Notes from the glamorous Saturday night White House Correspondents Dinner, where Hollywood meets Washington.
Find out where Condi Rice got her hair done before the dinner....
*George Clooney, the actor, writer, director drew a constant crowd of gawkers around him. He’s been in Washington to draw attention to the genocide in Darfur….He’s part of a Save Darfur rally on the mall today.
At the pre-dinner Newsweek party, Clooney was pinned in a circle of camera snapping admirers.
*The power couple of the evening were Valerie Plame, in a long white sleek gown and her dashing looking husband Joseph Wilson. Plame is the former CIA agent at the center of the leak probe being investigated by Chicago-based U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
(Fitzgerald has a policy of turning down invites for these kinds of dinners.)
*Self-deprecating political humor is the best. I’ve been to a bunch of press dinners with Bush, and he mocks himself the best.
The White House ordered two podiums for the head table ``stage’’ for President Bush and he shared the spotlight with a Bush impersonator, Steve Bridges. Bridges was Bush’s alter ego, his thought bubble, speaking what was really on his mind:
• Laura Bush? ``She’s hot!’’ and Caliente!’’
• ``I survived the White House shake-up.’’
• ``Why can’t I have dinner with the 36 percent that like me?’’
*Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, the keynoter, had his moments in a taped piece of schtick, a take-off of a real White House press briefing where he was the press secretary.
*Names make news….Secretary of State Condi Rice...who my buddy saw getting her hair done in the afternoon at the hair salon in the Watergate complex (she lives there).....people in the salon call her Dr. Rice......Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in a goofy skirt…Fired FEMA Director Michael Brown making the rounds…Henry Kissinger, still turning eyeballs…Actress Anna Deveare Smith… GOP advisor Mary Matlin…
….Former Chicagoan and Village Voice columnist Toni Schlesinger, author of the just published ``Five Flights Up: And other New York Apartment Stories’’….Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte…Actor/activist Joe Pantoliano…..Former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley…..Desperate Housewives' James Denton......RNC chief Ken Mehlman.... Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
.....Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright....I'll be at a reporters breakfast with her on Monday, to talk about her new book released Tuesday, "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs."