March 17, 2010

Inside the Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner

Posted: 10:21 PM ET

By Senior Producer Eleanor McManus

It was a who's who of media personalities and political types in Washington tonight at the 66th annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner.

This is the dinner honoring journalists in the field of television and radio. They bring politicians, celebrities and people in the news as their guests, which tends to make some news the next day.

Perhaps Kathy Griffin was one of the bigger celebrities here. We've had her on the show numerous times, but it's so interesting to see her mingling with this group. She was a guest of CNN, and by the way she was incredibly tiny.

Senator Scott Brown and his wife were here too, both incredibly charming. Since he came to Washington in the midst of all the snow, his wife mentioned to me how this was the first time she saw DC without snow!

Other politicians included Tom Ridge, Senator John Thune, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep. Mark Foley, and Donald Rumsfeld.

Standing in line to get in, I saw quite a scene of schmoozing journalists. There were Ted Koppel, Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski all waiting to go through security.  The lovely Miss USA (dressed in red with her tiara) was having a conversation with CNN's Roland Martin. Upon entering the reception, there was Bob Schieffer talking to Luke Russert.

Perhaps the best part of the night was Vice President Joe Biden. He was quite funny, and made the audience laugh. Who knew the VP was a comedian?

Ok off to the after-parties. Who will be there? Who will have too much to drink? Who will be schmoozing with whom? I'll have to get back to you on that one.

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Rob   March 18th, 2010 1:27 am ET

I think that these politicians and media types mingling,backslapping boozing and acting like stand up comedians is another indication that if you're in the spotlight whether a senator,newsguy or bozo the clown it's all about cashing in,partying and living the good life. Limousines,caviar,getting to meet other famous people and sleeping in late.Did donald rumsfeld do a stand-up about ,well golly we didn't find the weapons of mass distruction this time but wait till we look in Iran..HA Ha. In the mean time the average american just goes about their lives as best they can. have heart people you still own the ballett box! And turn this kind of rubbish off your t.v.

Cajazz76:24:8   March 18th, 2010 1:37 am ET

All fun and games while the hungry mouth's and ailing shadow's of the poor cast their last dime's into the coffer's of their elected representative's; whom they hope will just cast a vote, just one time, in their favor.

jack   March 20th, 2010 12:39 am ET

They should be too interested in passing a decent health care bill, stimulating jobs, ending wars, reducing needless spending etc. rather than cutting up for public consumption. If we want to watch comedy routines, we will watch comedy central or something. Good to have humor, but I would rather see our elected representaives working on needed reforms. They need to get serious and be not just about helping a small select group of the ultra wealthy, if they want to restore any confidence in the system.

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