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.