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.
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.
White House Plumbers: HBO Hosts DC Screening Feat. Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux
HBO teamed up with co-hosts Tammy Haddad and Olivia Nuzzi on Wednesday, April 19 for the DC screening of White House Plumbers, the new HBO ORIGINAL five-part limited series that imagines the behind-the-scenes story of the Watergate scandal. White House Plumbers is set for release on May 1 at 9 PM.
After the screening of episode one, Nuzzi led a conversation with actors Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux, as well as show executives Dave Mandel, Pete Huyck, and Alex Gregory. Executive Producer David Bernad (White Lotus) was also in attendance.
Woody Harrelson (E. Howard Hunt) and DC native Justin Theroux (G. Gordon Liddy) portray the two Nixon confidantes who orchestrated the breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Office Building to save the president’s 1972 reelection campaign. Theroux’s parents were in the audience. The next day, Justin had lunch at the White House with EP David Bernad and Biden aide John McCarthy.
Legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward was in attendance and received a shout-out from the stage and ensuing ovation. Woodward and Carl Bernstein won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the Watergate scandal.
The screening was held at United States Navy Memorial’s Burke Theatre. An after party followed at Ciel Social Club.
SPOTTED: David Mandel, Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Pete Huyck, Alex Gregory, Casey Bloys, Naomi Biden and Peter Neal, Kathleen Buhle, Mike and Tricia Donilon, Ron Klain andMonica Medina, John McCarthy, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Kellyanne Conway, Bob Woodward, Sally Quinn, Jonathan Martin, Reggie Love, Bob Costa, Bruce Handy, Ben LaBolt, Symone Sanders and Shawn Townsend, Jay Shaylor, Maggie Haberman, Abby Phillip, Sheila Angelo, Jessica Carter Altman, Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields, Jim Acosta and Liz Landers, Eric Schultz, Brittany Shepherd, Rachel Levitan, Ben Jacobs, Scott Bixby, Andrew Bates and Megan Apper, Nate Stephens, Meridith McGraw, Jackie Kucinich, Adrienne Elrod, Boris Sanchez, Sabrina Singh and Jacqui Heinrich.
LAFAYETTE148 NY GOES TO WASHINGTON TO PREVIEW THEIR SPRING COLLECTION
On March 23rd, the Lafayette148 NY fashion team hosted an exclusive engagement and pop-up shop at the House of 1229, a new private women’s club in Washington DC. Distinguished guests in business, government and media joined together to celebrate the arrival of Spring, while enjoying a sneak peek of Lafayette 148 NY’s latest collection.
Dubbed “Notes on paper,” the collection was inspired by subtle structural forms, a nod to the company’s roots at 148 Lafayette St. in New York City that was at one point a printing press. Guests shared their own anecdotes about the brand, praising how the women-founded and led company has delivered on their needs by staying committed to inclusivity, fit and uncompromised style.
House of 1229 founder, Kathleen Buhle, and the Lafayette 148 NY team, welcomed guests including Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Yamiche Alcindor, Sophia Bush, Anna Palmer, Liz Johnson, Elizabeth Falcone, Olivia Igbokwe, Helen Milby, Ashley Lerner, Amy Grappone, Michelle Freeman, Ami Aronson, and Adrienne Elrod.
The actress Sophia Bush was a surprise celebrity guest in town for the White House Women’s History Month events.
“The House at 1229 is a community of women with different backgrounds and experiences who share the same core beliefs. – We continue to grow so long as we remain open and honest. – We encourage diverse perspectives and voices at the table to promote richer conversation. – We recognize that with success comes the responsibility to give back. – We foster meaningful connections as we move into our next chapters.”
White House Historical Association Unveils 2023 Christmas Ornament Inspired by President Ford
The White House Historical Association on Wednesday unveiled its official 2023 White House Christmas Ornament – a festive holiday wreath adorned with decorations inspired by the handcrafted Christmas ornaments used in the White House during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
“The ornaments serve as a wonderful teaching tool designed to tell the story of the White House during a specific presidency or anniversary,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. “Through these collectibles, we’ve been able to further our mission to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion.”
According to the White House Historical Association’s description of the ornament: “Small and delicate depictions of dolls, cherubs, doves, stars, flowers, gingerbread men, candles, and pentagon balls decorate the front of the ornament while the back features emblems related to the life and presidency of Gerald R. Ford. President Ford was an eagle scout and an athlete who played on the University of Michigan’s football team.”
