Skip to comments.Celebs Join Bush for Reporters' Dinner (LIVE Thread)
Posted on 04/29/2006 5:11:04 PM PDT by leadpenny
WASHINGTON - The political and celebrity worlds were joining forces to honor journalists for their coverage of the White House and the downfall of a corrupt congressman.
Continuing a tradition begun by Calvin Coolidge, President Bush planned to attend the annual dinner Saturday that is hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association.
"I will see you all tomorrow night, I guess," Bush told reporters at the White House on Friday. "Looking forward to it. I hope you are, as well."
Booked as the featured entertainer was Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" often lampoons the Washington establishment.
Yet it's the Who's Who of power and celebrity in the audience invited by media organizations to their dinner tables that draws much of the attention.
Expected to join ABC were former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, the CIA officer at the heart of a leak investigation that has reached deep into the White House.
Others on the guest list included rapper-actor Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges; James Denton, the hunky plumber on "Desperate Housewives" on ABC; "Dancing With the Stars" winner Drew Lachey; New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; tennis player Anna Kournikova; and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
There was also talk that George Clooney, speaking at a Darfur rally near the Capitol Sunday, might make an appearance.
The award winners announced earlier this month are:
_Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press and Terry Moran of ABC News, Merriman Smith Awards, the top journalism award for White House reporting under deadline pressure.
Riechmann was recognized for breaking the news of Bush's choice of John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Moran was cited for his broadcast coverage of Bush's first visit to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
_Carl Cannon of the National Journal, the Aldo Beckman Award for his profile of presidential adviser Michael Gerson. The award is given for repeated excellence in White House reporting.
_Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer of the Copley News Service, the Edgar A. Poe Award for a series of stories on Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes. The Poe award recognizes excellence in news of national and regional importance.
The association was established in 1914 as a bridge between the press corps and the White House. The current president is Mark Smith of AP Radio.
On the Net:
White House Correspondents' Association: http://www.whca.net
C-SPAN coverage begins at 8 ET.
White House Correspondents Dinner
White House Correspondents Association
White House Travel, DC Event
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
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Bush, George W. President, United States
The head table is coming in and the Colors are about to be presented.
||I hope the Bush family enjoys themselves.|
It's a nice night for a FReep.
Can't wait to see the after-action thread and pictures of the good doctor!
The Star Spangled Banner. I'm thinking it in English. Oh, there's Tony.
I knew you'd be here.
Scalia is in the house.
Scalia moving to a table with beer in hand.
"Chief Justice" Scalia just sat down, as Cspan called him.
Oh, man. Justice Scalia is drinking Carona. It's an OK beer, but not great. Scalia is great. He should be drinking a great beer.
D'oh! Corona... not Carona. Still not worthy of Scalia.
Although 1 sec before they said that, I thought it. I always assumed he would be the one, after Rehnquist died...
Tony Snow got a little appluase there.
Hugh welcome for Tony Snow. Just Hugh.
Don't repeat that too often...we'll see multipe threads about "Bush Supreme Court give preference to Mexicans over Americans".
AAAAHHH! Helen Thomas. The whole crowd will lose their appetite.
The flowers are too small in front of Helen "Allahu Akbar" Thomas.
Can't they move the flower arrangement just a little and block Helen Thomas?
Helen Thomas seated next to Stephen Colbert. I can just imagine the dinner conversation . . .
Helen is looking more uglier than usual tonight..
How he can stand to be in same building with them shows he has more grace than I do.
Colbert: So Ms. Thomas did you pay a doctor to make that ugly....or were you just blessed with the gift.
Oh, no. C-SPAN is showing Mrs. Bush's "milking a male horse" speech from last year.
The President has more grace than I will ever have.But he is willing to deliver a punch. We do have that in common.
Last year's speech by the First Lady.
I guess we won't see the reporters as they put the feed bag on..
I thought that was a rude way to introduce the President as the 'husband of last year's speaker'.....he should be called the President of the United States, George W. Bush ......but I know saying that makes these liberal MSM people choke.
Yeah, it looks like C-SPAN resumes live coverage around 9:30.
Nope. But there's Morphius!
Believe me, history will vindicate this President. He will be remembered as the last "real" president in America before her final fall.
Good grief! C-span showing Bill Clinton. He was/is a disgrace.
God... barf alert. I;m going to go rip out my eyes.
It is interesting. Clinton is seen as shallow a man as he is.
OMG - they are now replaying a speech by Clinton - I thought it was supposed to be him - but I'm in my office and it sounds like a woman - I had to go look!
One pic was bad enough but this is ridiculous.
No one with a screen name anything like "Napkin User" should ever, ever be allowed to post the name 'Helen Thomas'....it's just wrong.
He's reminding me how un-funny he was/is.
Notice how odd it is watching the Clinton video. Was he even married? It's the strangest thing.
Yep, it's a good reminder that Clinton was pathetic.
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