Last night we celebrated the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the Washington press corps by hosting a party here at the MPAA headquarters, two blocks from the White House.
Among the guests was SNL’s Seth Meyers, who’s speaking at tonight’s WHCD and brought the whole Meyers clan. Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper of this year’s Best Picture, The King’s Speech, and comedian Chelsea Handler each made appearances; and Mike Isabella, star on Bravo’s Top Chef, entertained guests with a lively cooking demo (he made tartare, and it was delicious). Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan was even there to give the fiesta mas sabor.
Guests from the media included NPR’s Nina Totenberg; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Jessica Yellin, Ed Henry, and Gloria Borger; Fox’s Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, and Jim Angle; ABC’s Jake Tapper; PBS’ Gwen Ifill; and a wide range of other broadcast and print media leaders. All told, over 200 guests were in attendance and Senator Dodd says he plans to make it an annual tradition.
Reporters often have a thankless job; this is our opportunity to honor them for all the hard work they do year round. We tip our hats to the Washington press corps, and hope to see you at next year’s event.