The Association’s announcement continues: “While in office, he and Mrs. Ford celebrated the 200th anniversary of America’s founding. The Fords were gifted Liberty, a Golden Retriever puppy, who made the White House her home. Later the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first-in-class aircraft carrier, was commissioned to honor the thirty-eighth president as the flagship of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group. These moments are the inspiration for the design of the Official 2023 White House Christmas Ornament.”
The Official White House Christmas Ornament is available at shop.whitehousehistory.org.
Pallas Foundation Honors Adm. Mike Mullen with Named Homeland Security Scholarship at Anne Arundel Community College
The Pallas Foundation announced Friday the launch of a new scholarship program named in honor of Admiral Mike Mullen (Ret.) to serve underrepresented students in the field of homeland security at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC).
The Adm. Mike Mullen Scholarship for National Security Leadership honors the 17th Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President Bush and President Obama from 2007 to 2011, and also as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007. A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Adm. Mullen was deeply involved in mentoring and promoting officers from diverse backgrounds to help them achieve the highest ranks in the military, the Foundation announced.
The Mullen Scholarship will directly support the development of emerging leaders in global and national security, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. Under the program, each year two students will receive a scholarship to study at AACC from Pallas.
The Pallas Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pallas Advisors, the strategic advisory firm specializing in navigating complex national and international security dynamics, founded by Sally Donnelly, who was the special assistant to Admiral Mullen as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A fixture in defense and national security, Donnelly also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as Director of the Washington Office for the Commander of U.S. Central Command, both under Gen. James Mattis.
“We are honored to partner with Admiral Mullen on this initiative. His career-long commitment to underrepresented communities perfectly matches the mission of the Pallas Foundation,” said Sally Donnelly, Co-Chair of the Pallas Foundation. “Anne Arundel is a proven leader in the nation’s community college system, and we are grateful for their support.”
Students pursuing degrees in Homeland Security Management, Transportation and Border Security, or Intelligence Analytics are eligible for the scholarship. In addition to the scholarship funds, recipients will also be invited to leadership development events coordinated by the Pallas Foundation.
“We are honored that the Pallas Foundation selected AACC as its first community college to launch the Adm. Mullen Initiative to help prepare more national security leaders for public service and career success,” said Dr. Dawn Lindsay, AACC’s president. “Both organizations are national leaders, so it is a natural fit that will create opportunities for more students.”
“At AACC, we serve an increasingly diverse range of students that this scholarship will help support,” said Darian Senn-Carter, Ed.D., interim director of AACC’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute. “Thanks to the Pallas Foundation, we will be able to prepare even more talented individuals from underrepresented backgrounds for careers that safeguard our community and our nation.”
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Pallas Foundation aims to foster the education and professional development of emerging leaders from underrepresented groups in global and national security.
Students interested in applying for scholarships at AACC should visit www.aacc.edu/scholarships.
Roy Wood Jr. Announced as Entertainer for 2023 WHCA Dinner
The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) on Thursday announced Roy Wood Jr. as the featured entertainer for the 2023 White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Wood, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, is standup comedian and host of the “Roy’s Job Fair” podcast. The comedian’s latest hour-long standup special, Imperfect Messenger, is now streaming on Paramount+.”
According to the WHCA, “Wood was a broadcast journalism major at Florida A&M University in 1998, when he fell in love with comedy and launched his career in standup. He has been featured on just about every late-night comedy show on network TV, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and was one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing on NBC. He also executive produced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary The Neutral Ground.”
“It’s an honor to be a part of a long-running tradition of celebrating those members of the media, who work so hard to uncover the truth, and hold our government accountable,” said Wood Jr. “It will be a great night that will go down in the history books, or not, depending on which state you live in.”
This year’s annual WHCA dinner will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at its longtime home in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton.
About the WHCA
Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. We support awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year, and scholarships for young reporters who carry our hopes for vibrant journalism in the years to come. Each day, we work to ensure that the men and women who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the President. Our association comprises hundreds of members from the worlds of print, television, radio and online journalism. Their work, for outlets based in the United States and overseas, reaches a global audience. The association has been holding an annual dinner since 1921.
For more information, visit http://www.whca.press.
