WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be an evening devoted to roasting CBS’ legendary “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, but all the journos and pols at Washington’s Hyatt Regency for last week’s 15th annual benefit roast for Spina Bifida couldn’t resist throwing more than a few zingers Sen. Ted Kennedy‘s (D-Mass.) way.
CNN’s Judy Woodruff, who founded the event with husband Al Hunt of the Wall Street Journal, was off covering Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s historic recall victory in California — which just gave the roasters one more excuse to poke fun at the latest Kennedy clan political success.
“If you’re wondering why Arnold speaks with such a funny accent, it’s because he’s Austrian by way of Hyannisport,” quipped longtime CBS newsy Lesley Stahl.
“I’m just thinking it’s going to be an interesting Thanksgiving dinner this year,” White House chief of staff Andrew Card piled on.
Woodruff’s son Jeffrey, 22, who has battled the disease, attended, along with about 500 other Washingtonians.