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Good morning, City Desk readers. It’s cold!

Did you go to Washington City Paper‘s first-ever Tweetup last night? I didn’t. But I hear it was the #besttweetupever. It had to be because @MikeRiggs, formerly of “Freedom Friday” roundup fame, was there, and he was giving out hugs. Did you get one?

A couple of newsworthy things going on: Barack Obama has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for waging a good war, Harry Reid has likened opponents of the Democrats’ health care reform bill to supporters of slavery, and—now for the big one— GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS HAS BECOME THE NEW DIANE SAWYER! He’s going to be whipping up souffles as the new co-anchor of Good Morning America! Good morning, America, indeed!

Now, I’m really excited about this (not true), even though I don’t watch Good Morning America (true) or the show he’s leaving, This Week (also true). But frankly, I’m a little concerned for George (very, very true). Yes, he’s served as top political strategist to a president of the United States and, yes, he’s interviewed secretaries of state and foreign dignitaries. But can he handle sitting on the couch with a mystery man who donated sperm three times while he was dating the future mother of octuplets who might secretly be those octuplets’ father?

Good Morning America viewers seem to think not. The story on GMA’s Web site about Stephanopoulos’ appointment prompted some 477 comments as of this morning, 476 of which said some version of the following:

-Has the management of ABC lost their minds. G.S. is a liberal prick moron and brings nothing to the show. What a termible mix and burden to place on Robin Roberts. Anyone looking for a reason to change channels just got it

-BIG MISTAKE TO NAME STEPHANO to this position. He snitched on Clinton and he just doesn’t cut it. If they wanted more toughness, they should have named anyone other than him.

-George- really???? You’re just kidding right????!!!! Ugghhhhhh……

-I have watched GMA since the days of Charlie Gibson, there have been alot of ups and downs with the anchors over the past 20 + years……..now I will stop watching because of GS…….didn’t like him in the White House and I certainly don’t want him in my home every morning.

-Any way to get Joan Lunden back?

-Hey, they should have had Tiger with kate and 8….!!!!

-Please Please leave George in DC.

My prediction: Once he puts on that apron, everyone’s gonna love him!

A final note on this chilly morning: Did you know the average American consumes 34 GB of data, via some 100,000 words, a day (only slightly less than the number of calories the average American consumes a day)? This roundup counts toward that total, even if you didn’t read all the way to the end.

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