Open thread: Politicians, media gather in D.C. to celebrate politicians, media

posted at 7:01 pm on April 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

Ed had his say about the WHCD earlier this afternoon and I’ve had mine, over and over, in various annual threads since 2006. Let me add two thoughts. One: For better and for worse, the atmosphere is different when there’s a Republican in office than when there’s a Democrat. When the GOP holds the White House, there’s an element of suspense that the comedian hired to deliver the keynote will crap all over the president the way Colbert did to Bush in 2006. No chance of that for the next four years, but that means you can watch tonight for the laughs with little fear of feeling annoyed tomorrow. Two: Brokaw’s right that this is a narcissistic freak show, to the point where attendees have had to invent self-deprecating slang for it to distance themselves ironically. I’ll never agree, though, that it poses some sort of threat to the media’s credibility. To repeat a point I made last year when Brokaw started his yearly kvetching about the WHCD:

Does anyone really believe that the vast majority of the public even knows what the WHCD is, let alone has some strong ethical objection to it? In a way, his assumption about the public significance of the event reflects the same sort of Beltway myopia that he’s criticizing.

In fairness to Brokaw, arguably he’s making a more subtle point — not that the public is reacting negatively to the WHCD but rather that the press itself is more apt to cocoon itself in Beltway culture because of sleazy networking and stargazing opportunities like the WHCD. If I thought getting rid of their prom would help peel away that cocoon, I’d take his side. But I don’t. The media is an industry and it’ll have its own industry culture whether or not everyone puts on tuxes one night a year and gladhands the Real Housewives of D.C. or whoever semi-ironically on the red carpet. Pauline Kael once said she didn’t understand how Nixon had won since no one she knew had voted for him. I don’t think nerdprom was her problem.

There are lots and lots and lots of reasons to distrust and dislike the media, especially if you’re a conservative, but I’d bet not one in 100 people surveyed at random would name the WHCD as one of them. Not five in 100 would even know what the WHCD is. To treat this as some sort of problem is, however inadvertently, to minimize their real sins. No one would care about them spending an evening posing for pictures with the “Duck Dynasty” guys if they didn’t need to be browbeaten into covering the Gosnell trial. Have a ball tonight, water-carriers.

The show gets rolling at around 9 or 9:30 ET with Obama and then Conan O’Brien as keynoter, but the red carpet (yes, really) has already begun. If you want to watch any or all of it, it’s airing live right now on C-SPAN. The only really notable attendee I’ve read about today is NRA President David Keene, who’ll be a guest of the Washington Times. Expect plenty of uncomfortable reaction shots from him once O and O’Brien get rolling on the gun-rights lobby.


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Niters, all!

Resist We Much on April 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM

How about you prance around like a poodle while you are serving me a rum and tonic with a twist of lime?

You can also massage my feet, give me a French pedi, and paint my toenails the same poodle-red as yours while I’m enjoying my beverage.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Bark bark. *wags tail happily*

hehe (:

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Oh look … big, fat liberal obama-super-fan, Chris Christie, was hanging out with Arianna Huffington and Jon Bon Jovi …

http://twitchy.com/2013/04/28/gov-chris-christie-hangs-with-arianna-huffington-jon-bon-jovi-at-nerd-prom/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

Pork-Chop on April 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

not surprised one bit.

ted c on April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

NEWS FLASH!

Sparky dancing with Poodle!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45XE2xr958Q

NEWS FLASH!!

Sparky painting Sophies toe nails!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3he0F6KDnbA

Lmao…. Me so bad…. ;-P

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Agreed..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Nite Sophie – America doesn’t merit you but I’m glad you immigrated, legally.

Perhas fodder for a post on idocy…he should have placed it on ‘vibrate’:)

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Hahahahaha not… just heard obie say: When I look in the mirror, I don’t see the strapping young muslim socialist, looking back at me, laughs ensue… UGH!

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Good night Sophie… God Bless!! Sweet dreams :-)

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

ted c on April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Agreed..Christie might as well go ahead and become an independent..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

How about you prance around like a poodle while you are serving me a rum and tonic with a twist of lime?

You can also massage my feet, give me a French pedi, and paint my toenails the same poodle-red as yours while I’m enjoying my beverage.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2013 at 12:44 AM

NEWS FLASH: Film at 1am!!

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM

HEY!….Look, I don’t wanna upset any apple-carts, or nuttin’, buuuut – hey dere’s a lotta people out here waitin’ – and hey, dis film is LATE!

Where’s the film?

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

What are the odds eh? lol

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Ahem, films posted above at 12.59am 1 minute early I might add! Lol

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Sparky painting Sophies toe nails!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3he0F6KDnbA

Lmao…. Me so bad…. ;-P

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Ohhhh – THERE it is!……

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Scrumpy…I see u…
;)

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

This reporteress is sooooooooooooo tired now from flying thru the ether and darkness……… Le Sigh

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Oh Good Morning Bazil9!!!

