The Hollywood elite gathered in the White House on Saturday, April 28 for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), which sees news organizations invite their celebrity friends to celebrate journalism alongside President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and other politicians.
Among the 2012 guests were George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Sigourney Weaver and more, reports Zap2It.
If you don’t know what the WHCD is for, the White House Correspondents Association describes their annual event as a dinner “traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps.
Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.”
Opening the dinner, President Barack Obama said: “We gather during a historic anniversary. Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals.”
“I’m not going to attack any of the Republican candidates – take Mitt Romney,’ Obama went on, adding that the former Massachusetts governor would call the luxurious Hilton ballroom ‘a little fixer upper.”
He continued: “(Romney) and I actually have a lot in common… We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one, he has two.’ After a pause, he added: ‘What a snob.”
Four years ago, Mr Obama recalled, he was locked in a tough primary fight with Hillary Rodham Clinton, now his secretary of state, claims The Daily Mail.
“Now she can’t stop drunk texting me from Cartagena,’ he said, referring to their recent trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, where Clinton was photographed drinking a beer and dancing.”
A bit later, the president gave a knowing nod to several instances of ‘hot microphone’ instances, lampooning himself in a monologue, asking who the Kardashians are, and why exactly they’re famous.
“What am I doing here,’ he asked off stage. ‘I’m opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.”
The Kardashians made a splash on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner red carpet at the Hilton with talk of politics and media — and a possible mayoral bid by Kim.
“Stay tuned,” Kim told Politico. “I always set my goals really high.” “Our parents are complete Republicans,” Kim Kardashian, who said she’s a Democrat, added.
In a clip from the second season of “Khloe & Lamar,” Kardashian announced her plans to run for mayor of Glendale, California to her sister Khloe Kardashian-Odom.
“I decided I’m going to run for the mayor of Glendale,” Kim said. “It’s going to be in, like, five years. So I have to buy a house. Noelle and I are looking into all the requirements.”
As The Huff Post writes, Kardashian, who is of Armenian descent, said she’s eyeing Glendale for her political debut “because it’s, like, Armenian town.”
One more star guest was Lindsay Lohan, who before the start of the speeches Saturday night, was seen having a near-breakdown inside a hotel bathroom.
“There’s too many people. I can’t handle this,” Lohan told Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, according to a witness.
George Clooney, known for his social activism, said he had no problem with the stars in attendance who aren’t so politically astute.
“We’re all citizens aren’t we?” Clooney said. “I really am the last person to be judging others. I was in a movie called ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.’”