White House Correspondents’ Dinner and After-Parties
Washington Hilton, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont. May 9, 2009. By Jada Yuan
You're UCLA's commencement speaker. Did the president offer you any speech advice when you met him?
“He was funny, he said, 'Humor, humor. Just use humor. You know how to do it. Look, you don’t even shave your beard.'”
Did you and Rahm Emanuel hit it off when you met tonight?
“We talked about the swine flu. I don’t know how we got on the subject.”
Are you happy with your seating arrangement tonight?
“I'm at the Fox News table. Not my politics, but we’re just happy to have tickets. I want to debate Bill O’Reilly.”
—Mayor Michael Bloomberg
When did you first meet Barack Obama?
“About four years ago. I thought, 'This guy could be the next one.'”
—Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
—Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
Washington parties are notoriously odd. What's your impression of this event?
“Really? Try Hollywood.”
What did you talk about with the president when you met him today?
“I've got some ideas about the economy. Number one, ignore health care. Just ignore it, because, you know, who cares?”
What did you say when you met the president today?
“Nothing. I just stood there grinning. I was too nervous. Too nervous!”
—Taye Diggs & Idina Menzel
Since you got a job in Washington, when are you planning to move?
“I’m not done in L.A. First I have to find a subletter for my place.”
—Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges
You are carrying around Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science book. Why?
“You can never be too careful at these things. At any moment, boredom may break out.”
—Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt
—Samuel L. Jackson
Washington parties are supposed to be boring. Do you have any survival tips?
“You have to create a mini-party around you. It’s pretty scary. But then again, it’s harmless.”
—Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
—Jon Bon Jovi
Since you acted on The West Wing, do you want to work in the real White House?
“I'm not going that far. The butt boy, or the First Aide, has to know who everyone is to tell the president. And I’m terrible with names.”
What did you think of the president's speech tonight?
“He needs to stop smiling at his applause lines. The president should be squirming in his seat. Not smiling.”
How is life in Washington different than life in New York?
“It's not as fun. I would never go to anything in this town by myself. ”