I ain’t misbehavin’ ;-D

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Good reporteraging eh? ;-D

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Absitively!

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

H/T Sparky:

Contheory Spiratist ;P

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Dear B9. Xoxoxo. We need to get even with Scrumpy Doodles. Let’s concoct a plan during our snuggle time on the couch.

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Oh no you don’t! Yer going to the Brig!! Or be tazed… O_o

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Oh Good Morning Bazil9!!!

Dudettes!

MontanaMmmm on April 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Oh my, my head and sides hurt from laughing…

Need a mini *swoosh* …

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

I forgot my shirt at the waters edge.

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

*reswoosh*

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Good night williamg… God Bless and sleep good! :-)

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Did I miss the entire party? I had some last minute work.

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Good night williamg… God Bless and sleep good! :-)

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

: ) <3

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

I forgot my shirt at the waters edge.
Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

We shall seek it that I pledge…

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2JGRV1-MMs

Midnight….

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Music is not the same without him

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

And promise more this night to you…

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Dear MG.

Something very mischievous infected Scrumpy Doodles this evening and for once I had nuttin to do with it. Even B9 had to spy on her and take notes. What shall we do?

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

RG III… thank you for posting williamg!

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

I forgot my shirt at the waters edge.
Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

We shall seek it that I pledge…
Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

And promise more this night to you…

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Good evening, Spark.:)

It sounds like a case of Spring Fever. Unfortunately, it will wear off… eventually. Until then monitor the situation and see that she has a wonderful time. :)

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

And promise more this night to you…
Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Beneath the moons’ pearly hue

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

I believe I have consumed a little bit too much Moon Bean Wine!

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You slipped away so silently… I am glad to see you back! :-)

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I ain’t misbehavin’ ;-D

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Then you ain’t having fun, now.

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I received an important communication. It needed attending to sooner, rather than later. :)

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Moonlight..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

MontanaMmmm on April 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Whatz up chica!

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Leon Redbone

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

And promise more this night to you…
Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM
Beneath the moons’ pearly hue
Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Crackling fire, hand in hand…

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Man with steel!

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

SparkPlug on April 28, 2013 at 1:16 AM

LOL-concoct away!

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Dire Straits on April 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

:) Good evening again, Dire! Great tune, too. :)

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

I am tho ;-)

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2JGRV1-MMs

Midnight….

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Siiiiiigh!

“You won’t need no harem, honey – when I’m by your side…..”

Waitress At The Donut Shop…..

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

I forgot my shirt at the waters edge.
We shall seek it that I pledge…
And promise more this night to you…
Beneath the moons’ pearly hue
Crackling fire, hand in hand…

Just us two the way we planned

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Obama’s grandiose view of himself is right up there with Caligula. Breitbart has a couple of blistering write-ups–called him swaggering, which seems like a sort of mild adjective to me considering what he said.

INC on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

yes it does…

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Lluvia de Primavera

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

And like Maria sez:

“It ain’t the meat – it’s the motion”

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :-D

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Sarah tweeted this:

@SarahPalinUSA That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom

Note:, Sarah never attended the WHCD as the left are raging tonight. She went to a NBC afterparty as guest of Greta Van Susteren in 2011 after a pro life speech in Washington D.C.

journeymike on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Hasta Que Te Conoci

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Great singer! :-D

And like Maria sez:

“It ain’t the meat – it’s the motion”

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

So true…

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Divine!

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Shine On Harvest Moon – Redbone

An oriole sang in a willow tree,
as I slept beneath its boughs,
the moon rode high upon its spire
and it seemed to me the oriole began to speak.

The moon, he said, is a silver tea cup,
set adrift on a velvet sky,
and in that cup is a drop of fire,
to light the morning sun.

I woke at last to hear him sing,
but tears welled in my eyes.
The moon was gone, the sun shone bright,
the oriole, alas, had taken wing.

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Whatz up chica!

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Howz’ U been. I’ve been busy fightin city hall, or should I say county comish’nrs want’ n to put in a horrendously huge subdivision down the road and fighting the people who I thought were on my side, what a crazy world all messed up!
This is why I’ve be Awol, hours and hours trying to stop this shi…

MontanaMmmm on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Oh, what the heck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcAHav6ukEs

AND:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck9Sa_DHw5g

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Remember when she was with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band?

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

And so with that beautiful melody from Schad still resonating thru my mind…

I bid thee all farewell God Bless and Adieu!!

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Scrumpy on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Goodnight, Scrumpy. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on April 28, 2013 at 1:52 AM

YEEEAH, Baby!!

Maria Muldar and her “Motion Men”……..

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I didn’t realize until tonight that the dinner has a red carpet. What? The media is taking photos of the media to publish for the media?

