Kathryn Lopez questions the “institution” of the White Houses Correspondence Dinner:
‘Colin Firth is here!”
“Have you seen Colin Firth?”
Such were the most frequently asked questions and exclamations at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Reagan Hilton on Saturday night.
Every year, the dinner is an odd scene. As President Bush put it: “It’s an interesting crowd. You know, just think — Pamela Anderson and Mitt Romney in the same room. Isn’t that one of the signs of the apocalypse?”
Luckily for Romney — who was scheduled to sit at National Review’s table — the former Massachusetts governor was called off to Nevada to campaign for John McCain and didn’t make the dinner. But the policy wonks and politicos and Secretary of State were dressed to the nines there along with Ben (Affleck) and Jen (Garner), Will.i.am, Marcia Cross, Tracey Ullman, and, yes, Colin Firth — accent and all.
I’m not sure how I feel about this correspondent’s dinner, as I’ve always typically enjoyed the lightness of the event. However, read her very good observations here.