May 9th, 2009
11:45 PM ET
14 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).


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

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  1. Anonymous

    What a trashy, tawdry event.

    May 10, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |

    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?

    May 10, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  3. Anonymous

    When did the correspondents' dinner turn into the Grammys?

    May 10, 2009 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  4. Daniel Los Angeles, CA

    Very nice, a president with good humor ..... now that's American!

    May 10, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. Hopeful Optimist

    Ahhhh, the Beautiful People. Don't try to convince me that looks don't matter.

    May 10, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |

    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.

    May 10, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |

    Nice pics

    May 10, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  8. obamalover

    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.

    May 10, 2009 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  9. P from CA

    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.

    May 10, 2009 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  10. jimmy

    Ludacris, what disrespect to our country.

    May 10, 2009 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  11. Lee in Oregon

    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!

    May 10, 2009 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  12. Karen Burstyn

    President Obama is in the right place at the right time in the history of this country. Are we lucky or what???

    May 10, 2009 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. Perusing-through

    Where are my tickets?

    May 10, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  14. B urgess Dillard/Quote Albert Eistein

    "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 !

    Burgess Dillard

    May 10, 2009 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  15. james Los Angeles

    Regular people represented?

    May 10, 2009 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  16. massa dean

    sorry I can't make it this year. Next year

    May 10, 2009 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  17. Brad

    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.

    May 10, 2009 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  18. Gail Ellis Duncan

    Looks like it was fun. Can't wait till my band performs there next time. LOL Hey, dream big.

    May 10, 2009 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  19. Yossi Gestetner

    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?

    May 10, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. No More Entertainment Tonight

    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.

    May 10, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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