I’ve been traveling most of the day and am now in Washington DC for the event that is affectionately called “the prom,” also known as White House Correspondents’ Weekend and culminating in the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, with President Obama as the main act and Jay Leno as the warm up. It’s no longer a weekend; it’s a week filled with events, including on at the Library of Congress tonight hosted by the Creative Coalition and the Washington premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Casino Jack and the United States of Money.” (I’ll have more on these later).
This week’s events also should put to rest any notion that DC is Hollywood for ugly people. The setting for the Library of Congress event can’t be beat in Los Angeles for its history and class (Gutenberg Bible here; Jefferson’s notes on the Declaration of Independence there). Spike Lee, Tim Daly, Cheryl Hines, Gloria Reuben, Marlon Wayans, Adrian Grenier, Dana Delany and Steven Weber were among the celebrities in the mix, but the guest of honor for the Art & Soul event was the Librarian of Congress James Billington.
Perhaps the surest sign that things are changing is that on Saturday, C-SPAN will be providing red carpet coverage of the arrivals to the dinner.