(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
I think we needed this
So is this songwriter/ artist thinking of taking a shot at being a public servant. Maybe she can assit the democrats how to get creative with their policies. Go have children to complete yourself stupid.
Why are celebrities at this kind of function? WHAT is the REASON for them to be there????
They aren't journalists
I cannot believe wanda sykes said Rush Limbaugh must was the 20 th highjacker but he was just high on Oxycotton so he was late for his flight. Then she said that with Obama and Biden going to the burger joint together must was Pelosi idea. Something happen to them she becomes the president. WOW
The elites mingle amid glitz and glamor.
And you're not allowed anywhere near the place.
Do these people have a clue about the real world?
Can you say "Vomit"?
I am shocked at the Repblicans that appeared (Powell being the exception)
The President did a great job. The Joe Biden jokes were especially funny. I loved the Michael Steele jokes. I'm sure Steele will be calling into Rush Limbaugh's show on Monday to apologize for laughing at the President's jokes about Rush. Wanda Sykes was funny too. I think she gave Faux News some new material to spin as well as a new target, but her joke on Limbaugh was great. Loved how she talked about the charity thing between Olbermann and Hannity. Hannity is too afraid to accept Olbermann's challenge.
I do not understand why the stars are invited to a correspondence dinner. Shouldn't the guest list be media, reporters, and people who actually write journalism for a living? What does Bon Jovi, Mariska Hariskay, Sting, and the Rock have any business being there? Why couldn't students of journalism in this country have been invited to the dinner? Young people who have an active interest in writing should have been invited. Not Hollywood talking heads all dressed up and wearing lip gloss. What a waste.
now get back to work
Which wife is that Newt??? Good ole family values!
W. Bush would have had Bruce Willis, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Greenwood, Kelsey Grammar, ZZ Top....and ??????
Quite a suggestion by Wanda Sykes at the WHCA tonight: perhaps Rush should take a page out of Prince's playbook and change his name to a symbol –> #20.
CNN should remind Ed Henry that listening in on someone else's conversation Wanda Sykes and Michelle Obama is off limits.
He sent in a tweet stating that Wanda asked Michelle if the jokes about Rush were too much and that Michelle told her no.
It seems to me that that was a private conversation.
Ed Henry and John King have an obvious dislike for the Obamas.
I do not know if it is an envy because he has reached a goal that they hoped they would never see, an African American as president of the USA.
One thing is certain he is far smarter than either one of their pompous a..'. Rush has said and continues to say things that even freedom of speech should bring into question. CNN will continue to fall in the ratings as long as they have people like this on staff.
Racist can only contain themselves for so long and it seems Ed and John have held it for as long as they could.
Wanda sykes was very very funny!
It appeared to have been a fun time tonight. I'm glad to see that all could come together and enjoy an evening and contribute to education.
Our President has a great sense of humor and excellent timing. I enjoyed his comedy routine. After eight years of fumbling Pres. Bush, I appreciated finally being able to laugh with our President instead of at him.
"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." George Bush
Well I guess the president was funny. This should relieve the people that where worried. Now lets see what the repos will make of his remarks. Im sure they will find something to complain about. But what else is new.
I was hoping to see Kiran Chetry. She looked beautiful as I hoped.
What an amazing snapshot of America! It is very good to see Brian Williams smiling, and to see people unafraid of the truth. I've heard it said somewhere, "and the truth shall set you free", it is obviously true, and I for one am proud to see and hear it. Only cowards hide behind others, and only cowards try to justify the lies they tell.
I think the president delivered great punch lines but Wanda Sykes MIGHT have went over the top a little.
sWEEt....some cool peolpe I see
Barack Obama is a very funny man. Just listen to his portion of the audiobook Not My Job: The Best of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. One of the funniest parts of the set and far funnier than a couple of the professionals on there.
Wandy Sykes was disgusting and an embarrassment to the President. Who picked her?