Move over Ryan Seacrest, ABC News’ Rick Klein and GQ’s Ana Marie Cox had the red carpet covered at the Washington Hilton for the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Check out the dynamic duo on ABCNews.com as they talked to folks from WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to Senator Scott Brown to Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
WHC Insider presents the first annual WHC Weekend Insider Awards to highlight the great deeds of the famous and infamous who came to Washington to party, schmooze, and most importantly – be seen – at the events surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
It’s the biggest weekend in Washington, second only perhaps to Inauguration, which you clever kids know from civics class only comes once every four years (and without as many brunches).
So, here it is, the best of the fetes, as we scour the tables at the Washington Hilton to find someone not represented by Bob Barnett.
BEST OUTREACH BY A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL
Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. No one walks in LA, but apparently Hollywood hottie and “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier was making his way on foot to the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair after party when he was spotted by none other than Rahm Emanuel. The White House Chief of Staff’s brother, Ari Emanuel, was the inspiration for the high-strung, heavyweight agent portrayed by Jeremy Piven on the hit HBO show “Entourage.”
Rahm immediately had his motorcade pull over and Adrian hopped in. Now that’s taking it to the people!
John McLaughlin began the post-WHCA Dinner Sunday brunch tradition, and this year was no different with the Thomson Reuters McLaughlin brunch.
Making a grand return to the rooftop of the Hay-Adams Hotel, with one of the most beautiful views of the White House, McLaughlin gathered notables like T. Boone Pickens, Dennis Quaid, and Wolf Blitzer. Georgette Mosbacher has been attending since 1988.
Previous brunch guests have included Vice President Dick Cheney, Tom Selleck, and Robert De Niro (while prepping for his role in “Wag the Dog”).
White House favorite Sarah Feinberg, who has been Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, joins Bloomberg L.P. as director of communication and business strategy efforts, with an emphasis on expanding Bloomberg’s global presence.
“Sarah has demonstrated the strategic leadership that will build on Bloomberg’s position in Washington and across the globe,” said Kevin Sheekey, head of government relations and public affairs at Bloomberg L.P. and chairman of the new government information division. “Her experience at the intersection of communications, politics and public policy, her track record of managing complex issues and teams and her entrepreneurial spirit will be tremendous assets at Bloomberg.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining Bloomberg at such an exciting time for the Company,” said Feinberg. “As Bloomberg expands its presence in Washington and prepares to launch its government information division, I’m looking forward to being a part of an organization with such an impressive record of innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Feinberg, who is married to White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, will oversee all Washington-based communications across the Bloomberg product portfolio.
While at the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch, guests were asked to share the best advice from their mother in honor of Mothers Day Every Day and CURE Epilepsy.
Some of the answers from the media, business, and political elite who stepped across the lawn at the 18th annual brunch are posted below – and be sure to WATCH the video of the tribute to two important causes which affects the lives and health of families all across the globe: maternal mortality and epilepsy.
Susan Axelrod, Founder & Chair of CURE Epilepsy spoke from the heart about the disease and the desperate need to support research and find a cure. Axelrod, the honorary co-chair of the brunch, was joined on stage by “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, People’s cover boy Chace Crawford, and HBO’s “The Pacific” star Joe Mazzello, as well as the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, who showed their support for CURE Epilepsy and MDED by signing a giant Mother’s Day card.
CHERYL HINES: My mom taught me to have fun in life. That’s what it’s about!
RUPERT MURDOCH: My mother told me to look after my sisters!
DANA DELANEY: Tell the truth – it’s easier to remember
STEVE WEBER: Swallow your spit
SUSAN SHER, First Lady’s Chief of Staff: 1. Always wear lipstick 2.
It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man. (I followed neither.)
WOLF BLITZER: Do the best you can!
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Be fearless!
NICK JONAS: Treat women with respect!
JOE JONAS: Coins are not edible!
DEMI LOVATO: Pack clean underwear!
JOE MAZZELLO, HBO’s “The Pacific”: Make it real
DAVID GREGORY: Always wear socks!
KIM KARDASHIAN: My favorite thing my mother taught me is…. To be myself
CHEVY CHASE: Make sure you shake few hands. You can get hurt.
JAYNI CHASE: Wear comfortable shoes.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE: Get quiet and ask God to let you feel who you are …your true self.
BRET BAIER: Always open a door and pull out a chair for a lady!
ANDREA MITCHELL: Watch out when you cross the street
Rounding out an already busy weekend, the Allbritton Brunch on Sunday proved to be the next must-attend event surrounding the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Held at the Georgetown Mansion of Politico owner and wife, Robert and Elena Allbritton, the posh gathering included stamina-filled notables, such as: WHCA President Ed Chen, Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Senator Scott Brown, T. Boone Pickens, actor Ewan McGregor, and the youthful trio, the Jonas Brothers.
Check out Politico’s take.
Wendy Williams walked into the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch with a smile on her face. If the talk show host were harboring any bad feelings about whom she would potentially be dining with that evening, it sure didn’t show.
Williams was escorted to the brunch by American Urban Radio Network‘s White House correspondent April Ryan and was to be seated at the network’s table at the annual WHCA Dinner later that evening. Except Williams didn’t go to the dinner.
According to the NY Daily News, the American Urban Radio Network also invited former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth to the dinner without realizing the two women have had an ongoing tiff since 2008.
Welcome to Washington, Wendy!
ABC News’ Jake Tapper has plenty to smile about at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Aside from snagging the “it” political guest – Scott Brown, the new Senator from Massachusetts – Tapper will be going home with the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure in the broadcast category.
Tapper spoke with WHC Insider’s Tammy Haddad at the White House about his penchant for Twitter, and keeping his prestigious journalism award out of the reach of his two young children.
WHC Insider’s Tammy Haddad sat down with ABC News’ David Chalian and Rick Klein on the ABCNews.com show “Top Line” to chat about the evolution of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner into an all-out weekend event – including the annual brunch she co-hosts on Saturday morning.
In a town where politicians and notable folks tend to avoid the press, it’s one of the few times when the invitation bearing, ticket holding, media is suddenly in demand:
“This is the only time they call us and beg…. This is the only time where everyone has to stand in line together.”
Ed Chen will soon be stepping aside as President of the White House Correspondents’ Association but he’s still got his day job to keep him busy.
The Senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News recently sat down with Hans Nichols, fellow Bloomberg News correspondent and guest interviewer for WHC Insider, to talk about what goes on behind the scenes in the press room and what it’s like to cover the Obama administration.
The two also covered Senator John McCain during his bid for the Oval Office, and Nichols asked what it would be like if McCain were behind the press room podium instead:”Do you think he would have done those weekly briefings?”
Chen: “It would have been very interesting every day, and I also would have kept a suitcase here, packed, at the White House because you never know when a President McCain would have decided to go to Russia.”