Washington, DC - The news media frothed like spilled champagne on Friday with headlines about Sam Kass' engagement to Alex Wagner. The Obamas' Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, 33, and the MSNBC host, 35, first took their love affair public last April, attending festivities surrounding the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. (Above: Kass and Wagner, in blue, at a WHCA brunch, with actress Marisa Tomei)
Yes, Kass and Wagner are now engaged, a source close to the couple confirmed to Obama Foodorama.
Their romance was widely known in DC after the WHCA weekend, but gained national attention four months later when The Washington Post made it a headline.
By late Friday afternoon, the power couple had their own link on Drudge Report with the headline "MSNBC host to marry White House chef."
The speculation about the engagement began when Wagner, during appearances on her midday show NOW with Alex Wagner, began wearing a diamond ring on her left finger, which BuzzFeed.com dutifully recorded with a series of screengrabs that pointed out the jewel. BuzzFeed also created an animated GIF of the duo, complete with spinning hearts (which happens to use a photo I took of Kass). (Above, one of the screengrabs showing the ring)
Kass, a native of Chicago, has declined to comment on dating Wagner, who grew up in Washington. In July when he was featured in The Hill's annual "50 Most Beautiful People" compilation, Kass listed his relationship status as "private."
Since going to work at the White House in 2009, Kass has been considered one of DC's most eligible bachelors. Still, he's managed to fly largely under the radar. Before Wagner, Kass dated some other lovely high-profile ladies, which went unreported by media outlets.
Wagner is a political analyst for the left-leaning MSNBC and has in the past covered the Let's Move! campaign and cooking at the White House, for MSNBC and before that for AOL's now-defunct Politics Daily. Kass joined his future wife on NOW on Nov. 29, 2011, when her other guests included former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R) and Newark Mayor Corey Booker.
Kass' wedding to Wagner will be the second wedding for the White House chefs since President Obama took office. In April of 2011, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses married his longtime love Charlie Fabella during a ceremony in DC.
Above, Kass and Wagner's Drudge headline is fifth below the banner. Click the photo to enlarge. Drudge considered the story so hot it tweeted the news, in between tweets that read "NBC Launches Week of Programming to Boost Obamacare..." and "Hero of Kenya massacre, and the girl he saved...".
MSNBC host to marry White House chef... http://t.co/iPlFd92YUH
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 27, 2013
*Top photo by Guestofaguest.com, taken at a WHCA brunch at the home of Robert and Elena Allbritton. Wagner screengrab by BuzzFeed.com