Ah, the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The place where political reporters get to ask questions that would make Us Weekly proud and the pretty people of Hollywood get to mingle with the, well, people of the Beltway. We were there through it all. From the awkward red carpet moments with E! correspondents to the speeches inside the Washington Hilton.
Read our full updates from the night.
9:48 The dinner featured an excellent House of Cards spoof, "House of Nerds," which featured Kevin Spacey in character as Francis Underwood interacting with various figures from the world of politics and political journalism. Valerie Jarrett was in there, so was Michael Bloomberg, so was Ben Smith.
The premise: Underwood is trying to control the dinner. Jarrett wants to sit next to Conan. (Underwood later asked: "Is Valerie badmouthing me to the President?") John McCain asked if TBS was a "real network," and said Conan was fine "as long as you don't put Pelosi at our table, she keeps trying to friend me on Facebook." Politico wanted Kim Kardashian. It all ended with one of the show's characteristic monologues.
9:41 And, inside, Patrick Stewart, apparently enjoying himself:
9:30 Reuters has some better looks at the gowns of the evening. Here is Claire Danes in a gorgeous blue Prada:
And Chrissy Teigen (who tweeted: "Just threw poops at the Fox News table super awesome!"):
Hayden Panettiere in a yellow, drape-y get-up:
And Sharon Stone in a lot of black:
8:54 As the guests dine, here's a photo of Barbra Streisand and Mayor Bloomberg via Reuters.
8:39 And while we're on the subject of GIFs, here is the GIF the White House Tumblr posted with the caption: "Getting ready for the Correspondents’ Dinner."
8:33 Conan O'Brien being introduced:
8:15 The president and first lady have arrived.
8:06 And here we go, a glimpse of Conan, who gestured to someone in the crowd.
7:59 Dave Weigel getting intimate with Psy:
Mother father gentleman. twitter.com/daveweigel/sta…— daveweigel (@daveweigel) April 27, 2013
7:55 Lauren Ashburn's Twitpic of Nicole Kidman at the dinner presented without further comment:
7:50 If you wanted to watch people (celebs and not) mingle, here's a live stream courtesy of The Hill:
7:44 To be a fly on the wall for these conversations:
7:35 Our AtlanticLIVE has supplied Instagrams of Jeremy Renner and Ed Helms:
7:27 And if you were wondering what swag you're missing out on the Washington Post has a glimpse inside the Time/People gift bag from their party. There's a Clifford the Big Red Dog book in there:
7:20 Politico's live blog of the night has some tidbits of strange WHCD interactions. Babs, for instance, thinks this dinner is "very different" from her last. Hayden Panettiere is a Hillary supporter. Martha Raddatz apparently snagged Kerry Washington's autograph for her son.
7:09 And...Psy. Because the White House is not over Gangnam Style.
7:05 Via Politico, fake veep at the WHCD:
6:57 Claire McCaskill weighing in:
And speaking of Olivia Munn:
6:52 We haven't been counting, but roughly everyone who we've seen been interviewed is most excited to see Obama. Snooze.
6:46 Netflix, on Twitter, promoting House of Cards at an opportune moment.
6:45 The White House Correspondents' Dinner: where Today show anchors are interviewed alongside a Game of Thrones star. No discussion—as far as we know—of how the cutthroat world of the NBC morning show might relate to the cutthroat world of Westeros.
6:40 Gerard Butler and Piers Morgan. Butler just starred in a (racist) movie with the White House under attack.
6:38 E! breaks news. Newt Gingrich says he has "no idea" if he will run for president.
6:33 More strange bedfellows: Arianna Huffington and Jon Bon Jovi:
6:31 Some red carpet photos courtesy of Politico. Kate Mara:
6:26 And now Connie Britton just told E! that Bob Schieffer came up to her and said he was a fan of hers: "He told me that he writes songs."
6:20 Here's Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy chilling with Bob Schieffer. They became friends after last year's White House Correspondents' Dinner according to E!. White House Correspondents' Dinner: a place to find friends.
6:09 Bravo's Andy Cohen, absurdly enough, was the first to remark, in so many words, about how bizarre E!'s red carpet show is. "Tonight Candy Crowley is the big red carpet interview as far as I’m concerned," he said. Marc Malkin and Alicia Quarles of E! were not so sure about that.
5:58 E! has already screamed for, and talked to, Kerry Washington who plays a fake D.C. insider on Scandal.
5:53 p.m.: Before we begin get familiar with the night's seating chart.
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