Liev Schreiber Headlines (UN)Sanctioned Party with Ukraine Ambassador to Support Humanitarian Aid Efforts
The (Un)Sanctioned Party brought together a dynamic crowd to support BlueCheck Ukraine at the residence of the French Ambassador Philippe Etienne. Co-hosts Dmitri Alperovitch and Maureen Hinman, Tammy Haddad, Kevin Sheekey, John Katko, Mike Rogers, Edward Luce, Ryan Evans, Dan Jablonsky, Adam Ghetti and Kara Swisher highlighted the work of BlueCheck Ukraine founded by the great actor and activist Liev Schreiber.
Special guest Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova thanked Schreiber and all the guests who have supported Ukraine’s efforts. Actor and Blue Check Ukraine co-founder Liev Schreiber describing the work their partner NGOS are doing on the ground in Ukraine.
Liev Schreiber described how BlueCheck Ukraine fund local NGOs on the ground in Ukraine and their pro-bono partners, Ropes & Gray and Integrity Risk International, vet each of the NGOs.)
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Ambassador Markarova inspired the crowd her remarks, highlighting the bravery and resiliency of the Ukrainian people and why they need our support now more than ever.
Guests who were sanctioned by Russia included Jon Finer, Lisa Monaco, Ned Price, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Susan Wild, Susan Glasser, Chris Krebs, Bianna Golodryga, Craig Kennedy.
Other guests included Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Ambassadors Karen Pierce (UK), Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland), Stavros Lambrinidis (EU), Santiago Cabanas Ansorena (Spain), Miloslav Stašek (Czechia), Christina Markus Lassen (Denmark), Nicole Bintner (Luxembourg), Niamh King, Peter Baker, Jonathan Karl, John McCarthy, Elizabeth Falcone, David Butler, T.W. Arrighi, Abby Phillip, Kaitlan Collins, Josh Dawsey, Alex Marquardt, Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Williams.
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Denyce Graves Gives Passionate Performance in Mary Cardwell Dawson Inaugural Performance at Kennedy Center
Emmy® and Grammy® Award-winning Mezzo-soprano star Denyce Graves this month launched important works through the Denyce Graves Foundation with a glitzy string of events in Washington to roll out the foundation’s initiatives honoring the legacy of minority performers in America and celebrating the diversity and talent of the next generation.
The weekend kicked off with Denyce performaning the starring role in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at the Kennedy Center, which portrays the life and legacy of Mary Cardwell Dawson, acclaimed performer and founder of the National Negro Opera Company. Presented by the Washington National Opera, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, which played in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater from January 20–22, features music by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon and text by playwright Sandra Seaton.
Following the Sunday evening performance, philanthropists Wayne and Catherine Reynolds hosted a dinner at the Kennedy Center sponsored by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. Guests included British Ambassador Karen Pierce and Sir Charles Roxburgh, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, Bret and Amy Baier, Billy Martin, Abby Phillip and Marcus Richardson, Dede and Dr. Dallas Lea, Teresa Carlson and Andre Pienaar, Isabelle Johnson, Lee Satterfield and Patrick Steel, Kim Sajet, Anita and Tim McBride, and Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit.
Denyce’s husband, NYU Langone transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Montgomery, who has visited and supported Ukraine’s largest functioning transplant center, was joined at the dinner by fellow doctors from Ukraine.
Isabelle Johnson of the S&R Evermay Foundation is a partner of the Denyce Graves Foundation and its new exhibition at the Kennedy Center, highlighting the untold stories and achievements of America’s hidden musical figures. The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from Mary Cardwell Dawson and the National Negro Opera Company, on loan from the Heinz History Center, and runs Jan. 18–Feb. 1, 2023.
On January 22, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously presented to Mary Cardwell Dawson for providing opportunities for gifted African-American performers and challenging systemic racism. Established in 2003 by executive order by President George W. Bush, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have volunteered more than 4,000 hours of service and is the highest honor in the President’s Volunteer Service Award system. Presented by Dr. Beverly Kee, Certifying Agent, Premiere Coalition Partners Association, the award was accepted on the late Dawson’s behalf by her grandniece, Debra Evans.
Prior to the performances, the Library of Congress hosted a lecture on January 19 by Dr. Karen Bryan entitled, “Self-Determination on the Operatic Stage: Mary Cardwell Dawson and African American performance in Washington, DC and New York City.” The lecture was presented by the American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress.
The Denyce Graves Foundation is committed to highlighting the rich musical heritage of early African-American performers and preparing the diverse pool of tomorrow’s vocal stars by encouraging inclusive opportunity, access, and advocacy for the next generation.
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