ABC News Senior White House Correspondent
In 2005, my "date" for the dinner was then-Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert; the previous year I kept running in to him on the campaign trail in the most random spots (chasing down Howard Dean backstage at Carroll High School in Iowa, in the hallways of the history department at the University of South Carolina.)
During the dinner, Colbert excused himself and was gone for a bit. When he returned he told me he had been on the phone with his agent, and they had just finalized the deal for his own show. It was a great moment for him, and fun to be able to revel in his success, but I must confess I wondered to myself if he would be able to maintain the Colbert "character" for a full half hour. Shows you how much I (don't) know about comedy; his show took off and he was the performing comedian at the next year's dinner.
Yahoo! News, Washington Bureau Chief
Every year I find myself wondering why Hollywood celebrities would want to fly East to sit in a cavernous hotel ballroom in a town famous for its lack of style. But then I find myself in conversations with random celebrities, many of whom are clearly extremely interested in specific issues and in the overall political landscape.
The most surprising conversation I had at a dinner was a few years back when I was introduced to Kim Kardashian and she became intrigued by last name's Armenian heritage. She began to educate me about the Armenian genocide well beyond anything I had ever known prior to meeting the Hollywood starlet. It was a good thing she steered the conversation and informed me all about this issue near and dear to her because I had never seen her reality TV show and didn't know what we would talk about. Who woulda thunk?
ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent
I love who ends up becoming your photographer at these events. The year quarterback Tom Brady was at my table, people were climbing over Colin Powell to get to him. And several of the young women who were flocking to the table asked General Powell if he would take their picture with Tom Brady.
I have had a few "four-stars" as my official photographer as well. This picture from 2008's dinner is General Peter Chiarelli taking a picture of me with Morgan Fairchild.
ABC News Senior Political Correspondent
For me, one of the most memorable WHCD moments was when Ozzy Osborne stole the show during the 2002 dinner, jumping out of his seat and raising his arms to thunderous applause when Bush mentioned his name. Bush read through the names of some of Ozzie's hits--"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," "Bloodbath in Paradise," etc--and said, "Ozzy, Mom loves your stuff." Classic.
ABC News Radio, National Correspondent
I was seated next to the lectern at head table in 2007 when Bush 43's stunt double, Steve Bridges, came on stage as a total surpirse to join the President for his routine.
World News with Diane Sawyer, Washington Editor