White House Correspondent Association Dinner 2012: Red Carpet Arrivals From Hollywood And DC

  on April 29 2012 3:27 AM
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    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) attends the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner in Washington and stands next to Reuters Editor in Chief Steve Adler (L) and WHCA President and Reuters correspondent Caren Bohan (R) April 28, 2012. Reuters
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    Diane Keaton walks on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington Reuters
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    Eric Stonestreet arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, April 28, 2012. Reuters
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    Elle Macpherson arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Reuters
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    Actress Lindsay Lohan attends the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner in Washington Reuters
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    Kim Kardashian walks on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Reuters
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    Actors Kevin Spacey (L) and J.R. Martinez arrive on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Reuters
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    Actor Paul Rudd arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Reuters
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    Actress Elizabeth Banks arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Reuters
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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (L) and his wife U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (L) and his wife Callista arrive on the red carpet Reuters
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    Actress Rashida Jones arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Reuters
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    Director Steven Spielberg talks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R) at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner Reuters
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    Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Reuters
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    Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Reuters
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It was a glitzy affair at the White House Correspondent Association Dinner, with some of the most powerful names in politics and media assembling with the likes of celebrities at the gala event Saturday night.

Held in the ballroom of the Hilton in Washington, DC, the 92nd annual event rolled out its red carpet to a swarm of Hollywood A-listers, including George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Day-Lewis, Diane Keaton, Rashida Jones, Lindsay Lohan, not leaving behind showbiz's favorite reality stars like Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner.

Also in attendance were Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from the Modern Family hit TV series, the Washington Post reported.

Presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of State Colin Powell were amongst the politician guests who made their presence felt at the event. The media elite included CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan, Arianna Huffington, NBC's Ann Curry, Chris Wallace of Fox News and several other acclaimed journalists, the Daily Mail said.

Bigwig comedian Jimmy Kimmel played host at the dinner bash, taking shot at everything from Cartagena's Secret Service scandal to the presidential campaign, the report said.

Who will it be this year? asked Kimmel to a packed crowd.If you're looking for the greatest threat to America right now, she's right there, he said, pointing to Kim.

As of the guest of honor, President Obama tuned into his own funny side as in last year, taking a crack at Donald Trump and other fellow politicians including himself.

Formed in 1914, the White House Correspondent Association acts as a link between the media and the President. The event honors several journalists for their exceptional work in their profession and proceeds from the dinner go towards scholarship funds for college students, the Huffington Post said.

However, the annual dinner has drawn heavy criticism in the recent years for showing less importance to the actual purpose of the event and instead leaning more towards the celebrities gracing the occasion.  

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