: We found out photographers can get up close and personal. Really personal.

Suspect Photographer

P.S. if you’re a photographer submit to our Flickr group, also launched in 2012.

July 2, 2012: Interns are still….interns.

Call Me Maybe – Rep. Loretta Sanchez 2012 Summer Intern Project

Where is the cat?!?

June 27, 2012: Summer in DC is always a blast.

One Thing To Do in DC This Summer

New to DC this Summer?

Recently, FamousDC was asked “What is one thing I should do this summer?” by a DC newcomer.

We decided to open it up and ask some true Washingtonians for their recommendations. We couldn’t come up with just one thing as there’s nothing quite like a DC summer filled with brunches, paddleboats, rooftops and recess.

  • Protest your favorite SCOTUS ruling on the steps of the court. -Erica Elliott
  • Get a sandwich at the Italian Store in Arlington. -Jon Robilotto
  • Organize a screening of The Fast and The Furious on the White House lawn. -Caroline Wren

Read the full list.

July 1, 2012: Sh*t happens when the SEC comes to Capitol Hill.

SEC on Capitol Hill

And this is what happens when a Mississippi State University van parks on Capitol Hill for a few hours.

SEC trash talk on Capitol Hill

So in a matter of hours, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss talked trash by posting notes on a parked school van.

Nothing from the UGA, Florida or Tennessee. We’re looking at you Ms. Rogers and Mr. Andres.

 July 31, 2012: She said yes. (and we were lucky enough to celebrate with you).

Famously Engaged: Ed Mullen and Erin Book

Erin Book and Ed Mullen

Some things are worth waiting for: the wrap line at Longworth cafeteria, a table at Rasika, and the love of your life.

So after a relationship spanning a couple years, no two Beltway residents are happier than Ed Mullen and Erin Book, who were engaged last night.

Congratulations to Ed and Erin from the team at FamousDC!

August 2, 2012: A little face lift never hurt anyone.

Our Look Was Dated, So We Got Some New Threads

Thanks to the talented and energetic crew over at NJI Media, we hit the refresh button on FamousDC today.

And we think it looks pretty snazzy.

August 8, 2012: DC became a baseball town.

FamousDC’s Top 10 Favorite Things About the Nationals

The division leading Washington Nationals are on a tear and DC is rallying around the winning sports team. Over here at FamousDC, we thought it would be fun to list just a few of our favorite things about the Nats.

Read the full list.

August 13, 2012: We got an inside look at Mitt’s VP pick.

Breaking: Paul Ryan’s Email Hacked

The last few days have been a whirlwind for V.P. candidate Paul Ryan. Check out his Gmail inbox.

Please note: This is a spoof and not intended to be taken seriously. Seriously.

September 5, 2012: The best part of the DNC.

Charlotte Traffic Cop Shakin’ That Thang

With all the traffic in Uptown Charlotte for the DNC Convention this week, William Cooley from Georgia’s Clayton County Sheriff’s department directs with his own flair. h/t Tanner Latham


September 26, 2012: Some things in DC never change.

People Who Enjoy the DC Metro

And everything else about the district’s public transportation.

October 11, 2012: The Fourth Estate Took Over.

FamousDC’s 2012 Media Ticket

Fellow Americans, it has been four years since our last election. In those four years our country has experienced great highs; the death of the Osama bin Laden, the premiere of Glee, the rollout of the new Congress.gov and the Nats making it into playoffs. But we have also experienced the lowest of lows; the Salahi divorce, NFL replacement officials, the closing of the Hawk and Dove, Cap Lounge burning down [again] and Metro’s continued single tracking.

As November approaches, we’re often reminded that nothing is more vital to the future of our country than who we elect into office. So while the campaign rhetoric heats up these next few weeks, ask yourself: Are politicians really the best suited to straighten out our country? Or can we do better? What if instead of electing politicians, we allowed the Fourth Estate to run the country? The people who know more about the political process than those actually running for office.

Without further ado, we present to you the 2012 FamousDC Media Ticket:

President: Rick Klein, ABC News

President-elect Klein has the Ivy League pedigree that Americans expect in the Oval Office. And he will be elected into office based on his simple promise to America: baseball card designs should go back to the simpler designs of the 80s. Instead of ruling the country by following polls and listening to cable news pundits, President Klein will base all economic decisions on the monthly prices published in the Beckett magazine. A father of two and a supporter of the arts, he will lead America back to greatness. The United States of America can be Topps again and our potential will finally reach the Upper Deck.

President Klein is a Yankees fan. Yankees win. Winner.

Read the full ticket.

October 13, 2012: The Nats were great, but really it was all about Teddy.

Teddy Hangs Up His Cleats

Teddy Leaving Nationals to Spend More Time with Family

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2012 – Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. – Following the Washington Nationals tragic loss to the evil St. Louis Cardinals, Teddy has announced his retirement from the team.

Read the full release.

October 26, 2012: Sandy hit us all.

Top 10 Storm Tips #Sandy

  • Never use a generator inside the house – unless it’s not your house.
  • Be sure to buy a dozen 24-packs of bottled water before noon today.
  • Sandbags don’t actually work, so save yourself the trouble.
  • Have the power company’s phone number handy. [This tip does not apply if you live in DC.]

Read the full list.

November 2, 2012: FamousDC added some new writers and a few new columns.

Feasting Famously: Tucker Carlson
By the Hungry Lobbyist

Some might know Tucker Carlson as the conservative knight in pastel bow-tie armor who battled the fire-breathing Ragin’ Cajun’ himself, James Carville, when they co-hosted CNN’s Crossfire. Others know him for his political commentary on networks such as MSNBC, and still ongoing, Fox News. However most recently, people will likely think of his wildly successful online journalism effort in launching The Daily Caller, a political news website reported to easily average over one million visitors every month.

Read the full interview.

November 16, 2012: We partied harder in 2012.

Polls Closed, Taps Open: We Partied Like It’s Post-Election

Last night FamousDC threw an amazing post-election bash, complete with plenty of lame duckies on all the tables, for everyone to let loose after the past, election stressed-filled weeks.

Polls Closed, Taps Open Happy Hour

See all the photos.

Thanks for helping us make 2012 amazing. We’re looking forward to spending 2013 with you.