On the menu: Politics and schmoozing
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton May 1, 2010 in Washington, DC.
April 29th, 2011
12:11 PM ET
11 years ago

On the menu: Politics and schmoozing

Washington (CNN) – Washington and Hollywood will come together Saturday night.

President Obama will address the annual black tie gathering of Washington's press corps, political establishment as well as actors, actresses, musicians, business people and sports celebrities known as the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

What will be a tad unusual this year is that also in the audience will be some Republicans who may be considering becoming presidential candidates and therefore hope one day they will be on that stage instead of Mr. Obama.

Donald Trump, who has said he is actively considering running for President and has said he will make a decision about his intentions before the end of May, is attending. Trump will be just off a series of events this week in the key early voting states of New Hampshire and Nevada.

"Donald Trump is a fascinating figure to Washington," Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told the paper, which invited him.

Also on hand will be U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who is believed to be mulling a run for the Republican nomination. Ironically his last day on the job is also Saturday. Huntsman is arriving back in DC Friday after two years at the post. Allies of Huntsman have formed a political action committee, an organization which could be a precursor for a campaign organization if he decides to launch a bid, and are eagerly awaiting word on his political future.

Either or both men could find themselves part of the President's speech.

In January The President lauded Huntsman during a press conference with the Chinese President Hu Jintao.

"I think Ambassador Huntsman has done an outstanding job as ambassador for the United States to China," he said. "I couldn't be happier with the Ambassador's service. And I'm sure he will be very successful in whatever endeavors he chooses in the future. And I'm sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary," a comment which was met with laughter.

On Wednesday after the President released his long-form birth certificate he seemed to be taking a dig at Trump at a fundraiser that evening.

"So today was a fun day. I wasn't – nobody checked my ID at the door. But it was also a serious day because part of what happened this morning was me trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It is serious."

At the event there is always a lot of political talk with members of Congress, cabinet members, White House and congressional officials and as political insiders also in attendance mixing and mingling with such celebrities as actresses Mila Kunis, Mira Sorvino, Kate Hudson, actor Tim Daly and entertainer Paula Abdul.

The entertainer this year is Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers, who as anchor of the show's news updates often makes fun of politicians of both parties.

Several of the lending GOP contenders – Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum – are not coming to the dinner.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I'm sure the Comedian-in-Chief will give a great performance. It is about all he does well.

    April 29, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. DC Insider

    I can't want to see the clips from this event. I am hoping Obama comes up with something as funny and good as Clinton did back in the day. I hope someone takes a few zingers at Trump too.

    April 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    Oh really? Could have fooled me, I thought this was written by Fox News – Facts Don't Matter considering the negative spin.
    ALL Presidents smooze at these events...it's part of the job and a tradition. "Great Democrat Welfare" = code for the real Republican agenda acknowledged by Ron Paul which is to abolish Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Good Luck ending that!

    April 29, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. gt

    if he could govern like he raises money ... every one would have a great job.... plenty of cash... but thats all he does is campain....

    April 29, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. bill

    Disturbing photo.

    April 29, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. one voice

    I wish I could be there to see our great President smack down the Ridiculous right in a comical way. Look forward to the highlights. 🙂

    April 29, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. one voice

    @ the dork with the loooooooooong naaaaaaaaaaaame abbbbbbbbbbbove, Our president has done more good to get our Country out of the ditch where your hero bush left us. If the CROOKED GOP wouldn't have blocked 240 bills in the Senate, we would be alot closer to full recovery. WAKE UP CLOWN!!!

    April 29, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    How come we don't ever hear anything about Republican or conservative fund raising events? Because when they do it is called a job creation summit, or some other impressive sounding name that goes with the wind flow.

    April 29, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |