May 9th, 2009
11:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Journalists, politicians and stars mingle

(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).

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CNN's Kate Bolduan reports from the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Talk show host and model Tyra Banks arrives for the big event. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich arrives with wife Callista Bisek. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Ashton Kutcher, wife and actress Demi Moore and CNN's Wolf Blitzer pause for a picture. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Recording artist Alicia Keyes pauses for pictures. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Journalist and media personality Barbara Walters is all smiles. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actor Samuel Jackson is photographed on the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Director Steven Spielberg arrives with wife Kate Capshaw. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams shows up for the correspondents' dinner. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actor Dennis Leary and wife Ann Lembeck attend the festivities. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson talks with reporters. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actor Jason Bateman pauses before the program begins. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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CNN's Kiran Chetry smiles for the cameras. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Comedian Wanda Sykes stops for pictures before she takes to the podium. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actor Lou Gossett Jr. talks with journalists. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Rapper and actor Ludacris arrives for the evening's events. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN

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Actress Natalie Portman walks the red carpet. Photo credit: Brendan Polmer/CNN


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    I think we needed this

    May 9, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. Ula Nejad-Sacramento ,Ca

    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.

    May 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Why are celebrities at this kind of function? WHAT is the REASON for them to be there????

    They aren't journalists

    May 9, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. RIcardo Phillips Of DC

    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

    Amazing Dinner

    May 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. John

    The elites mingle amid glitz and glamor.

    And you're not allowed anywhere near the place.

    May 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Steve

    Do these people have a clue about the real world?

    May 9, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Steve

    Can you say "Vomit"?

    May 9, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Denise

    I am shocked at the Repblicans that appeared (Powell being the exception)

    May 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. Chenna Benna

    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.

    May 9, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. ohio girl

    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.

    May 9, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. good to see the white house had some fun

    now get back to work

    May 9, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Willow

    Which wife is that Newt??? Good ole family values!

    May 9, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. JN

    W. Bush would have had Bruce Willis, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Greenwood, Kelsey Grammar, ZZ Top....and ??????

    May 9, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. California Indy

    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.

    May 9, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    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.

    May 9, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. richie

    Wanda sykes was very very funny!

    May 9, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    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.

    May 9, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. finally...

    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

    May 9, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. m smith

    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.

    May 10, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. sharon

    I was hoping to see Kiran Chetry. She looked beautiful as I hoped.

    May 10, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. Lisette Root

    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.

    May 10, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. CNNKenyanfan

    I think the president delivered great punch lines but Wanda Sykes MIGHT have went over the top a little.

    May 10, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Tasha

    sWEEt....some cool peolpe I see

    May 10, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  24. Sally

    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.

    May 10, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Jean

    Wandy Sykes was disgusting and an embarrassment to the President. Who picked her?

    May 10, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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