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Inside the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner

Okay, I promised I’d bring you guys in with me. So here are a few photos and a video I took to give you an idea of what it’s like at The Big Dinner.

Let’s start by rolling the video. It capture the moment the Obamas enter to Hail to the Chief, the presentation of the colors – which I love – and the National Anthem.

Below on the thumbnail for the video is Mrs. Obama and the night’s entertainment, SNL player Cecily Strong.

 

In some ways the party is not as glamorous as you might think. Here’s the Washington Post party. Really, would you be fighting to get into this sea of humanity?

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This is the line to get into the actual dinner, which follows the cocktail parties. Luckily, there was a somewhat better way, and I managed to find it.

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Here’s the view as you walk into the ballroom, just as the dinner is beginning.

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Not everyone is seated yet . . .

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National Security Advisor Susan Rice chats it up before dinner.

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“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell hold an urgent powwow with someone who looks like he’s in charge of something they care about.

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ValJar looks serious listening to Democratic operative and TV commentator Donna Brazille.

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Chris Matthews experiencing the thrill of it all.

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Nancy Pelosi can’t seem to find her table.

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Below, Obama chats on the dais with White House Correspondents Association President Christi Parsons. Now the White HouseĀ correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the other papers in Tribune Publishing, she covered local politics in Chicago for the Tribune and has known Obama for years. But I know her, she’s no suckup and plays it straight.

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Wolf Blitzer at his table with guest Jane Fonda. She was given a special serving of Hanoi Beef.

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Donald Trump makes a point not long before becoming the butt of one of Obama’s jokes.

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Mike Brzezinski of MSNBC.

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Hope this provides a little bit of a look into what goes on. I had a good time, both networking on behalf of my website and enjoying myself, I will admit. Despite my best efforts, there was still some bourbon left in the hotel at the end of the evening.

Honestly, I mostly behaved myself. An occasionally bad stomach prevents over-indulgence. Blessing and a curse.

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37 Responses to Inside the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner

  1. I was over at the Washington Hilton on Friday evening. There was a prom taking place. Busloads of teenagers in formals streaming from coaches near the garage entrance. To be honest, the place doesn’t have much curb appeal. I assume it’s either much nicer inside, or the only venue large enough to host something like this.

  2. Prom nite for the Beltway Bobs and Bobbies..Keith, glad you were there to represent us…really, seriously. Glad you were there, not sure I could have made it past the first cocktail or cocktail weenie, but apparently they were abundant. Wink wink

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    • I was in Boston three days after the bombing. I was staying at the Westin Copley Place, the front steps of which CNN was broadcasting live from, and where most of their personnel were staying. When Anderson Cooper was out in front, on camera, he attracted massive crowds. But when Wolf Blitzer was on camera, people just walked on by. During the commercials, he’d turn out to the crowds with his nose in the air, stopping short of announcing, “I’m Wolf Blitzer. Admire me.” You could tell it really annoyed him.

    • And I did look at the pictures…what kind of plastic surgery do these old women have done to their upper arms? ALL old women have batwings, believe me.
      Does anyone dress appropriately for their age?
      What ever happened to growing old gracefully while classically and fashionably attired?
      Ladies, put your boobs and your upper arms under wraps. No one wants to look at either.

      • Oh my gosh! I totally agree with you. There comes an age where your arms definitely need clothing. It does look like some monied dames have their wings clipped & they STILL look gross.

    • YES You read my mind – I was thinking the same thing. All her Face ‘n Body work is going to haunt her one day. And, that time is coming soon. She’ll go Dow in the history books as the 1st AA FLOTUS and a Failed TG Experiment.

  3. Thanks, Keith. You make me feel as though I was there.

    Did you take video? If so, were you that close to the front?

    Why must FLOTUS always look so annoyed and put out? I just don’t get that.

  4. Did you have to purchase your own dinner ticket? What was served? Also, was Trump a guest of somebody?

    Susan Rice’s dress looks like a clown costume which I believe is appropriate for her! jb

    • I was actually going to comment on all the dresses: what a bunch of shmatte!

      Keith, I know you weren’t there for the fashion, but was ANYONE wearing anything worth looking at?

      these people desperately need stylists.

      • Exactly what I was going to say.
        Look at that POS Rice is wearing. God awful. She looks like another troll like ValJar. ValJar wearing – what the hell is that? Some sort of Iran thing?
        Saw Chris Matthews on Jeopardy TV show. I could not believe how dumb he is.

  5. Thanks Keith ! What no selfies? Lol, I’m just jealous you were there in the flesh.

    Last year I was in DC the WHCD weekend and thought I’d bop by to celebrity drool at the arrivals, no such luck, major shutdown of the blocks around the Hilton…especially for the unwashed masses. Took in a play at the Kennedy Center instead :)

  6. Very Cool…….Boy, The Obamas did not even smile at the Marine band. If scientist could harness power from sourpuss expression Michelle would be the greatest green energy source ever! Hell, she could use her mutant power to actually pay for all her trips on AF1.

  7. I have to say that I don’t envy you at all, attending that dinner. So many fakes and phonies in that room. Would make me sick having to try and not let my pure disdain for them show. Good for you Keith – for being able to put up a good show.

  8. Thanks for the video, photos, and insider’s perspective, Keith.

    Personally, you could not pay me to squeeze into that room like sardines with that bunch of insufferable elitists. I’d rather have a root canal.

  9. Thanks for the inside look! Didn’t they fire the florist recently? I guess the new florist came up with that hideous mass of flowers on the head table. Not very classy looking. And I notice most put hand over heart for the national anthem, while O seems to have his hand on his pocket, making sure his Nicorette gum is still there…