ABC Snags Obama Inner Circle For White House Dinner
As usual this time of year, Washington news organizations are knocking each other over to find the A-list of hot celebrities to take to the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. ABC News is winning this year's battle - at least when it comes to Washington celebrities, the Sleuth has learned.
ABC has managed to snag everyone from White House senior adviser David Axelrod and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for this year's dinner, on Saturday May 9.
Besides those four - and Axelrod's wife, Susan Axelrod - ABC, according to its spokeswoman, Emily Lenzner, is taking the following Obama heavyweights: White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; Jackie Norris, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, and her husband, John Norris, chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.
And to shake things up a bit, the network is also taking as its guests a couple of highly entertaining conservatives who span the generational spectrum: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and Meghan McCain, the feisty daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who has been driving the Republican establishment crazy of late and just signed a six-figure book deal.
So far - and keep in mind, the big news organizations are still extending invitations - none of ABC's Hollywood guests outshine its Washington invitees. They include Kate Walsh ("Private Practice"); the hunkalicious Taye Diggs (also of "Private Practice" fame) and - sorry, ladies - his wife, actress Idina Menzel (Enchanted).
Wanda Sykes (a Sleuth fave; we love her stand-up routines and her appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm") will be this year's featured entertainment.
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