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White House Correspondents Dinner

Here Comes the White House Correspondents Dinner!

Oh, man this has to be the hottest ticket in town. The special dinner where the press gets to roast the president? Especially one whose approval rating hit 28 percent today and it's his last year in office!? I'm dying, dying to go.

The whole tradition of the dinner started in 1924, when Calvin Coolidge became the first of 14 presidents to attend. Up until World War II, the dinner was an entertainment spectacle with singing between courses, a homemade movie (aw! how cute is that?!), and an hour-long, post dinner show with big-name performers.

This year is no exception. I suppose? Though the list this year doesn't feature Sinatra, (or Paula Jones and Matt Drudge like in this pic from 1998). Ben Affleck, Pamela Anderson, Eric Dane, Tim Daly, Hayden Panettiere, and Marcia Cross will all be there — and kind of inexplicably — Lauren Conrad from The Hills. Maybe LC and GWB are BFFs? Could happen.

The host this year is Scottish-born, now US citizen Craig Ferguson, who said of receiving the honor,

But I thought as soon as I become an American you know what is going to happen, I am going to get jury duty or the CIA. will get in touch and have me assassinate a foreign head of state. Anyway my first job as an American citizen I can exclusively reveal tonight is performing at the White House Correspondents Dinner weekend. I am doing it. I am doing it. I know! Anyway, I am not hosting it. President Bush is . . . I am thinking does he know I can't be kicked out now? Like it would be the
big thing have the dinner and my last act at president, you go home Ferguson. I am like I am home.

The shindig happens April 26. Will this year top Stephen Colbert's turn in 2006? To take a quick peek at the host heard round the world,

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lula29 lula29 7 years
I LOVE Stephen Colbert!! He's so clever and so funny. And he has a great singing voice, who knew? I love Craig Fergueson too. I can't wait until he host this.
lula29 lula29 7 years
I LOVE Stephen Colbert!! He's so clever and so funny. And he has a great singing voice, who knew? I love Craig Fergueson too. I can't wait until he host this.
stephley stephley 7 years
He definitely has a gift. Sometimes, I get a little tired of the faux-O'Reilly schtick, then he'll go to The Word and completely obliterate some stupid idea being floated and I end up absolutely in awe of his talent.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Stephley, I LOVE stephen Colbert. His book is hilarious, so is his show. I would honestly rather watch him then CNN or MSN or any of those news sources. hahaha He has a gift of putting things in perspective.
stephley stephley 7 years
He was invited as a comedian, not a correspondent though he was a Daily Show correspondent. Some people think he's quite brilliant, thus the new Peabody Award.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
How is Colbert, a comedian, considered a Correspondent? He isn't a journalist, he's just a comedian, and not a good one.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I re-watched Colbert's White House Correspondents' Dinner a couple of weeks ago. It still cracks me up. Dubya's reactions are the best.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I just love that Stephen Colbert!!!
stephley stephley 7 years
Why is it only 'kind of' inexplicable that Lauren Conrad is invited? I think it's downright bizarre.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Ferguson's got a lot of work to do to top Colbert :D but I like him quite a lot, and have faith he'll rock the dinner!
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