FDL Live Blog: White House Correspondents Dinner Swag


Quick, turn to CSPAN!

Conan O’Brian hosting. Attendees like Kevin Spacey, Barbra Streisand, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sigourney Weaver. And a 20 lb swag bag stuffed with goodies. What is this, the Oscars?

Nope, it’s the increasingly popular “nerd prom”, the White House Correspondents Dinner where  the press gets to um…why does it exist really?  Well, it’s a fundraiser. And the President shows up and makes some jokes about his fellow politicians who are also in attendance and everyone eats a fancy meal. And the correspondents feel like they have power and influence -especially if they are lucky enough to bring a celebrity as a guest, or get a shout out from POTUS.

Here’s what’s in the 20 lb goodie bag, sponsored by Time and People magazines (copies of which are thankfully included):

Alba Botanica, Alex and Ani, California Baby, C Wonder, Demeter Fragrance, Eastern Collective, Edge Shave Gel, Georgetown Cupcake, GoGo squeeZ, GoMarco In., Good Karmal, Grooming Lounge, Happy Socks, Herban Essentials, illy issimo, Incase, JASON, John Masters Organics, Justin’s, KIND Healthy Snacks, Kusmi Tea, LeSportsac (the bag itself), L’Oreal Paris, MADHOUSE by Michael Aram, Manduka, Neuro Drinks, Peeled Snacks, Pirate’s Booty, Praim Gorup, Preserve Products, PRITI NYC, Purely Elizabeth, Quinn Popcorn, Red Bull, Revision Skincare, RUSK, SAMY FAT HAIR, Sara Kety Baby, Schick, Scholastic, Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle, Somersault Snack Co., SpaRitual, Starbucks, Stila, Supersmile, TableTopics, Taza Chocolate, Theo Chocolate, Toyota (alas, a mug, not a car), Twistband, Urbanhalo Headbands, VEGA, Weleda.

What’s missing? Um, knee pads?

So pull up your unsponsored snack food item of choice, and let’s live blog this lame duck White House Correspondents dinner. It will certainly have some zingers, though let’s face it, ours here will be funnier.

35 Responses to "FDL Live Blog: White House Correspondents Dinner Swag"
Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 03:23 pm 1

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 03:26 pm 2

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 03:53 pm 3

BuzzFeed couldn’t get a table, so they are up the street hosting their own party in a bar.

treat | Saturday April 27, 2013 03:57 pm 4
In response to Elliott @ 2

Yes, Brokow has integrity and now that this has become a circus. Lindsay Lohan was the last straw for him. I am sick of it as well as it is so insincere. This used to be about camaraderie and the fact that the GOP and Deems could work together like Tip O’Neill did with Reagan. Now it’s all about show business, like politics has become…
very sad.

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 04:05 pm 5
In response to treat @ 4

heh, he’s speaking now – mentions Fawn Hall,he brought Lee Iacocca once.

eCAHNomics | Saturday April 27, 2013 04:25 pm 6

Sigh. Another great American tradition self-degrades into mockery. /sham regret

EternalVigilance | Saturday April 27, 2013 04:31 pm 7

What’s missing? Um, knee pads?

They get those for free at work.

Twain | Saturday April 27, 2013 04:38 pm 8
In response to eCAHNomics @ 6

The lack of self-awareness is stunning. The “press” is a joke.

kafka | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:05 pm 9

Do they have 2 drinking fountains? You know, a fancy one for the politicians, MSM “journalists”, and Hollywood types, and the rusty one out back for average Americans.

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:14 pm 10
In response to kafka @ 9

they don’t need a 2d, we weren’t invited.

greenwarrior | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:20 pm 11

Well, I tried, but Odierno speaking is enough. Have fun!

bolloxref | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:26 pm 12

Are these shits so unaware that they’re not cognisant of Versailles, c. 1789?

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:31 pm 13


Salad: Black lentil terrine with lump crabmeat; tango green and red artisan greens; red and yellow tear drop tomatoes, paired with a dill vinaigrette.

