- Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:56 AM
Despite the first lady’s national health and fitness initiatives, Louis-Dreyfus reports, the White House kitchen does carry ice cream, as evidenced by the accompanying image.
The photo is from a video HBO created starring Louis-Dreyfus and the real-life VP, Joe Biden. Click here to watch.
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:14 PM
White House Correspondents’ Dinner more a roast of Chris Christie and CNN than the president
Joel McHale provided the entertainment at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bringing a more sarcastic tone to the proceedings than in previous years. While McHale was not nearly as biting as Stephen Colbert in his infamous 2006 appearance, the “Community” star did take several shots at those in attendance, particularly CNN and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Some highlights from McHale’s remarks:
- On congratulating President Obama for his performance: “My favorite bit was when you said you’d close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. That was a good one.”
- “Tonight will be amusing and over quickly – just like Chris Christie’s presidential campaign.”
- On Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy: “When the baby is born do you give a cigar to Bill?”
- “Chris Christie – he’s actually here tonight. Sir you are a glutton … for punishment.”
- “Mitch McConnell said his number one goal was getting the president out of office. So, congratulations on being just two years away from your goal. You did it!”
- On Obama visibly aging since taking office: “Just because Morgan Freeman has played the president a few times doesn’t mean you have to look exactly like him.”
- On White House press secretary Jay Carney: “I haven’t seen him this nervous since the president told him, ‘just go out there and tell them the website is broken.’”
- On the declines in print media: “Thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans can now visit a doctor’s office and see what a print magazine actually looks like.”
- “CNN is on a search for something they have been missing for months … their dignity.”
- “There are a lot of celebrities here tonight. They’re the ones who don’t look like ghouls.”
- “’House of Cards’ is a great show. I haven’t seen a performance like that since Lindsey Graham played Blanche DuBois in a ‘Streetcar Named Desire.’”
- “Richard Sherman has already had an impact on tonight’s event. He has intercepted Tim Tebow’s three attempts at passing the dinner rolls.”
- “Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter is here. So, if any of you congressmen want to cut out the middleman, just show him your penis.”
- “We’re no longer the fattest country in the world, Mexico is. But we’ll be number one again as soon as they all come over here.”
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- Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:49 PM
President Obama’s remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
President Obama began his routine at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner by bringing out two ferns, an ode to his recent appearance on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns” parody talk show. “It’s worked before,” Obama joked.
Some highlights from the president’s routine:
- “Last year was rough. In 2008 my slogan was ‘Yes We Can.’ In 2013, it was ‘Control-Alt-Delete.’”
- To host Joel McHale: “On ‘Community’ you play a preening, self-obsessed narcissist. So, this dinner must be a real change of pace for you.”
- “I’m a little jet lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage. I think they’re still searching for their table.”
- “MSNBC is here. I think they’re a little overwhelmed. I don’t think they’ve ever seen an audience this big.”
- “An American won the Boston Marathon. That was inspiring and only fair since a Kenyan has been president for the past six.”
- On Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: “As a general rule, things don’t end well if the sentence begins, ‘Let me tell you something I know about the Negro.’ … Just a tip for you, don’t start your sentence that way.”
- “Colorado legalized marijuana this year. An interesting social experiment. I hope it doesn’t lead to a lot of paranoid people thinking the federal government is out to get them and listening to their phone calls.”
- “Let’s face it Fox News, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”
- “I’m feeling for the speaker of the house as well. These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me. Which means, orange really is the new black.”
- “Gridlock has gotten so bad in this town you have to wonder, what did we do to piss off Chris Christie so bad?”
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- Saturday, May 3, 2014 6:41 PM
National Security Adviser Susan Rice gets autograph from ‘Duck Dynasty’ star
That’s a sight you won’t see every day: a national security adviser seeking an autograph from a reality television star. Willie Robertson, wearing a United Service Organizations headband, was a popular man at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, with a long line of guests waiting to introduce themselves to the “Duck Dynasty” star.
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 6:24 PM
What’s for dinner at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
According to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source, the WHCD dinner menu features:
Salad Course: Poached Bosc Pear with St. Pete’s Bay Blue Cheese, Petite Salad of Wild Red Watercress, Candied Pecans and Dried Cranberries, Port Vinaigrette
Entrée: Hand cut Broiled Petite Filet of Beef Served with a Four Day Demi, Onion Brulee Crostini Paired with Herbed Crab Cake on White Corn Fondue, Seasonal Vegetables to include Asparagus, Carrot, Sunburst, Roasted Pepper
Dessert: Tapas display of assorted desserts to include: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Assorted Mousse Lollipops, Lime Glace, Chocolate Pyramid glazed in crunchy peanut cocoa butter glaze
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 6:07 PM
“Oh, well I’m all the way out in Los Angeles. But I’d have to say Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.”
- L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti when asked by a TV reporter to name his favorite White House correspondent this weekend in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mayor, we’d have to agree.
(Photo via middlebury.edu)
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 3:59 PM
Star power? Make it so.
There has been speculation that Hollywood stars would not make the trek out to Washington, D.C., for this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Captain Jean-Luc Picard begs to differ.
