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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: White House Correspondents’ 2014

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It’s now been 24 hours since I’ve done anything White House Correspondents related, and I’m still exhausted. Fifteen parties over the course of three days! This must be what it’s like to climb Mount Everest or win an Iron Man competition…

Sort of.

While we didn’t make it to all the various WHCD2k14 shindigs, we made it to most. Our personal highlight of the weekend? Definitely when “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara did a complete about-face when asked if she would take a picture of us with her hot boyfriend. Runner up – “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison’s “sex eyes.”

Check out our party-by-party run down, after the jump…

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Photo Roundup of White House Correspondents’ Weekend

cbsprepartyThis past weekend was the 100th annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and along with it were 15 parties over the course of three days.

FishbowlDC was out and about and here we’d like to share with you a gallery of our favorite moments along the way.

We’re still in recovery mode – with no end in sight – but we’re glad this weekend is finally behind us. It was a wild, wild ride.

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Full Video of the 2014 WHCA Dinner Speeches

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 08.07.59Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, President Obama and the night’s entertainer, Joel McHale, headlined White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. For those of you who missed it, that’s a little sad. So either take a look, or re-watch again, the night’s full speeches by Obama and McHale, as well as a spoof on “Veep.”

President Obama: via POLITICO

McHale: via POLITICO

“Veep” spoof: via POLITICO

WHCA Dinner Focus of New Documentary by Patrick Gavin

152_7998096993_511_nFormer FishbowlDC-er Patrick Gavin‘s last day at POLITICO was yesterday and the reporter who’s covered nearly 10 years of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is working on a documentary exploring the annual event.

According to VarietyGavin has “more than 20 hours of footage of interviews with association board members, past headliners, celebrities, event planners, and correspondents” and “will focus on why dozens of celebrities would trek to D.C. at the same time every year to celebrate the White House press corps.”

The project is slated to be named “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week.” Think of it like DC’s version of “Girls Gone Wild” and read more about it here.

Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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Thursday Guide to WHC Weekend

image001Days away is the White House Correspondents Association Dinner and even sooner is a plethora of parties starting on Thursday.

Thursday all we have on tap is 2, the inaugural Women in Journalism party and Rock the Vote. Below are the relevant dets. We hope to see you there!

Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism
Thursday, May 1, 6 – 8:30pm
Hosted by NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin, Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe
Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Dress attire is business professional
Valet parking and coat check will be available

 

rockthevoteThe Spin Room with Rock the Vote
Thursday, May 1, 8 – 11pm
Hosted by Ink Blot Army & FinePoint PR
Original art work by Matthew Curran
Music by DJs .rarKelly and Adam to the Max
Cocktails by EXODO Tequila
Vino from Wine Awesomeness
Beers by Ommegang
Photo booth from Poshbooth
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Swag bag by W Salon

WHCD Party Invites: SPIN ROOM with Rock the Vote

rockthevoteTwo days before the big night, Rock the Vote presents The Spin Room – an evening in celebration of new media, the youths, and the importance of voting (also known as the “Everyone Gets Laid” party). The bash, to be held at Hierarchy art gallery at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, is being hosted by Ink Blot Army (Jessica Hoy and Teddy Duvall) and FinePoint PR (Meredith Fineman).

Guests will enjoy cocktails by EXODO Tequila, vino from Wine Awesomeness, beers from Ommegang, a pop-up digital photo booth via Poshbooth and a whole lotta Sprinkles Cupcakes – not to mention a “deluxe” swag bag from W Salon. The evening will also feature original artwork by Matthew Curran and DJs .rarKelly and Adam to the Max.

In competition for the evening is the inaugural “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism” event co-hosted by Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus, NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Catherine Merrell Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS News’ Jan Crawford, and The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe.

Both events are invite only. But you have the names of the hosts and we can’t stop you from trying to get an invite.

Party on!

WHCD Party Invites – 2.0: The New Media Party

Now less than 2 weeks away, White House Correspondents madness is in full swing. Recently to our inboxes is an invite to StartUp RockOn’s 2.0: The New Media Party in celebration of the WHCD’s centennial.

The event will feature an interactive badge with a NFC (near-field communication) chip allowing guests to swipe their way through the party and set off various event activations including:

  • Miniature talking robots offering personal conversations with guests who share their information with the event organizers prior to the party.
  • Suspended spheres over the dance floor enabling guests to download music during the sets of DJ Gavin Holland and U.S. Royalty.

Craft cocktails by Derek Brown – owner of The Passenger and The Columbia Room – and a variety of food trucks on site.

Founded by Event Farm and HyperVocal, StartUp RockOn has thrown popular events at the RNC, DNC and Inauguration, with musical headliners including The Roots and Talib Kweli. The evening is sponsored by Microsoft, AOL, Zingal Labs, Viacom, the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center, and Mobile Future.

Check out the invitation after the jump.

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WHCD Party Invites: The New Yorker with David Remnick

Short, simple, and to the point, The New Yorker’s invite for their Friday night cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with editor David Remnick downloads quicker than any other we’ve yet seen. Minimalist in nature, it cuts right to the chase, but if this was an episode of “Fashion Police,” we’d be forced to give a B for Boring (but we’re excited to go!!).

New Yorker WHCD Invitation

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