(CNN) - Journalists, politicians and celebrities brushed elbows at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a tradition that dates back to the 1920's. Here's a look at some of the red carpet arrivals. (More photos after the jump).
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports from the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Talk show host and model Tyra Banks arrives for the big event. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich arrives with wife Callista Bisek. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Ashton Kutcher, wife and actress Demi Moore and CNN's Wolf Blitzer pause for a picture. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Recording artist Alicia Keyes pauses for pictures. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Journalist and media personality Barbara Walters is all smiles. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actor Samuel Jackson is photographed on the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Director Steven Spielberg arrives with wife Kate Capshaw. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams shows up for the correspondents' dinner. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actor Dennis Leary and wife Ann Lembeck attend the festivities. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson talks with reporters. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actor Jason Bateman pauses before the program begins. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
CNN's Kiran Chetry smiles for the cameras. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Comedian Wanda Sykes stops for pictures before she takes to the podium. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actor Lou Gossett Jr. talks with journalists. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Rapper and actor Ludacris arrives for the evening's events. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
Actress Natalie Portman walks the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN
What a trashy, tawdry event.
What a trashy, tawdry event. The only decent part of the evening was the presentation of the scholarship students.The off-color jokes were tasteless and offensive. How can anyone laugh at torture? It's like joking about the holocaust. The Obamas were diminished by this event. Why do they bother surrounding themselves with these cheap so-called journalists who are nothing but narcissistic celebrities?
When did the correspondents' dinner turn into the Grammys?
Very nice, a president with good humor ..... now that's American!
Ahhhh, the Beautiful People. Don't try to convince me that looks don't matter.
What America is and the diversity that exist in our country was shown tonight. A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. Americans from all walks of life were present. I do believe Pres. Obama is respected and a very large percentage of Americans and the world want him to succeed. I have watched the DOW, the market, it is slowly improving in spite of the negativity of some who hate our president. Pres. Obama wants SLOW but STEADY growth. It is like building a tall building with a very, very strong foundation. Improved education, health care for all so the burden won't be on our companies, energy independence, research and development in US, Modify NAFTA and GAT, close tax loopholes that the wealthy take advantage of, incentives for companies that remain here and hire their own people. IT IS CALLED PATRIOTISM with an honest heart, if they are true Americans they would gladly pay their fare , do the right thing.
i loved this great meeting of the minds. the jokes were great. the country is broke, and we have an ignorant troll making jokes about Palin. I lover her ingenius analogy of Cheney and robbing a bank. Her logic is the same as an abused rescue dog. Next thing you know Obama will invite Michael Vick to the White House afterall he has the same ignorant crudentials as Ludacris and the philosopher of a generation, Tyra banks. i loved Alan Greenspans reaction to the trolls humor.Obama is very funny. I like the fact that he can waste billions of dollars laugh about it and then put a ghettto Troll whose only claim to fame was a nations ignorance in defending tax increases by comparing it to dressing up. Obama is Great.
President Obama and Wanda Sykes were so funny! I will give it to Steele who did exhibit he has a sense of humor. And the rest of the GOP... most have lost their sense of humor. No humor, no ideas...just the party of no.
Ludacris, what disrespect to our country.
Prez Obama is one funny guy! A man with many talents. America is so fortunate to have him as our president. God Bless you President Obama!
President Obama is in the right place at the right time in the history of this country. Are we lucky or what???
Where are my tickets?
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Oh, by the way why not hold the roast in swat valley you idiot, people are dying !
Regular people represented?
sorry I can't make it this year. Next year
Conservatives are so busy trying to view and portray the Obama Administration as just a bunch of far-left liberals bent on destroying the country, but these (and other) photos belie that. You see see in these photos successful Americans of all colors and creeds who are proud of their country and celebrate with a President that they are proud of.
Looks like it was fun. Can't wait till my band performs there next time. LOL Hey, dream big.
I always tought that the word "Correspondents" has to do with reporting, journalism, or just sending a Correspondent, like a person or piece of mail to some place. I didn't know that these dinners are made for every lunitic, actor and big-mouth to attend.
What am I missing, besides some Obama cool-aid?
America's love affair with celebrity worship is at the root of the problems we see in the United States today; greed, lack of accountability, selfishness.
I like seeing a multicultural mosaic in the pics like everyone else. Too bad the sexxy babe on site to be photograpghed was Tyra Banks instead on MSNBC's Tamara.
We need to laud intellect, not fame. A talk show host had no place at an event like this.