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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 05/10/2009

Video: Celebs Descend on White House Correspondents' Dinner

By Liz Kelly

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Sting and Trudie Styler, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Mariska Hargitay, Duane "The Rock" Johnson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and at least two "Gossip Girl" cast members (and many more). The last time D.C. saw this many stars was... less than four months ago when many of the same names jetted to D.C. to take part in inaugural events. Still, there's something endearing about watching bona fide journalists go ga-ga over the celebrities packed every bit as sardine-like with them in the bowels of the Washington Hilton for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Last night Jen Chaney and I pushed our way through the overheated hallways of the hotel to bring you the fine piece of video journalism below -- including interviews with Jason Bateman, David Cross, Jon Bon Jovi and Kyle MacLachlan:

A few more moments from the evening:

Richard Belzer said he was once slated to host the Correspondents' Dinner during the Clinton administration, but that the invite was revoked. Why?

"I said you have to be insane to want to be president," Belzer told us. "President Clinton said he wanted to be president since he was 10 years old. That should have been a clue."

Seems innocuous enough for a comedian. Though a search of The Post archives turns up a slightly longer quote. Here it is as printed in The Post on Jan. 31, 1997:

"I think anybody who wants to be president when they're 10 years old is mentally ill," he says good-naturedly. "He has sold out the liberal movement and he's sold out the progressive movement. He's a contemptible piece of [expletive] as far as I'm concerned.")

David Cross remarked to Jason Bateman that he was getting a lot of questions about "the movie," which we have to assume is the storied "Arrested Development" movie that is finally lurching towards production.

True to form, Ashton Kutcher was Tweeting as much as possible until he entered the cone of silence that was the actual dinner. Here's one of his post-dinner observations:

"Demi claims Obama gave her the"what's up" smile. Meanwhile all I got was the 'who farted' squint."

By Liz Kelly  | May 10, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
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The "who farted" squint pretty much sums up Aston Kutcher's acting style as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 10, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Jon Bon Jovi's hair looks weird. Especially up toward his forehead. Is he going bald?

The mustard discussion was particularly interesting.

Posted by: pras40 | May 11, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Private message to Nosey Parker:

That was not me on the Lisa De Moraes chat gushing over The Big Bang Theory. But it's nice to have a reputation.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt, look on the bright side. It means someone else likes BBT enough to gush to Pookie over it, too!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Liz, Don't forget that Saturday evening your colleague The Fix gushed over Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach Eric and Principal Tami Taylor of "Friday Night Lights").

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is, who did President Obama wink at? (Caught that one on C-SPAN, which broadcast the event.)

Posted by: Californian11 | May 11, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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