ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: GQ’s Ana Marie Cox and I had the tough assignment Saturday night: Talk to famous people on their way into the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
That could be famous as in Kim Kardashian, who told us she really wanted to meet First Lady Michelle Obama — and lobby the president himself on the Armenian genocide.
Or famous as in Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who said he drove his famous pickup truck to the Washington Hilton, and really wanted to meet President Obama face-to-face for the first time. (How has that not happened before?)
And how’s this for an odd connection? Jay Leno’s father once hired Brown’s dad for a job as an insurance salesman. “Jay’s dog was named after my dad, believe it or not.”
Everyone likes to name-drop. There was RNC Chairman Michael Steele, showing off his designer tux and saying he was glad to walk to the red carpet “with my buddy Chris Tucker.” (Tucker, for his part, said a few minutes later: “Who is Michael Steele?”
Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” said he met White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, whose brother, Ari, is the inspiration for the Ari Gold character on the HBO show. (Would Rahm curse too much even for HBO?)
Richard Schiff, who played White House communications director on “The West Wing,” recounted a story about visiting the communications director’s office a few years back.
Omar Epps only wanted to meet one person — you only get one guess — and wanted to remind that certain person that the presidency is a marathon, not a sprint.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., talked about the line between work and pleasure on a night like this one. “Fix the derivates portion of the financial reform bill tonight? Probably not.”
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told us he might be scouting for some potential pick-up basketball players he can “try and whoop.”
Ty Burrell had already checked off a box on his want-to-meet list before visiting with us — and told us that women everywhere tell them they’re married to Phil from “Modern Family.”
And leave it to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to sum up the night: “This is the strangest, most bizarre thing I’ve ever been involved in… [And] I do bizarre things for a living every day.”
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