The New Yorker‘s Bruce Handy recaps the DC screening of HBO’s “White House Plumbers,” with director David Mandel and actors Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux as the bungling burglars E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy.
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CBS News After Party Wows the WHC Weekend
CBS News made headlines with the return of their star-studded After Party co-hosted by the new French Ambassador Laurent Bili at the French Ambassador’s residence following the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner on Saturday, April 29, 2023.
The CBS News After Party featured senior White House officials and cabinet members, high level media executives, top journalists, celebrities, elected officials, and politicos including Secretary of State Tony Blinken and his wife, cabinet secretary Evan Ryan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, First Daughter Ashley Biden, Naomi Biden and Peter Neal, U.S. Trade Rep. Ambassador Katherine Tai, CFPB director Rohit Chopra, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, and former presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway.
Paramount Global, the parent company of CBS and Comedy Central, was well represented with Shari Redstone, Paramount’s non-executive chair, donning a stunning silver evening gown and posing on the red carpet with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Roy Wood, Jr., the dinner’s headline entertainer and correspondent for Comedy Central’s “Daily Show.” Paramount Global’s heavyweight lineup continued with Global Government Affairs EVP DeDe Lea and CBS president George Cheeks.
Celebrity guests included Justin Theroux, Justin Hartley, Julia Fox, Tim Daly, Bradley Whitford, Julia Fox, BD Wong, Rosario Dawson, Zooey Deschanel, and the Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott.
One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was a guest of CBS’ Gayle King – the WNBA’s Brittney Griner and her wife, Cherelle. Earlier in the evening, they met President Joe Biden for the first time at the White House, following Griner’s release from Russia.
Among the business leaders and notable guests in attendance were Flexport CEO and wife Dave and Leigh Anne Clark, Flexport president Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky, Micron VP of Marketing Rahul Sandil, AOL founders Steve and Jean Case, philanthropist Sudha Reddy, French Embassy counsellor Pascal Confavreux, APCO Worldwide’s Dan Meyers, and Complete Agency president Rachel Pearson, founder of the women’s economic security non-profit, Engage.
Top CBS News talent attended the second annual after party, including Norah O’Donnell, Robert Costa, Scott MacFarlane, Ed O’Keefe and others, as well as top media personalities from other networks and news outlets including CNN CEO Chris Licht, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, and POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin.
30th Anniversary Garden Brunch Highlights
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch, an annual gathering of leaders in government, politics, media, business, and entertainment during the Correspondents’ Weekend that uses its power and purpose to honor an important cause.
Ukraine Ambassador Oksana Markarova presented actor Liev Schreiber with a Champion of Democracy award at the 2023 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunchwhere he delivered a powerful speech, in recognition of his work as a co-founder of BlueCheck Ukraine (watch here).
Maryland Governor Wes Moore recognized the philanthropic efforts of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who presented on stage a check for $500,000 to veterans charity Blue Star Families.
The 30th Anniversary Garden Brunch was held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the historic Beall-Washington home in Georgetown from 11am-2pm prior to the 2023 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
The first Garden Brunch took place in Tammy Haddad’s backyard 30 years ago, ahead of the 1993 WHCA Dinner.
Joining Haddad as this year’s Garden Brunch co-hosts were Gayle King, Kevin Sheekey, Mark & Sally Ein, Stephanie Ruhle, Jon Banner, Craig Minassian, Franco Nuschese, Teresa Carlson, Kelley McCormick, David Adler, and Dan Meyers.
The #GardenBrunch honors the freedom of the press and highlights the important work of veterans and military family organizations, a tradition that continued this year as a celebration of freedom and democracy around the world.
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