Break presentation: Seven-grain rolls; white and wheat rolls; sourdough rolls; flatbreads and butter.

Entree: Texas-rubbed petite filet with a calvados demi, paired with duo of jump shrimp seasoned with red curry, roasted haricot verts, baby pepper, patty pan squash, tasso mache choux risotto.

Dessert: The Galaxy–rich chocolate truffle mousse layered with chocolate genoise and almond macaroon; ganache truffle center finished in chocolate glaze, garnished with fresh raspberries.
Freshly brewed regular and decaf coffee: A variety of regular and herbal teas.

Wines: Estancia chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

prostratedragon | Saturday April 27, 2013 05:48 pm 14

Hmm. The article about the thinning effects of medical education accreditation curtailment on rural birth control sent me looking, but what I found also works here, only aimed in a different direction:

Big Bill Broonzy and his Chicago Five singing “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town”

You never can tell who you’ll find on those outskirts.

eCAHNomics | Saturday April 27, 2013 06:29 pm 15
In response to Elliott @ 13

You’re kidding about the wines, of course. Estancia chardonnay is a $7 wine, not pricey enough for such exalted court jesters.

Randall Kohn | Saturday April 27, 2013 06:38 pm 16

These hoes could be bought for a Whopper Jr.

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 06:49 pm 17


Kevin Spacey & House of Cards

eCAHNomics | Saturday April 27, 2013 06:52 pm 18
In response to Elliott @ 13

Lest we indulge in nonintellectual mockery, here’s the poop on who gets in. Tables (of 8?) cost $2000.

Link doesn’t seem to be working, so here it is. http://www.whitehousecorrespondentsweekendinsider.com/dinner-history/whcd-who-gets-in/

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:05 pm 19
In response to eCAHNomics @ 18

Yet they are all too cheap to donate to the scholarship fund?

robertarend | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:17 pm 20

Nothing like the WHCD to capture the incestuous cavorting of the most well-paid of the national press with the rich and powerful. Later they will all dance together at the after parties while their whoring rots this nation from the inside out….

eCAHNomics | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:19 pm 21

Mauimom | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:20 pm 22

I don’t know what the cost is of the items included in the “swag bag,” nor how many of these things were passed out, but why couldn’t the “sponsors” tote up how much they’d have to pay for THEIR item and instead write a check in that amount to the local food bank?

They could take credit for their “generosity” and “corporate good citizenship” by printing a lovely card touting their “contribution” and passing IT out to the “honorees.”

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:28 pm 23

Obama’s getting some good digs in – lol Gallop didn’t see that birther joke coming

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:30 pm 24

Daniel Day Lewis as Obama – lol

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:41 pm 25
In response to Elliott @ 24

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:50 pm 26
In response to Elliott @ 17

Elliott | Saturday April 27, 2013 07:53 pm 27

NPR is the table for the kids with peanut allergies

stevelaudig | Saturday April 27, 2013 10:17 pm 28

The knee pads are surgical implants, rather like Greta’s lips.

Alice X | Sunday April 28, 2013 12:58 am 29


The Plutocrats and their Troubadours …

At best, Court Jesters, but I doubt many have the substance.

Woe are we. Are drones funny?

lordgoogoo | Sunday April 28, 2013 01:53 am 30

Did Sigourney Weaver really attend this? If true, I’m so disappointed in her.

drack37 | Sunday April 28, 2013 02:50 am 31

Ass-Lickers of America, unite!

easyrider1969 | Sunday April 28, 2013 04:47 am 32

Madame DeFarge was outside knitting.

pelham | Sunday April 28, 2013 05:36 am 33

This shameful event would be a good target for Occupy.

TimWhite | Sunday April 28, 2013 05:43 am 34

This thing is an embarrassment.

O ran on judgment. Ha.

joeblue | Sunday April 28, 2013 03:10 pm 35


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