HuffPo gushes over MO’s bangs. I’m not sure why except for the fact that if she wore burlap and shaved her head they’d still gush about her “bold fashion statement.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/27/michelle-obama-white-house-correspondents-dinner-2013_n_3171580.html

https://twitter.com/HuffPostStyle/status/328309878617673728/photo/1

INC on April 28, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Remember when she was with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band?

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Oh, yeah!…..and I remember her when she toured and sang backup in The Jerry Garcia Band, and her husband Geoff Muldar – who was no lightweight himself.

….and playing her records on the radio…Love her!

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:56 AM

and I remember her when she toured and sang backup in The Jerry Garcia Band, and her husband Geoff Muldar – who was no lightweight himself.

Geoff was a jug band member also.

….and playing her records on the radio…Love her!
williamg on April 28, 2013 at 1:56 AM

There’s a while generation that’ll give you that blank-eyed Homer Simpson look if you mention the numbers 33 1/3m 45 and 78 re:music, heh.

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

i’m kind of just meeting you — but I Like you!

We’ll have to talk more….sometime…..

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

i’m kind of just meeting you — but I Like you!
williamg on April 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl_NpdAy3WY

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Politicians, media gather in D.C. to celebrate politicians, media

To hell with em.

DFCtomm on April 28, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Jackie, how are ya?

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Saw a great indie band, “Regis and the Philbins”.

Rusty Allen on April 28, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Pimps, gimps and chimps.

A dinner of reheated bile sweetened with mock treacle.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2013 at 3:44 AM

“There was some confusion with the seating chart,” [Conan] O’Brien joked. “For a moment, someone accidentally sat Chris Christie with the Republicans.”

LOL “Say whaaaa??”

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 28, 2013 at 5:01 AM

I loves teh funny! And last night, Barack Obama wasn’t funny!

Down twinkles.

:(

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 28, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Not according to AOL/HUFF Ladysmith.
Here’s their headline: Audience Roars at Second-Term Jokes

In other words, his second term is a bigger joke than his first!

kregg on April 28, 2013 at 7:11 AM

MontanaMmmm on April 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

If you see this-sorry-I passed with the laptop. lol
Didn’t ignore you.

That sucks. RE: City Hall.
Keep trying and kicking butt girl!
Till we meet again-
Best wishes.

bazil9 on April 28, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Love the oldie dance songs :D

Before they were shaking in Harlem they was a’ shufflin’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjrvEeQowRk

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Erm…that tune was freakin GREAT!!!!!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

journeymike on April 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I think the Palin tweet and facebook post summed up the night very well. as2clowns indeed. It’s like France in 1789 “Let them eat cake”

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

unseen on April 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Not according to AOL/HUFF Ladysmith.
Here’s their headline: Audience Roars at Second-Term Jokes

In other words, his second term is a bigger joke than his first!

kregg on April 28, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Suck-o-riffic!
Blehhh…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM

“What Has Happened to America? Can We Reclaim it?”

kingsjester on April 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I simply shake my head in disbelief at the arrogance, ignorance, hypocrisy and total ugliness of the entire scene. These politicians and media people are really creepy! Their own horror film….The Night of the Living Read!

driguana on April 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

“What Has Happened to America? Can We Reclaim it?”

kingsjester on April 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The 1960′s happened and the communists came in under the radar and started a cancer in this country. I’m not sure it can be saved. The host is too weak to fight off the infection.

unseen on April 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

The 1960′s happened and the communists came in under the radar and started a cancer in this country. I’m not sure it can be saved. The host is too weak to fight off the infection.

unseen on April 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Don’t forget the fruits of our ‘free labor’ came around for the second time. Without that the Democrat voting base would be halved.

MelonCollie on April 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

When they introduced the scholarship winners, almost all them had a factoid about them read like “Jon Stewart fan” or “wants to meet Candy Crowley”.

The more things stay the same.

Moesart on April 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

“What Has Happened to America? Can We Reclaim it?”

kingsjester on April 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

…look at the Attorney General of the United States!…we need to recall EVERY person who voted for his approval!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

What celebs DIDN’T attend nerdprom???

Now I read that Katy Perry was there, too?

Blake on April 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Obama is more creepy than usual when he strikes a humorous pose. He never was a “young strappinng muslim socialist”. He’s always been a skinny old-school communist, by any means necessary, ready to exploit religion, according to the audience.

The whole event is uncomfortable because it underlines the sad fact that the press works, day and night, for the White House.

Nothing funny about that.

virgo on April 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

i’m kind of just meeting you — but I Like you!
williamg on April 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl_NpdAy3WY

whatcat on April 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

heh-heh! Yep, I do! You’re cute – and quick!

I’ll to post a link to Richard Thompson’s “I’ve Got The Hots for The Smarts”……….later

williamg on April 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The ruling elite having a mingle with “journalists”.

The prolitereat will never understand the struggles of the bourgeoisie.

Afterwards I’m sure they all went to some private dacchaus on the potomoc or had a good laugh watching Kermit Gosnell home movies.

acyl72 on April 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM

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