Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, in one of his first media appearances. - 

You know that in Washington, DC we like politics. What may surprise you is how much we love pandas.

At the National Zoo, there was my favorite: Rusty, the red panda. And now there's always a long line to see Bao Bao, the baby giant panda. We even have panda related press conferences.

The National Zoo sent an email to donors this morning advertising a "$6,000 VIP Bao Bao Tour package." That'll get you a private, behind-the-scenes tour to meet the giant panda cub, five valet parking passes and admission to a panda-themed cocktail reception.


Washington City Paper has decided we may have hit "peak panda" -- like "peak beard," but it looks more like this:


Baby Bao Bao at the National Zoo. - 


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