Actor and human meme generator Patrick Stewart was one of the first celebrities to walk the red carpet on Saturday evening. He has been joined so far by the likes of Patrick Duffy, Sofia Vergara, Olivia Munn and former N’Sync singer JC Chasez. Big media figures including Wolf Blitzer, Savannah Guthrie, “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and Andrea Mitchell have walked the red carpet as well.
White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Thomma told C-SPAN that star power at WHCD events fluctuates over the years. “In the 1940’s, we had Frank Sinatra,” he said. “We’ve also had animal acts.”
“Community” sitcom star Joel McHale, who is the featured speaker at the dinner, was asked about criticism of journalists mingling with celebrities.
“Whatever. Relax, idiots,” he said sarcastically. “There are too many problems in the world to worry if someone is going to a party.”
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- Saturday, May 3, 2014 3:29 PM
'Ready for you, #WHCD'
Washington Post TV Producer Phoebe Connelly snapped this picture from inside the Washington Hilton, where a crowd gathered early to catch a glimpse of guests attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 1:31 PM
Helping George Clooney escape from the White House Correspondents' Dinner (and other stories)
By Daniel Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo! News
Tonight, I am returning to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after a four-year hiatus. I am psyched. I know it’s fashionable — almost de rigueur — to bemoan the dreaded dinner as a celebrity-soaked suck-up fest — the dark apotheosis of Washington access journalism. And I’ll admit there are aspects of the event that put the Fourth Estate in not a great light, though not all of us diminish our dignity by chasing after lesser members of the Kardashian family.
Still, for me the dinner is irresistible as cultural anthropology, an opportunity to observe the often hilarious, sometimes surreal interactions between distinct tribal archetypes, including the-inside-the-beltway striver, the over-the-top reality TV star and the more buttoned-up corporate executive.
To wit, here are three of my favorite vignettes from dinners past:
- There was the time that a couple of young White House aides fairly pushed an inebriated woman into my arms and beseeched me to get her home safely. We rode up a packed elevator to the street level of the Washington Hilton with the usual odd assortment of dinner guests, including the British ambassador and a tiny woman of a certain age whose face was instantly recognizable but one that I could not place. Until she turned to the woman I was with and said in a thick central European accent, “Congratulations. When are you due?” Putting the accent and the face together I realized it was Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the noted TV sex therapist. The only problem was that my soused charge was not pregnant. She snarled at Dr. Ruth, but fortunately the elevator door opened before things got too ugly. To this day I have no idea who the woman was, but she made it home safely.
- Another time, I found myself at the Vanity Fair after-party with a group of scribes doing bourbon shots with Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide. It was the run-up to the Iraq War and Libby was ordering the rounds of libations at the bar. This was great, I thought to myself: Libby, all liquored up, would accidentally reveal some critical piece of information about the administration’s war plans. But people like Libby don’t ascend to positions of power by being sloppy and undisciplined. He only imbibed every other round — and stayed fully in control. A couple of years later at a restaurant in New York during the 2004 Republican Convention, the waiter arrived with a shot of whiskey for me. ”Compliments of the gentleman,” he said, pointing across the room. It was Libby. I sent the waiter back with two shots.
- And then there was the time I was pressed into duty by one of my Newsweek colleagues to help George Clooney elude the paparazzi and obsessed fans after the dinner. As we beat a path out of the ballroom, thick clusters of people materialized in front of Clooney, thrusting pen ad paper in his hands for autographs, pleading to get their pictures taken with him. He graciously stopped a few times, but then suggested we accelerate our pace. Still, frenzied young women managed to press notes in his hand in a ritualized choreography that suggested both Clooney and his admirers had done this many times before. Soon we were cruising through secret passageways, past unmarked doors and in and out of a vast basement kitchen, where workers stopped what they were doing and just stared. We found a service exit to the hotel and Clooney calmly called his driver. He got into the limo and disappeared into the night.
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:30 AM
Highlights of past White House Correspondents Dinners
By Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent, Yahoo! News
- There’s a semi-secret game among the more mischief-minded White House correspondents. While everyone is running around trying to get pictures of themselves WITH celebrities, these reporters go around trying to get photos BY celebrities. The game is, of course, to get the best possible photo credit. The all-time best one, in my opinion, was achieved by Bill McQuillen, then of Bloomberg News, who got a photo of himself with Katie Holmes. Photo Credit: Tom Cruise.
- "The Colbert Year" always comes up in any long conversation about the dinner. My favorite memory of that controversial monologue was a riff about newly retired generals criticizing the Bush administration. Colbert’s joke solution was to never let them retire. One of my guests that year was an Army lieutenant colonel who had just returned from 15 months in Iraq at the worst point of the war. I wish I could have somehow bottled his belly laugh. It made my night.
- I can’t name names for this one. One year, I ran into a college friend of mine who was up for a very sensitive and very senior government post. Fortified by a few glasses of wine, we decided to get a picture with Pam Anderson. She could not have been more charming, even though we were probably the 267th photo request to interrupt her dinner. We took the picture, which unavoidably featured her plunging neckline. My friend saw the picture, grinned, suddenly frowned, and leaned forward with an earnest, quiet request: “Please don’t post that anywhere until after I’m confirmed.” Only in Washington!