Whom to look for and how to see VIPs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner


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White House Correspondents' Dinner host Conan O'Brien in front of the White House (Photo: Conan O'Brien Twitter) White House Correspondents’ Dinner host Conan O’Brien in front of the White House (Photo: Conan O’Brien Twitter)

Hollywood is here and tweeting. Let the party politics begin!

Even if People.com isn’t your first read every morning, you likely know the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is Saturday night. Actors, athletes and duck hunters alike will be rubbing elbows with Washington’s power set… and those who pretend to be (think Frank and Claire Underwood here, not a junior staffer who snagged the boss’s tickets).

Among the A-list guest list? Several presidents: Barack Obama, naturally, but also The American President Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) and President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (played by Tony Goldwyn on the ABC show Scandal) will attend. Expect the vice president there, too: HBO Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Luckily, Gerard Butler has some Secret Service training after his role as an agent in Olympus Fallen. Butler will be a guest of CNN.

Jon Bon Jovi is a reported guest of Huffington Post. Newsweek/Daily Beast invited Nicole Kidman. Will Korie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty shave his beard for this black-tie affair? Doubtful, but look for him at the Christian Broadcasting Network table.  

You don’t need a ticket to do some serious star gazing at the Washington Hilton. Fans playing paparazzi line up outside the hotel, and past attendees tell me all you need to walk the red carpet is a tux. A more passive way to grab a selfie with a star would be to linger in the lounges of a high-end hotel between now and Sunday morning. Or, to ensure you don’t miss any of host Conan O’Brien’s punchlines, play it cool like Tom Brokaw and tune in to C-SPAN from the comfort of your couch.

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