The dinner's red carpet is about the oddest mix of celebrity and politics you can imagine--Eric Cantor and Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian and Scott Brown, jockeying for the cameras. And when the two worlds intersect, it's gold.
Last year, Marlon Wayans caught a glimpse of Donald Trump--the IT guest of the year, since he'd just succeeded in getting President Obama to reveal his birth certificate. Wayans mused aloud that he should give Trump's hair a healthy tug--a comedic moment, alas, that never came to be. But it's even better when a pol plays the celebrity game himself. In 2010, then-RNC Chairman Michael Steele was glowing by the time he reached the red carpet, raving about having just caught up with his "buddy" Chris Tucker. Tucker was less impressed: "Who is Michael Steele?"
ABC News Digital, Senior Washington Editor
My favorite moments at The White House Correspondent Dinner are the unlikely combinations of people you see in one place--often talking to each other. I will never forget walking past Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at an after-party one year while he was having what looked like an in depth conversation with Pamela Anderson. You don't see that every day.
Yahoo! News, White House Correspondent
My favorite moment from the White House Correspondents Dinner came in 2006, when one of my guests was a dear friend--a U.S. Army officer who had just spent 15 months in Iraq. Comic Stephen Colbert riffed at one point on the recent spate of criticisms that retired generals had leveled at then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumseld. "I've got a theory about how to handle these retired generals causing all this trouble," Colbert declared. "Don't let'em retire!"
I can still hear my friend's rumbling belly-laugh -- it was contagious.