The 2014 event as usual featured interesting guests, including political journalists, star athletes, tech titans, Hollywood celebs and Washington politicians invited by US President Barak Obama and the First Lady.
Joel McHale, star of the NBC series ‘Community’ weighed in as the principal entertainer while Harry McAlpin was the first black reporter to attend the presidential news conference with the WHCA announcing a scholarship in his name.
Two of the highlights of the evening were President Barack Obama cracking jokes at his own expense and Joel McHale’s freely deriding political figures.
The show, which is held once a year in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton, allows the President of the United States to put both himself and his opponents on mock trial before invitees, which on this occasion are said to have numbered as many as 2500 people.
Neither President Barack Obama nor Joel McHale held back. Obama called two Fox News hosts “potted plants”, McHale repeated Chris Christie gibed “George Clooney lives in the colon of the Commander-in-Chief”.
The bulk of the banter went something like this:
OBAMA: I want to thank the White House Correspondents Association for hosting us here tonight…The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage…. I think they’re still searching for their table.
McHALE: Thanks to Obamacare, or as the president refers to it, “me-care,” millions of newly insured young Americans can visit the doctor’s office and see what a print magazine actually looks like.OBAMA: MSNBC is here. They’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before.
McHALE: Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, is here. So if any of you congressmen want to cut out the middleman, just show him your penis.
Yet, the reports on the glamour and glitz were not altogether complimentary, with one international journal writing:
“This highlight of the media and political social calendar began life as a mere evening meal, organised by the US capital’s press corps, to celebrate the work of journalists over the preceding 12 months. But it has ballooned into a long weekend of schmoozing, with nine pre-Dinner parties taking place in Washington on Friday evening alone, including one thrown by Google and Netflix, attended by several actors from the hit political drama series House of Cards”