The 98th White House Correspondents' dinner, held Saturday, April 28, at the Washington Hilton ballroom, was aglow with plenty Hollywood dazzle. The annual soiree, which is still in full swing as I type and take in the star-studded affair being broadcasted live on CNN television, has a "who's who" of the celebrity world at every table.
From movies to reality TV, the "glitterati circus" has certainly come to town. Super stars like actor/activist, Reality's Kim Kardashian, actress , Sophia Vergara and Lindsay Lohan were just a few names on the long list of invited guests.
Why were there so many celebrities on the guest list? Are there insufficient journalists or media personnel to fill the room? It's called "A correspondent dinner" but maybe it should be called a "Hollywood meets White House" dinner instead?
The swanky celebration is supposed to honor journalists and those who covered Washington's politics, but it sure looks like one of the numerous award shows where Hollywood gathered to repeatedly stroke each other's egos.
Lindsey Lohan and Kim Kardashian? Why?
Don't answer that, it was rhetorical. Just as the Republicans stroke and stoke their rich hedge fund and corporate donors, the Democrats have Hollywod money on their side. The dirty dance of politcs is in full swing.recently attended a fund raiser at one of homes of his billionaire hedge fund friend in New York, , who was one of the major players in the collapsed housing market. Paulson made billions pushing those toxic assets which torpedoed and helped cause the financial meltdown of 2007-8.
The Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), the $700 billion bailout spear-headed by, came to the rescue. Paulson is another alum of Wall Street; before joining the Bush administration as Secretary of the Treasury, he was Goldman Sachs "head honcho."
That $700 billion quickly ballooned into over a trillion dollar bailout of Wall Street, big banks and the housing giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Sorry, I digress. Where was I?
Oh yes--the dinner's main act was comedianwho delivered some hilarious, hard-hitting punches, even going after the president with little mercy. His "fat joke" jabs at presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. were a tad harsh, but Christie seemed to roll with the punches. (No pun intended, I swear). Not so much 'The Newt," who attempted to give a smile which only came out as a painful grimace.
President Obama killed it with his open mic intro and some of his ensuing monologue but his, pit bull joke was a bit risque. "Even Sarah Palin is getting back into the game. What's the difference between a pit bull and lipstick?" "A pitt bull is more delicious." Ouch.
He was trying to joke about Sarah Palin's recent remark that he ate dogs but it felt a little over-the-line. But that's just me.
If you saw the live broadcast of the correspondents' dinner, what do you think of the president and Kimmel's jokes?
If you didn't, click on the video above to see the President in comedic action.