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Some News Orgs Skip Celebs at WHCD

In recent years the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has gotten a bad rap as the Washington event that had gone Hollywood to its own demise. Instead of White House correspondents and nerdy political types, it was Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Sean Penn with Scarlett Johansson in his lap. Not that popularity to attend was waning, but the cool factor had gone way down.

This year some news outlets are avoiding celebrity guests and instead taking corporate and political guests. For instance, Politico is going heavy on powerful people in business and light on people who would have any reason to turn up on TMZ (famous last words, we know).

Their list includes: Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America, Wes Bush, CEO, Northrop Grumman, Eric Spiegel, CEO, Siemens, Marty Durbin, Incoming CEO, ANGA, Gary Cohn, COO, and John Rogers, Executive Vice President, Goldman Sachs, James Murren, CEO, MGM Resorts, Lorenzo Simonelli, CEO, GE Transportation, Don Baer, CEO, Burson-Marsteller. Their non-business types: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

The Hill is taking DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who (no offense) most people couldn’t pick out of a lineup. Yahoo! News is refreshingly following suit with names that don’t have a particularly high wow-factor outside of Washington. Their dinner guest is Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a big Grateful Dead fan who was born mostly blind in one eye. Guests for the weekend include Caitlin Hayward, lead spokeswoman for the National Security Council, and Edwin Donovan, Deputy Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service.

A spokesperson for Yahoo! News told FishbowlDC, “In the last year Yahoo! News has doubled down on original content, expanded its presence in Washington DC with its first-ever DC bureau, and made a series of notable new hires. We wanted our guests this year to reflect our on-going commitment to political coverage.”

Allbritton Opens up $24 Million Home for Prom Weekend

Promgoers watch out. In addition to Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton and wife, Elena, holding court at their rarely seen $24 million Georgetown home for Sunday brunch, Politico will publish a special magazine edition of the paper devoted to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. The glossy is expected to be an exclusive guide to D.C.’s ultimate power weekend. The publication will unveil it on Friday, April 30 and distribute to attendees following the dinner and throughout the weekend.

Allbritton plans to conclude the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend with his May 2 brunch that has not taken place in years past. The place to be on Sunday has been the McLaughlin brunch at the Hay Adams. We’ll see which one guests choose. No venue has been announced for the McLaughlin soiree.

As for Politico’s fest, a host of influential lawmakers, newsmakers and celebrities will gather at the Bowie-Sevier estate for brunch on Sunday. The 200-person guest list includes cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, top media members, politicos and CEOs, among others.

Some of Politico’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner guests — some of whom may also attend brunch — include House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, singer Mary J. Blige, American fashion designer Tory Burch, Warner Music CEO Lyor Cohen, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, and actor Tim Daly of ABC’s “Private Practice”.

Other A-listers invited to the brunch: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, top Obama political advisor David Axelrod, senior Newsweek editor and daughter of the late Katherine Graham Lally Weymouth, Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Washington Mystics’ managing partner Sheila Johnson, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. News & World Report’s Mort Zuckerman, PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and more.

Stay tuned as more details trickle out…

Add First Amendment Party to List of WHCA Dinner Weekend Soirees

FirstAmendment.png.gif The Impact Arts + Film Fund and The Washington Post with Funny or Die will join forces for a second annual “First Amendment Party” as part of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner weekend.

“The event celebrates the history and impact of the First Amendment which, by establishing and defending freedom of speech and of the press, has played a critical role in shaping our nation by empowering the press to tell America’s story,” stated a release.

The First Amendment Party will be held on Friday, April 30th from 10pm to 2am.

More details and names soon. Stay tuned…

PROM: People Are Still Writing About It


Our last Prom post this year? Who knows. There are more photos and videos appearing on Bloomberg’s After Party website. Above, Chris Taylor, Betsy Fischer, Pamela Stevens and Michelle Marcello (Photo Credit: Mannie Garcia).


Perez Hilton.

HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (forgive this editor’s pink pants).

The Corner.


Cynic’s Party

Joel Achenbach


Marc Ambinder.


Scott Stanzel, Gretchen Hamel and Sean Stizer


Kevin Sheekey, Lex Fenwick

PROM: Straight Talk Express Expressed Straight Into Bloomberg Party

Via The Stump at the New Republic, John McCain’s famed “Straight Talk Express” chauffeured several supporters to the Bloomberg after-party on Saturday night and they went straight to the front of the line:

    There was, however, something especially untoward about the giant bus that rumbled up S Street to the door of the Costa Rican embassy around 11:30 p.m. and unloaded a throng of passengers who were ushered directly inside the party. That bus, as you can see below, was none other than John McCain’s fabled Straight Talk Express–that chariot of the working man, stallion of the downtrodden, mighty diesel-powered scourge of the clubby special interests who warp American democracy!

PROM: Ferguson Doesn’t Get Capitol Hill

Lest we forget this choice quote from Craig Ferguson’s WHCA speech:

    A reporter from — what’s the name of that paper? The Mound? The Hill!

PROM: The Write-Ups! 2.0


Yes, there’s more


The Swamp

Washington Examiner



Washington Post

Huffington Post..

Mother Jones

Washington Times

..And, Beltway Confidential

PROM: The T-Shirt (Reader Submission #9)


PROM: The T-Shirt (Reader Submission #8)


PROM: The T-Shirt (Reader Submission #7)