To celebrate the Dinner I did two historical reviews of the proceedings. First for Politico Magazine and the second for the Washington Post style section.
Calvin Coolidge was the first president to attend.
In the 50’s and 60’s it was a Sinatra and Hope type of affair.
Helen Thomas was the first to break to the glass ceiling and pave the way for women reporters.
Michael Kelly shocked the gang by bringing Fawn Hall.
As did Ellen DeGeneres, later on, by bringing Anne Heche.
Then there was the year of Ozzie.
And in 2013 Tom Brokow boycotted because Greta van Sisteren had brought Lindsay Lohan the previous year, which, to me would represent a positive trend.
There was a year when Obama sported bangs. For some reason.
Remember when Seth Meyers said that Trump was not only on Fox but also had a fox on his head? Great.
Penn and Scarlett showed up together one night.
Arianna Huffington called Christie and Bon Jovi her “Jersey Boys”. Ickkk.
The most amazing night of all was when Obama joked along while plans to take out bin Laden were under way. A great split screen Zero Dark 40 missed. Would have been a funnier film.